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Inclusive Education Awards Call for Nominees

Inclusion Saskatchewan is pleased to accept nominations for the 2023 Inclusive Education Awards! 

These awards recognize the outstanding contributions of those who support students with intellectual disabilities through their own application of the core values of inclusive education. 


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What are the Inclusive Education Awards?

The annual awards recognize those who demonstrate innovation, student-centered approaches, and dedication to the core values of inclusive education. We recognize that an inclusive education may look different for each student and each school. We align with Inclusive Education Canada’s framework of the goals and benefits of inclusive education when considering nominees.

This year, we will be awarding three candidates:

  • Inclusive Education’s School of the Year: Awarded to one school that fosters a community of inclusion among all staff and students.

  • Inclusive Education’s Teacher of the Year: Awarded to one teacher who strives to include every student through the framework of inclusive education.

  • The Dr. John Dolan Spirit of Inclusion Award: Awarded to a person or group that thinks outside of the box and promotes inclusion in education. Nominees may include educational assistants, team coaches, resource teachers, administrators, student groups, community members, and early childhood educators. If you’re unsure if someone may be eligible, please nominate them.

2022 Inclusive Education Award Recipients

Lori-Ann Betton

2022 Inclusive Teacher

Lori-Ann has been a leader in inclusive education for her 30 years with the Lloydminster Catholic School Division. As a teacher and principal, Lori-Ann has built a school culture that celebrates multiple approaches to learning with an emphasis on hand-on and movement-type learning. 


Renee Deraul

2022 Inclusive Teacher

Renee (or “Mrs. D” as she’s known by her students) has been at St. Luke School for 8 years, and in that time, she has helped struggling students by providing one-on-one support and helping each student build healthy coping mechanisms. She creates lessons that support her students’ unique learning styles and prioritizes including families in her students’ success. 


Riverview Collegiate 

2022 Inclusive School

Riverview has 48 students with intensive needs and has implemented inclusive strategies and classes to support them. Throughout each school year, support teachers and classroom teachers meet to discuss the goals of each student as well as adapted materials. Riverview students gain a variety of academic, social, and functional skills that encourage independence.

Nomination Forms

We welcome nominations from anyone, regardless of their role within education or their relationship to the nominee. Nominations are often submitted by parents, older students, colleagues, and community members. To submit a nomination, you will need to complete all of the following steps:

Complete one of the nomination forms. You will need to include the following information:

  • Your own name, contact information, and relationship to the nominee.

  • The nominee’s name(s), contact information, and professional title (if applicable). If submitting for a group of people (eg. a student group or for School of the Year), you will include only one name as the contact person.

  • The name of the school & division of the person or group you’re nominating.

  • A few examples of how the person or group demonstrates the values of inclusive education.

  • For School of the Year nominees, you will also need contact information for 2 additional references (at least one person between the nominator and the 2 references must be a parent).

Optional: Submit up to 3 endorsements to demonstrate the work of your nominee.

We encourage you to include photo or video submissions, letters of recommendation, contact information for people to provide verbal references. These may be completed by colleagues, parents, students, or other community members, and should illustrate the ways that your nominee exemplifies the values of inclusive education. Please submit these by email to, including the name of your nominee within the email so that we can attach it to your online form submission.

Click the boxes below to nominate. The forms cannot be saved, so please ensure you are able to complete it in one sitting, or email to make other arrangements.


All submissions must be received no later than April 7th, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Inclusive Education?


All people with intellectual disabilities are fully included with their peers in regular education, with appropriate supports from early childhood to post-secondary and life-long learning. This is reflected when students with intellectual disabilities:

  • attend regular classroom with peers their own age at the school within their own neighborhood or community;

  • are able to take part in the same classes, activities, and extra-curricular opportunities that their classmates have access to;

  • receive the specialized supports they need within the classroom, allowing them to benefit from social learning opportunities while participating fully and meaningfully with their peers; 


are supported in reaching their highest potential, both in academics and in social and emotional skills. 

How are nominees and winners recognized?


Winners will be invited to receive their awards at our annual banquet on June 3rd in Saskatoon. They will also receive recognition across our social media platforms, and will be presented with a plaque and certificate.

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