National Award for Teaching Excellence in Health Education

The PHE Canada National Award for Teaching Excellence in Health Education honours Canadian teachers for their work in furthering health education in Canada and who provide outstanding teaching at the elementary, middle or secondary levels, and who have an exceptional ability to motivate students to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle.

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

Up to 3 recipients are selected for this award each conference cycle.

Who may Nominate?

Anyone may nominate an individual for this award. This includes provincial/territorial physical and health education association members, colleagues, parents, students, or any individual wishing to highlight the exceptional service of a health educator. Nominations from underrepresented groups are encouraged.


To be eligible to receive the National Award for Teaching Excellence in Health Education, a nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Teaching responsibility for school-based health education in one or more grades from kindergarten to grade 12.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of teaching health education programs and/or curricula in one or more grades from kindergarten to grade 12.
  • Is fully certified by the province to teach and follows provincial curriculum using sound pedagogical principles.
  • Have a teaching contract, current at the time of nomination and selection.
  • The individual must not be a previous recipient of this award or the Health Educator Award.

Selection Criteria

The application package must demonstrate how the nominee:

  • Provides a quality health education program, based on the provincial curriculum using sound pedagogical principles consistent with Comprehensive School Health (CSH). Specifically, provide information about how the nominee supports and implements the four pillars of CSH: Healthy Policy, Teaching and Learning, Healthy Social and Physical Environments, and Partnerships and Services. Also, describe the area(s) of health in which the nominee has contributed. For example, physical, social, emotional and/or spiritual.
  • Serves as a role model epitomizing a healthy lifestyle.
  • Has made a positive impact in the field of health education beyond the school. For example, involves agencies from the community in curriculum delivery, or has contributed to development or implementation of school or school division policy.
  • Has made a substantial contribution to the field by positively impacting the teaching of health education curriculum in the school, region, and province.
  • Participates in professional development opportunities related to the teaching of health education. It is intended that the nominee not only attend professional development opportunities but also shares their expertise with colleagues locally, regionally, provincially, or nationally.
  • The package must be supported with a biographical sketch and two (2) letters of reference that speak specifically to the above criteria.

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

National Award for Teaching Excellence in Health Education recipients receive:

  • 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)