Brandon University Professor wins Innovator Award

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BRANDON, MB — Daryle McCannell of the Department of Physical Education was recently awarded the Innovator Award by the Manitoba Physical Educations Teacher’s Association (MPETA). This award is presented to a member of MPETA who has made a significant contribution to physical education by devising an innovative approach to instruction, by writing new curriculum material, by creating new devices or aids that improve the educational experience of students.

“Daryle has a solid reputation for bringing the educational experience to life and continues to find new ways to connect with the students through his innovative approach,” says Dr. Glenn Cockerline, Acting Dean of Education. “I am pleased to see that he is being recognized for his talents and his efforts.”

Over the past 25 years, Daryle has promoted active lifestyles and healthy communities in the Westman area. His belief that laughter and humour are good for the body and soul has put him in demand as a speaker, motivator, and presenter at community, provincial and national health initiatives. Perhaps nowhere is this belief more prevalent than in his classroom.

“I have had the opportunity to have been both a cooperating teacher and student teacher supervisor for many of Daryle’s students. It is through this that I have witnessed first hand the impression he has made on them,” said Daryle’s nominator and fellow educator Bruce Brinkworth. “Daryle leads through his example as a teacher and his guidance to have his students think outside of the box. This hands-on, practical approach to inspire creative thinking has helped to move his students away from the traditional to a more critical and imaginative way of delivering curriculum outcomes.”

During the 25 years Daryle has been with Brandon University he has held various positions including Athletic Director and Recreation Director. Daryle is currently Chair and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education. His early experience included five years as a public school physical education teacher followed by five years as Program Director of Brandon YMCA.

“I am very honoured to be the recipient of the Award for 2012. I have seen and been around so many creative teachers and Physical Educators over the years, some of it must have rubbed off on me,” said Daryle. “No matter what lesson I may be teaching, I believe there is always a better and more interesting way of presenting the information. I am always looking for different ways of creating a learning environment where people (students) feel comfortable, and as often as possible, are encouraged to work together in an atmosphere of anticipation.”


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