Hannah Beckett, Denver Mack and Gurveer Singh Bains may have all went to different high schools, but they have one thing in common – a teacher that went the extra mile for them.

Those high school teachers were honoured at the Humber Room this week during a ceremony with family, friends, their colleagues and the Humber community.

“Mr. Doucet took the time to learn about his students” said Beckett, a Funeral Services student, about her high school law teacher Richard Doucet from E.L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill, ON. “He truly wanted to hear our stories.”

Winners of the Greatest High School Teacher Contest
From left to right: Richard Doucet, Hannah Beckett, Gurveer Singh Bains, David Hislop, Denver Mack, Steve Gunson

For Mack, who’s also in the Funeral Services program, her guidance counsellor, Steve Gunson from Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie, helped her overcome challenges related to her severe mental illness.

“If I could just get to his office, I was O.K.,” said Mack. “Even if I didn't always get to class, it was about the support system.”

Electrical Engineering Technology - Control Systems student, Gurveer Singh Bains, credits his technology teacher, David Hislop from Sandalwood Heights Secondary School in Brampton, for giving him the push to succeed in high school.

“Mr. Hislop took time out of his own schedule to get me into the Ontario Skills Competition,” he explained. “He made me see the potential in myself.”

The Greatest High School Teacher contest is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President Academic. Students enter by writing essays about the teachers they’ve nominated. Students with the winning entries receive a $500 bookstore gift certificate, while their respective high school receives a one-year tuition scholarship to be granted to a graduating student who attends Humber the following academic year.