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National honour for Surrey principal

Raminder Randhawa, principal at Strawberry Hill Elementary, has been named one of Canada
Raminder Randhawa, principal at Strawberry Hill Elementary, has been named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals by the Learning Partnership.
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A Surrey elementary school principal is among three B.C. principals to be honoured as one of the country's best.

Raminder Randhawa, principal at Strawberry Hill Elementary, was named Wednesday as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals by the Learning Partnership.

Randhawa will join 50 other Canadian educators at an awards presentation and gala later this month in Toronto.

Principals were nominated by their peers, school staff and community members and winners were selected by a national committee using the following criteria: characteristics of outstanding principals; evidence of partnerships with parents and community; a personal story illustrating successful change and innovation that resulted in improved student achievement; and letters of support.

Randhawa was noted for his support of the linguistic and cultural diversity at the Surrey school. His commendation said kids at Strawberry Hill are encouraged to build their leadership skills and awards ceremonies to celebrate student success.

Randhawa has also worked to educate parents on heart-healthy diets, secure support for Somali families, and drive teacher success by taking over their classes so they can work with peers on collaborative projects.

“He is a humble leader that makes significant impact wherever he goes,” said his nominator.

The Learning Partnership is a charitable organization dedicated to a strong Canadian public education system.

“Behind every great school is a great principal who is not only an outstanding educator but an excellent manager and leader,” says Akela Peoples, president and CEO of The Learning Partnership.

The 2013 Canada's Outstanding Principals will received their awards Feb. 26 and also participate in an executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto Feb. 24-28. For more information, check www.thelearningpartnership.ca.

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