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Nominee for MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award - Jewel Casselman

March 15, 2022


Our congratulations and admiration go out to Jewel Casselman, Music teacher at Lakewood School in St. James-Assiniboia School Division, for being one of five teachers nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award by MusiCounts. 

“Providing music to students in school gives them the tools to be more creative, helps with their numeracy and literacy, and improves their own mental health and social well being," said Casselman. “They learn to work in a cooperative manner, sharing ideas, listening to, and providing feedback from their peers. They learn to be social beings and work together as a group towards a common goal or outcome. They learn to help each other out when they are struggling. The students are learning a form of self-expression that they can take into other subjects in the classroom. Music builds self-confidence, and helps students become more resilient.  Creating music in the classroom allows students to express themselves freely."

Jewel.jpgMusiCounts is a Canadian national music education charity that believes music can transform the lives of young people. They work to make music education inclusive, sustainable, and accessible for youth across Canada by providing musical instruments, equipment, and resources. In their 25-year history that has donated over $15 million dollars to schools across Canada to ensure inclusive, accessible, and sustainable education programs for young people across Canada. They provide grant money to schools to purchase instruments, equipment, and resources so that all students can access it. They are so supportive of music education across Canada. They have supplied grants to over 1200 schools. 

The award is generously presented by the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, which believes education has the power to transform lives and communities and is passionate about helping families achieve higher learning.

“I would like to say that it is a huge honour to have been nominated for this award," said Casselman. “To be one of five finalists across Canada for such a prestigious award is very humbling. I am in very good company."

The recipient of the 2022 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award will be announced live on The JUNO Awards broadcast on May 15, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. CT on CBC TV and globally on

Join us to cheer on Jewel Casselman.

The Award winner receives a $10,000 cash prize, a significant contribution toward their school music program, as well as a JUNO statuette.






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