Health Promoting Schools Champion Award

The PHE Canada Health Promoting Schools Champion Award recognizes an individual, group, or organization for their exemplary contribution to the development, promotion, and/or implementation of Healthy School Communities.

2021-2022 Nomination Period

The nomination period for the 2020-2021 PHE National Awards has ended. Please check our website in October 2022 for updates. 

Number of Awards

One (1) recipient is selected for this award each conference cycle.

Who may Nominate?

Anyone may nominate an individual, group, or organization for this award. This includes provincial/territorial physical and health education association members, public health professionals, colleagues, parents, students, or any individual wishing to highlight the exceptional work of an individual, group or organization implementing a Health Promoting Schools program. Nominations from underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • The nominee(s) has been directly involved in Health Promoting School work.
  • The nominee(s) has positively affected the climate and practices of their entire school community.
  • The nominee(s) can be from any sector (i.e., teachers, administrators, public health professionals, school board consultants, parent councils, volunteer agencies, not-for-profit groups, police, social services, etc.) and has worked collaboratively with others to create a Health Promoting School environment.
  • The nominee(s) has made a positive impact in the area of Health Promoting Schools and has demonstrated results that show their impact (e.g. policy development, supportive environments, etc.)
  • The nominee(s) has developed a unique approach by encouraging the school community to role model the health and behaviours intended.
  • The nominee(s) has been able to successfully create, maintain and sustain a Health Promoting School through their commitment and work.
  • The nominee(s) must not be a previous recipient of this award.

Selection Criteria

  • Describe the Health Promoting School in which the nominee is involved.

  • The nominees work is described in detail and the descriptions show how they accomplished and modeled the comprehensive school health philosophy specific to the four pillars: Healthy Policy, Teaching and Learning, Healthy Social and Physical Environments, and Partnerships and Services.

  • Describe how the approach utilized by the nominee actively engaged the school community (or communities) including, but not limited to, staff, families, parent councils, etc.

  • Outline the positive impacts made by the nominee(s) and provide examples/proof of their positive impacts.

  • Describe how the work of the nominee has provided sustainable change within the school community, school board and/or region.

Selection Process

During each award cycle, PHE Canada shall determine an appropriate nomination deadline. Nomination forms should be submitted online, with accompanying documentation submitted electronically, by fax or by mail. All components of the award must be received by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

PHE Canada will review each nomination package for completeness and eligibility, and will forward nominations to the PHE Canada Awards Committee who will select recipients.

Award Presentation and Benefits

The recipient of this award receives:

  • Award recognition plaque
  • Recognition in the Annual Report and on the website
  • Recognition during the next PHE Canada National Conference
  • Complimentary registration at the next PHE Canada National Conference(travel and accommodations are not included)