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Ms. Terri Grant Awarded Manitoba's Excellence in Education Award

April 27, 2023

As guidance counsellor and resource teacher at an alternative high school, Grant takes on a high level of responsibility for changing the trajectory of the students’ life paths and improving their academic and social-emotional outcomes. She sees the potential in every student and tirelessly works at helping them overcome significant barriers to education, such as poverty, addictions, and trauma. Grant strives to meet students’ needs on a daily basis, including needs such as food, a quiet place to work, and more intensive supports where she mobilizes a wide range of divisional and outside agency resources. Through course selection and co-curricular opportunities, she helps students to identify their talents and develop them, and in doing so, provides them with a vision of success toward an improved way of life. Students develop leadership skills and learn the values of generosity and selflessness by participating in activities such as the University of Manitoba’s Rec and Read program, Sources of Strength programming, Bear Clan walks, and Harvest Manitoba volunteering. Grant empowers students by teaching them to navigate bureaucratic systems and advocate for themselves, while also helping them get necessary documentation and gain employment. As a proud Métis woman, Grant is a strong advocate for integrating Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the school culture, with Circle of Courage teachings and Elder and Knowledge Keeper involvement. Driven by a high degree of care and concern for staff and students, Grant humbly embraces her overflowing list of responsibilities and tasks to have an immeasurable impact on those around her.IMG_7548.jpeg