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MONTREAL, MAY 27,   2008- — The Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) has announced that Norman Katz of Royal Vale Elementary School is the recipient of the CAHPERD / Wintergreen PHYS-ED Physical Education Teaching Excellence (PETE) Award for the province of Quebec.

PETE is honouring nine exceptional teachers (one from each province) for their excellence in teaching physical education and their ability to motivate children and youth to participate in physical activity. This is the only national award in Canada that recognizes physical education teachers for their hard work and dedication in helping to build strong, healthy and physically active children. Mr. Katz  received the award from Vice Principal Susie Douranas and parent Patricia Gervais before school this week, with many students in attendance. It will be presented more   formally at the school’s year-end staff dinner in June.
At Royal Vale Mr. Katz is an energetic motivator for his students. He is a passionate and dedicated teacher whose accomplishments and contributions to physical education are above and beyond the call of duty. His present program emphasizes fitness, lifelong activities, charity, environment and community. He also finds time to coach  six competitive school sport teams, involving 120 students from grades 4 to 6. He also coordinates a lunchtime recreation program for those who just want to be active and have fun. Norman is truly married to his job.  

“CAHPERD and WINTERGREEN Phys-Ed are proud to be able recognize some of the finest physical education teachers in Canada,” says Grant McManes, president of CAHPERD. “These teachers are champions.  They are developing the physical literacy skills in our children and youth so that they can enjoy physical activity and have an appreciation for the importance of leading a physically active life.”

Royal Vale Vice-Principal Susie Douranos values the work of Mr. Katz. “Many of the programs Mr. Katz has created have certainly put Royal Vale on the map as a school that provides an exceptional physical education program,” she said.   “Mr. Katz is always in pursuit of ways to motivate students to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle.  His commitment to his students and his work is exemplary. He is very deserving of the PETE award!” 

Each year, CAHPERD receives nominations for the Physical Education Teaching Excellence Award from across Canada.  From the nominations, provincial selection committees select one recipient per province.  Recipients are selected based on the quality of the school physical education program; ability to serve as positive role models by epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship, and sensitivity to the needs of students; and level of participation in professional development opportunities. Each award recipient receives a recognition plaque; a write-up in the CAHPERD PHE Journal and on the CAHPERD website; and a one-year free membership to CAHPERD.  From the provincial recipients, four national recipients have been selected who will also receive registration, accommodation and travel to the CAHPERD national conference and a $500 gift certificate from WINTERGREEN PHYS-ED.

CAHPERD is a national, charitable, voluntary-sector organization whose primary concern is to influence the healthy development of children and youth by advocating for quality, school-based physical and health education.

WINTERGREEN Phys-Ed offers physical education products that provide teachers and classrooms with the best in health, physical education, recreation and dance. For more information, visit


Angela Abbott                                                      or            Michael J. Cohen
Communications Manager, CAHPERD                          Communications and Marketing Specialist
(613) 523-1348 ext. 228                                                   
English Montreal School Board                                                                   
(514) 483-7200 ext. 7243



The 2007-2008 CAHPERD / Wintergreen PHYS-ED Physical Education Teaching Excellence (PETE) Award recipients include:

Jacki Nylen

Manitoba (National Winner) *

Marilynn Wickenheiser

Alberta (National Winner)*

Mark MacDougall

Prince Edward Island (National Winner)*

Kevin McNamara

Ontario (National Winner)*

Kevin Bowers

British Columbia

Tayne Moore

New Brunswick

Brian Lewis


Loyola Fitzpatrick

Newfoundland & Labrador

Norman Katz


* Denotes national award recipient in addition to provincial award recipient.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213