Sarah Greene is very thankful for Gregory Flynn.
“I definitely would not be the person I am today without his help,” she says of her former teacher.
Flynn taught Greene when she was a student at Fogo Island Academy. He was also her basketball coach from Grades 8 to 11, her French teacher and a mentor to her and others in the leadership club.
She remembers fondly how he devoted himself to their basketball team, helping them earn the first provincial banner for the school in 16 years.
She says Flynn led by example, sacrificing his own time, giving back, and teaching her important life lessons.
Greene, who now lives in St. John's and has a degree in Geophysics, was more than happy to be in Clarenville on May 28 to present Flynn with the Loran Teachers Building Leaders Award.
It was one of 28 awards presented to teachers across the country this year. Supported by the McCall MacBain Foundation, the award recognizes primary and secondary school teachers who provide early inspiration, guidance, and growth opportunities for Loran scholars like Greene.
“Teachers like Mr. Flynn need recognition for what they’re doing because it is hard work … This feels like the least I could do," Greene told Grade 7-9 students at Clarenville Middle School (CMS) who witnessed the presentation ceremony.
Flynn, who is originally from Corner Brook, said he was humbled by the award.
He told students to look to Greene as a prime example of what any one of them can achieve.
Flynn told The Packet the award is really about Greene, calling her a "motivated and driven student."
The Loran Scholarship, he said, "is about what we’re trying to build in our students.
“It’s about being leaders, it’s about being compassionate, being entrepreneurs, being ambassadors. It’s so much more than just coming in with the daily grind of the curriculum. It’s about building character.
“I think that’s the thing teachers try to push with students. Yes, the academics are important but the character piece is what we really try to build.”
What is the Loran Scholars Foundation?
Founded in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity that works in partnership with Canadian universities, donors and volunteers throughout the country to invest in young people who demonstrate character, commitment to service and leadership potential.
Over the past 30 years, it has granted $46.3 million in undergraduate awards to 2,800 students from across Canada.
Up to 35 Loran Scholars are selected annually from a pool of over 5,000 candidates.
The selection process involves up to 12 different interviews with community leaders, and each Loran Scholar receives a comprehensive undergraduate award valued at up to $100,000 over four years.
The Loran Teachers Building Leaders Award recognizes primary and secondary school teachers who go above and beyond to develop character, service and leadership in their students. Each recipient will receive a letter of commendation and, through a local certificate presentation, have the opportunity to be recognized by the graduating Loran Scholar who nominated them.