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Dedicated Kelowna teacher honoured by UBC Okanagan

Kelowna teacher Rhonda Draper has won the first Excellence in Teaching Award from the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan.
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KELOWNA – Talk about an over-achieving teacher.

Kelowna’s Rhonda Draper can add another accolade to the long list she has accumulated over her 24-year career as an educator.

Draper is the first teacher to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Faculty of Education at UBC Okanagan.

Along with the hardware, she will be feted at a celebration dinner on Saturday.

Draper, a music specialist at École Glenmore Elementary, will be getting a $2,000 cash prize and a sculpture from local artist Ede Axelson.

“I am honoured to be receiving the inaugural award,” Draper says in a media release. “Like my colleagues, I strive each day to nurture and develop Canada’s most precious resource, our children.”

Draper, the president of the Central Okanagan Music Education Association, has won the Governor General’s award for teaching, created an award winning musical “How Canada Came to Be,” took home the Okanagan Arts Award for Education.

She also founded the Month of Love at the Global Citizen Conference, which has raised $50,000 in humanitarian aid, and is currently studying for her master of arts.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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