Van Tech teacher Dale Martelli has been honoured as one of six shortlisted finalists for Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education.
This one-time award, in conjunction with the Canadian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, was designed to recognize excellence in Holocaust education, promote the application of pedagogical best practices, and facilitate the sharing of innovative teaching ideas within Canada's education community.
Martelli was selected from 34 submissions from nine provinces. The panel of three judges was comprised of a representative of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, a Holocaust educator from the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre in Winnipeg and a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) official. The panel selected six applications.
Martelli will receive an honourable mention certificate for impressive submission from Canada's Minister for Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney.
District Principal Gino Bondi says it is no surprise that Martelli placed so highly in the prestigious national competition.
"He has displayed a thorough dedication to Holocaust education throughout a teaching career of over 30 years. In his Flex Humanities program, a 3-year program focused on history, classical literature, and philosophy, Dale has introduced Shoah/Genocide units from grades 8 - 10 using both philosophical and literary lenses," says Bondi. "In History 12, he has successfully constructed a course theme centered on Shoah/Genocide studies, integrating the Shoah though out the year. In the spring, students construct major genocide projects."
Bondi says this year, Martelli is working with the University of British Columbia in a study of Shoah and history education. This year Martelli will also be hosting a Holocaust survivor talk at Van Tech for Grade 11 and 12 students.