Vancouver schools remember new PM Justin Trudeau as a great teacher

Justin Trudeau during his teaching days at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver. Submitted

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau was once a teacher in Vancouver.

And today, after his election to the prime minister’s office, his former colleagues are remembering him as an enthusiastic and well-liked teacher.

Trudeau started his career at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver in 1998 and later worked as a teacher-on-call for the Vancouver School Board.

In a statement, Stephen Anthony, head of the West Point Grey Academy, said Trudeau “was an extremely well-liked and energetic French, drama and law teacher.”

Beyond his passion to engage and inspire his students, Mr. Trudeau exuded the most genuine interest for those in his care – for their education, wellbeing and growth as Canadians.

He encouraged student leadership and his values of active citizenship, inclusiveness and global responsibility keenly reflect our West Point Grey values.

Our school community wishes him great success as Canada’s next Prime Minister!

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Janet Stewart, the associated superintendent of employee services at the Vancouver School Board, still remembers Trudeau’s interview to be a teacher-on-call in 2001. He had left his teaching job at West Point Grey to pursue new challenges.

“I do remember his interview obviously, when you’re interviewing a Trudeau it’s not something you necessarily forget,” said Stewart.

Trudeau worked in the school system for a year before moving on to study engineering in Montreal.

“I do recall that he had great enthusiasm for wanting to work in the public school system and make that transition,” said Stewart.

“Very engaging. Very enthusiastic and lots of energy.”

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