SD 73 educator named one of Canada’s ‘Outstanding Principals’

Robert Koopman, SD73 Communications Manager

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops educator has been recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding principals.

Kent Brewer is the principal of the Twin Rivers Education Centre, which provides alternative and adult education services through 13 different programs across nine sites. The recognition as an outstanding principal comes from The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to improving public education.

In its award announcement Jan. 31, the Partnership describes Brewer as “an agent of hope” for the many students who turn to TREC as a pathway to graduation. For many TREC students, visiting the principal’s office has not always been a positive experience, however, Kent has worked hard to change that for them.

“TREC is a safe place to learn for whoever needs us,” said Brewer.

The Learning Partnership has the mandate to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. The organization works to bring together business, government, school boards, teachers, parents, labour and community organizations across Canada in a spirit of long-term partnerships.

Canada’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes significant contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. It honours principals from every province and territory who demonstrate innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and who have done something truly remarkable in public education.

Canada’s Outstanding Principals is both a nationally recognized award and an executive leadership training program. Kent will have the opportunity to join Canada’s other outstanding principals at a gala awards evening in Toronto, and to experience a five-day executive leadership training program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

SD 73 Superintendent Alison Sidow said the award is entirely deserved as Brewer is “one of those rare individuals who serves his community with selfless commitment and unwavering courage.”

“Kent and his team care deeply about engaging with students and adults who have found life challenging both in and out of school. Under his leadership, countless students have been given an education that allows them to lead a life filled with hope.”

For more information, visit The Learning Partnership website at http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca

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