Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award
Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award is given annually by the BC Teachers’
Federation to students completing the final year of the Bachelor of Education
degree in elementary and secondary school teaching, in each of the eight
approved teacher education programs—Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers
University, University of British Columbia, University of British Columbia
Okanagan, University of the Fraser Valley, University of Northern British
Columbia, University of Victoria, and Vancouver Island University. The
recipients of the award are those students who are considered by the dean of
the Faculty of Education, and director of the division concerned (elementary or
secondary) to be outstanding students in the graduating class who have:
worked, or participated in a project that created positive change globally or
in their local community, and or
actively involved in issues related to poverty, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights,
antiracism, peace, global, or environmental issues.
The award is
named after Maxwell Cameron who headed the Department of Education at UBC in
the mid-1940s. Prior to that, he was on staff as an associate professor and
director of UBC’s summer school.
Cameron gained prominence when, in 1945, he undertook a major study and report
on educational cost for the provincial government. Appointed as a one-man
commissioner, Dr. Cameron held open hearings in major centres across the
province. His report called for:
establishment of a uniform basis for taxation and setting up a commission to
increase in the share of the cost of education provided by the province from
32% to 55%;
reduction in the number of school boards from 600 to fewer than 100; and
increase in teaching staffs and commensurate decrease in class sizes.
BC Teachers’ Federation, along with many other educational groups endorsed the
Cameron Report, and many of its recommendations were implemented by the
government of Premier Hart.
Lists of the recipients of the Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Award in recent years may be viewed below.