Riverview Middle School teacher, Armand Doucet, has been made a member of the Order of Canada for his career advocating for public education.
Doucet, who teaches modern history and world issues, described being stunned, humbled and proud to hear the news.
“It’s a phone call you don’t expect,” said Doucet, who learned of the honor in a call between classes.
“On my phone popped up ‘Governor-General’s office’… It left me speechless, which doesn’t happen often.”
Governor General Mary Simon announced her induction to one of Canada’s highest honors Thursday. Individuals in many sectors who have made outstanding contributions to their fields, and countries, are appointed annually.
In the last decade, Doucet has also received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Minister’s Award for Outstanding in Teaching from the province, among many other honors.
Doucet, who has been in the classroom for more than a decade, sees herself serving the students under her tutelage and sees her profession as one of developing the next generation – work she says she is proud to do.
“We are trying to plant a seed,” he said. “Our democracy is struggling. Populism is on the rise.”
Doucet believes it is important for education to arm students with digital literacy skills to create strong critical thinkers.
“The revolution of the digital age is having a real impact. We haven’t seen this kind of impact since maybe the Industrial revolution that rocked society. And to be able to try to serve, and try to help lead the way forward, is really important because our democracy is in jeopardy.”
He also thanked the supporters of past education who have built the foundation of his career.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have teachers, parents and community leaders who have really impacted my life, and if I can pay them a little each day then I’m doing good for them.”
The date of the Order of Canada enthronement ceremony will be announced at a later date.