Cowichan’s Augustine honoured with Indspire Award

Denise Augustine has been awarded this year’s Indspire award for Leadership

Denise Augustine is not just the Cowichan Valley school district’s district principal of aboriginal education, she also has been awarded this year’s Indspire award for Leadership.

Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, the Indspire Awards were created in 1993, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The awards recognize indigenous professionals who demonstrate outstanding career achievement.

They also promote self-esteem and pride for indigenous communities and provide outstanding role models for indigenous youth.

Winners must be a First Nation, Inuit or Metis person who consistently takes on a leadership role in the educational community fostering achievement amongst K-12 students.

Augustine will receive a $1,000 prize, framed award and an all-expense paid trip to Guiding the Journey: the Indigenous Educator Awards gala that is held in conjunction with the annual National Gathering for Indigenous Education.

On receiving notice of her award at the Sept. 6 school board meeting, Augustine said she wished all the other district aboriginal educators could be on hand to share in it as their efforts and dedication were such an inspiration to her.

Just Posted

Cowichan wrestling camp kicks off New Year

Camp attracts wrestlers from Valley, Victoria and Mainland

Ballet ‘Anastasia’ explores Russian mystery

Who was Grand Duchess Anastasia? What happened to her after 1918? Ballet tells gripping tale

Smoking ban arrives on BC Ferries

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

VIDEO: It’s Hometown Hockey time in Cowichan!

See our videos and pictures by our reporters from the big event at The Stick.

VIDEO: It’s Hometown Hockey time in Cowichan!

See our videos and pictures by our reporters from the big event at The Stick.

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

VIDEO: Massive waves destroy chunks of Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

Some viewpoints will be closed for the foreseeable future because you won’t even know they were there

Plan your Hometown Hockey weekend

Find your favourites on the Hometown Hockey schedule

Hometown Hockey: Cowichan Capitals events

On Jan. 20 there will be special features during the game for Hometown Hockey

Coming up in Cowichan: Rain workshop, Joseph Mairs Memorial, timely film

Participants are encouraged to bring their roof dimensions

Tofino and Ucluelet wowed by biggest waves in a decade

“Even in pictures you show the kids and that, unless you’re witnessing it live, it’s like no other.”

Police fear fewer fentanyl imports don’t signal the end of the overdose crisis

RCMP say it’s just as likely that criminal are getting more clever

UPDATE: Two people die in ATV accident south of Campbell River

Third person survived attempt to cross a creek

Most Read