Karen Ludwig

Your member of parliament for

New Brunswick Southwest

Karen Ludwig

Your member of parliament for

New Brunswick Southwest


Carolyn Barnhart from the Village of Harvey named one of Canada’s top educators

Sixty-four educators from coast to coast to coast receive Prime Minister’s Awards


May 2, 2018 – Fredericton, NB

The federal government recognizes the important role that educators in all regions of Canada play in preparing and inspiring young Canadians to become our future leaders and innovators.

In a national ceremony with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Carolyn Barnhart from the Village of Harvey, who teaches at Fredericton High School was recognized as one of Canada’s top educators and presented with a 2018 Prime Minister’s Award for teaching excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest is pleased to highlight this achievement today.

Teachers and early childhood educators from across the country received Canada’s highest honours for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Excellence in Early Childhood Education at the Prime Minister’s Awards ceremony held in Ottawa on May 2. Prime Minister Trudeau presented 18 educators with Certificates of Excellence and recognized 46 educators who will receive Certificates of Achievement at local events.

The Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines. Award winners have demonstrated exceptional teaching practices that have inspired their students and equipped them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

This year, the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence has been expanded to include 17 new STEM-themed awards as part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class. This new category recognizes that tomorrow’s breakthroughs and discoveries depend on the ability of today’s teachers to nurture young Canadians’ curiosity and passion for STEM.


“As a previous educator, I am honoured to recognize the hard-working Canadian teachers who are preparing our youth with the knowledge and skills they need for successful future.   Influential and inspirational teachers cultivate curiosity and impact the lives of students, long after graduation.”  ~Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest


Quick facts

  • Since their creation in 1993, the Prime Minister’s Awards have honoured more than 1,700 outstanding Canadian educators.
  • Award recipients are determined based on a rigorous selection process undertaken by a committee of their peers. The committee is composed of 120 volunteers from the education community across Canada.
  • Award recipients were chosen from among 182 nominations across the country. They were eligible for two awards in the respective streams for which they were nominated: the Certificate of Excellence, a national award, or the Certificate of Achievement, a regional award.
  • The awards are administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
  • Other partners that support the program include the RBC Foundation, Employment and Social Development Canada, Health Canada, Indigenous Services Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • The 2019 Prime Minister’s Awards will mark the 25th year of recognizing outstanding educators who are nurturing Canada’s leaders, innovators, talent and minds of the future.


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Marlene Chase
Chief of Staff, MP Karen Ludwig