As part of this year’s Manitoba Pork’s Manitoba’s Best Teacher contest, parents, guardians, students, staff, and others shared inspiring stories of teachers who have gone above and beyond to make a great impact on the lives of students and their communities during the 2021-2022 school year.

Five grand prizes were awarded to teachers across the province, consisting of a $750 VISA gift card to be used for their classroom, as well as a catered pork-based lunch for the teachers and staff of the winning school.

Five additional teachers were chosen to receive $250 VISA gift cards to put towards improving their schools.

Thank you, Manitoba teachers, for all the hard work you have done. You play a significant role in students’ lives that extends far beyond test scores.

Grand Prize Winners - $750 Visa gift card + Pork-based lunch

  • T.Hawryluk, Whyte Ridge School
  • J. Forslund, Elmwood High School
  • R. Dyck, Carberry Collegiate
  • T. Magnan, Ecole Powerview School
  • F. Campbell, Warren Collegiate Institute

Secondary Prize Winners - $250 Visa gift card

  • T. Salamondra, Hartney School
  • B. Neuhofer, Goose Lake High School
  • D. Jansen, Murdoch MacKay Collegiate
  • A. Manuala, Nisichawayasihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate (NNOC)
  • L. Mercredi, Peguis Central School

Read the winning teachers’ heartfelt nominations


  • "Mrs. Hawryluk is a colleague of mine and is a fabulous teacher. Every student that has the privilege of her being their teacher becomes a better student and citizen of the world after being in her class. She holds all her students, no matter what grade she is teaching to a high standard and expects them to achieve to their best potential. She is extremely organized and works well with all her grade 4 teaching partners. She has challenged herself professionally over the past five years. She has voluntarily taught three different grades and spends hours of her own time prepping and creating interesting lessons for all her students. She is now also going to university to complete her post-Baccalaureate. I often wonder where she finds the time to get it all done, especially since she also has two children of her own who are very busy with their own extracurricular activities. She is a great member to the Whyte Ridge School team and always has a positive attitude. I am proud to work with her and believe she deserves to be dominated for teacher of the year for her many years of dedication to teaching and learning."
    Teacher's Name: T. Hawryluk School Name: Whyte Ridge School
  • "Ms. Forslund is really passionate about science, which she has shown through the many opportunities she has given to many students like me who are interested in the STEM field. Without her, I wouldn’t have been able to build the skills required to help me further in my future career, or science in general. I can always rely on her to help me with my plans for school. Ms. Forslund was my mentor for writing a research paper for the Global Youth Institute. She has further remained engaged with my eDNA program, which she brought up to her students. In the classroom, she is patient and willing to help her students learn. I am proud to have her as a teacher and a mentor Elmwood High School. I believe that Elmwood would not be seen as a great school for students if it weren't for her efforts of helping students find opportunities and passion in the STEM field. Thanks to her, I am able to leave high school confidently, knowing that I have spent my time well representing my school greatly and being a part of many opportunities that were related to my passion."
    Teacher's Name: J. Forslund School Name: Elmwood High School
  • "Mrs. Dyck has always taken teaching to another level. She is the Life Work Planning teacher at CC and is an advocate for the Youth in Philanthropy program. Each year students are granted ,000 from the community foundation towards a project of their choice. This project has been running for over 5 years and has influenced hundreds of students. Mrs. Dyck was also the staff leader for the high school student council, taking on the position for 18 years. Furthermore, she also had a major roll in winning a 15,000 dollar grant for a massive MB 150 celebration due to her students’ involvement. Mrs. Dyck has always taken the extra mile to ensure her students succeed and assure them to take the breaks they need if they are ever overwhelmed. Mrs. Dyck would use every last dime to support her students - they are basically her kids!"
    Teacher's Name: Raegan Dyck School Name: Carberry Collegiate
  • "Everyday Mrs. Magnan comes into the school and goes above and beyond for her students. She is always writing grants to help further support her students’ learning experiences. Mrs. Magnan and her students created a D-Team (dinosaur team), went to Drumheller and upon return recreated the museum for the whole school to see. It was nothing short of amazing and you felt like you were in the museum. Mrs. Magnan makes all students feel welcomed and cared for. She creates learning experiences for the whole school not just her class. She continually promotes lifelong learning and inspires youth. This week her and her students are setting up and creating a petit cafe and all students in the school get to go to the French cafe and order French cooking in a restaurant style environment. A memorable experience for all. Mrs. Magnan is truly an inspiration to all staff and students."
    Teacher's Name: Tanya Magnan School Name: École Powerview School
  • "Mrs. Campbell goes above and beyond her role as a teacher for her students and school! She is an enthusiastic, passionate, overly caring teacher and coach who works so hard to make sure all students succeed. She spends countless hours outside the classroom and coached cross country, basketball, and track field this year. She organized a fundraiser for Ukraine relief and has organized several fundraisers and applied for grants to help improve our school exercise room and outdoor track, both in desperate need of upgrades. In the classroom, she is creative with her lessons and makes learning a lot of fun and works so hard to help all her students reach their full potential, always making herself available for extra support. I would love for Mrs. Campbell to win this award as I know the prize money would be put towards one of her better the school projects she is working on, which benefits everyone at WCI. Every school needs a Mrs. Campbell, we are so lucky our daughter gets to have her as a teacher, coach, and role model."
    Teacher's Name: Mrs. Fallon Campbell School Name: Warren Collegiate Institute
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     Marissa is our school’s amazing grade 6-8 band teacher. Her school year usually starts with helping grade 6 students find "their instrument." It's unbelievably busy with band concerts, band trips, fundraisers, before school jazz band practices and lunch time one-on-one practice. She encourages and coaches kids wanting to be part of the Manitoba Honour Band and sponsors children unable to pay for band camp. This year has been unimaginably different. No instruments, no band concerts or band trips. The only thing that has remained the same is Marissa's charismatic love for kids and music. Her band class has turned into drumming classes! Each student supplied with a set of drumsticks and a white overturned 5 gallon pail has become a drummer!! She has taught them how to use drumming skills to play along with popular prerecorded songs in an exceptional way, even making videos to share with the school! Greeting EVERY class with a boisterous "Good morning!" (no matter what time of day it is) her students come in excited to spend time with her. She teaches a minimum of 5 drumming classes a day but treats each group like they are the first! Her whole band world turned upside down this year...and being Marissa, she made drums out of it! We love you Marissa!


    Teacher's Name: M. Hirsch School

    Name: Springfield Middle School

    Location: Oakbank


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    Whether it was teaching in class or remotely Jamie was able to keep his students engaged in their learning. This teacher had to adapt quickly because his classroom was split into two classrooms in order to maintain social distancing. Running between both classes and learning to do live stream classes meant going above and beyond was is expected of an already exceptional teacher.


    Teacher's Name: J. Maclennan

    School Name: Royal School

    Location: Winnipeg


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    I am an EA in Mrs. Creighton’s class. She has had a few, and one in particular, high needs students this year. She maintains a very high level of teaching all children, and made a huge difference in each child’s learning, despite the huge encompassment the of being the safest person for a high trauma -affected child. She acted at all times with the utmost kindness and love for each child in her grade 1 classroom. She kept learning fun, even with the restrictions. She was welcoming and works with every staff member who came into her classroom. She is inspirational to the younger and many first or few-year teachers in the school. She embodies professionalism with a huge heart.


    Teacher's Name: L. Creighton

    School Name: Rivers Elementary School

    Location: Rivers, MB


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    I would like to nominate Ciara Ziegler as Manitoba’s best teacher because she honestly deserves it. She is caring and the most genuine teacher who goes above and beyond for her students during a pandemic! She keeps her students safe by purchasing sanitizer, Lysol wipes, cleaning supplies, you name it from her own wallet. She always provides snacks and food for her students because they sometimes come to school hungry, and no one can work on an empty stomach. Ciara has pivoted all year back and forth to in-person learning and to remote learning from September- June. She continuously puts her students’ mental health and well-being first. Students’ will always remember their school year during the pandemic for years to come and I can say whole heartedly they will have good memories because Ms. Ziegler keeps her students safe, engaged, and makes learning fun even during the most difficult times.


    Teacher's Name: C. Ziegler

    School Name: Elwick Community School

    Location: Winnipeg



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    Though some teachers do the bare minimum, he always goes over and beyond to make sure all his students thrive, not only at school but at life in general. He makes sure to relate to each student's needs/life so that they have a fun filled learning experience, encouraging all his students to find their true selves. Mr. Poudrier deserves this, as all of his hard work does not go unnoticed and as a student I appreciate everything he has done and continues to do for me.


    Teacher's Name: P. Poudrier

    School Name: École Régional Notre Dame

    Location: Notre Dame de Lourdes


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    Mr. Lesiuk has gone above and beyond to find innovative activities for the kids in his class to connect, meet learning objectives and care for themselves mentally during a challenging year. The kids in his class have had a safe and comfortable place to find some stability and enjoyment. Academics didn’t suffer in order for fun to be had because Mr. Lesiuk finds creative ways to engage the students in their learning. One example is the Anishinaabe village he and a team of other educators built in the Minecraft video game. The kids got to learn about indigenous culture while playing their favourite game! The kids in his class have enjoyed math contests, trivia games, and a lot of experiments this year. The whole staff at Highbury school go above and beyond every single day. It is such a terrific environment for kids to learn and grow in, and it is all thanks to the hard work of the wonderful people that work there. I would very much love for them to receive this lunch, and Mark a well-deserved gift card!


    Teacher's Name: M. Lesiuk

    School Name: Highbury School

    Location: Winnipeg


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    Laurie has gone above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrated extraordinary leadership during the pandemic. To name just a couple of things she has achieved during the pandemic: she organized a parade through the three communities last spring so her staff could connect with their students, recorded videos of herself reading in costume so her students could still be read to at home, and has implemented the numerous changes in Covid protocols and ensured staff and students safety has remained priority #1. In a normal year Laurie is the type of principal who is amazing, but during the pandemic she has truly shown kindness, caring, compassion, respect, and safety can get a school through anything. I am a teacher at the high school in the community of Erickson and what I have mentioned above only scratches the surface of what I know Laurie strives to do for her students on a daily basis. I know her staff, students, and parents would all concur that she is a humble person who deserves to be recognized for her tremendous contributions and incredible leadership.


    Teacher's Name: L. Bachewich

    School Name: Erickson Elementary

    Location: Erickson




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    We would like to nominate Mrs. T! Mrs. T is kind, hard-working and absolutely amazing. Throughout the entire Kindergarten year she has been a constant support for the kids she teaches. Through COVID challenges, Mrs. T would personally deliver teaching materials, books, and parent teacher material to our doorstep without hesitation to ensure Owen didn’t miss a beat. At Christmas, Mrs. T delivered a Christmas gift to every one of her students on her own time. She is truly selfless. Mrs. T goes above and beyond the call of duty and we feel so fortunate to have been a part of her class this year.


    Teacher's Name: M. Turabian

    School Name: Phoenix Elementary School

    Location: Headingley



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