Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture
Each year, we recognize a BC teacher who has been a champion in agriculture education. If you would like to nominate a teacher for the 2022 Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture Award, please fill out our nomination form and send it to us before December 1, 2022.
Robin Ruff, 2021 Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture Award Recipient
2021 Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture - Robin Ruff
BCAITC is pleased to announce Robin Ruff as the recipient of the 2021 BCAITC Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture Award. The award was presented to Robin Ruff for demonstrating outstanding leadership and innovation in agriculture education. BCAITC has been presenting BC teachers with the award since 2004. Previous recipients have received the award for their work with the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program, Spuds in Tubs, Take a Bite of BC, school greenhouse programs, and an entire school approach to agriculture education.
A food studies teacher at Royal Bay Secondary, Ms. Ruff has been a leader in food literacy education for over a decade. Although she didn’t grow up on a farm, she fondly remembers the gardening lessons from her mother and grandfather. She pursued studies in biology and ecology with an emphasis on environmental education. She focusses on local agriculture, school gardens, and local food systems education. Ms. Ruff also honours Indigenous food cultures, traditions, and practices through place-based learning programs in a garden teaching space. Through her food studies class and collaboration with District teachers, Ms. Ruff leads both students and her colleagues to create, and expand local food education through school gardens, student film projects to meet and highlight local farms, and by increasing the amount of local food consumed in school.
Robin is always finding new and innovative ways to connect learners to the food grown near them through experiential learning. Ms. Ruff noted, “As the world grapples with the challenges of today, food is the touchstone that connects our physical, mental and emotional strength. It is what we need and worth investing in through teaching students to be mindful about what we eat, how it is grown and how it nourishes us.”
For her inspiration and leadership in agriculture education, BCAITC is pleased to recognize Robin Ruff with the Outstanding Teacher in Agriculture of the Year award.
Thank you to DairyCrop Solutions for generously sponsoring this award. For more information on the award, visit www.bcaitc.ca.
Previous Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Recipients
- 2020 - Gary Funk
- 2019 - Monica Bradbury
- 2018 - Chef Brian Smith
- 2017 - Tania Toth
- 2016 - Karla Stroet
- 2015 - Patricia Regan
- 2014 - Joe Massie
- 2013 - Chef Gerald Worobetz
- 2012 - Lori Pilling
- 2011 - Gail Chan and Chef Randle
BC Regional Science Fair Awards
To highlight the connection between agriculture and science, BCAITC supports the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia. Each year, we contribute 13 regional science fair awards for outstanding projects that demonstrate the practical application of scientific principles to agriculture.
2021 Award Winners by Region
- Central Okanagan: Isabella H., “Capturing Carbon”, Aberdeen Hall, Grade 7
- Fraser Valley: Tessa R. ,“Guess What Oysters Are Eating?”, Mennonite Educational Institute, Grade 7
- Northwest: Sebastian A., “Seymour Lake is Broken (Floating) Hearted”, Home School, Grade 6
- South Fraser: Heidi B., “Drought Machine”, Semiahmoo Secondary, Intermediate
- Vancouver Island: Charlotte Q., “Growth and Feed Consumption of Chicks”, Glenlyon Norfolk School, Grade 9
- West Kootenay: Catherine A., “Water Treatment”, Ecole Sept Sommets, Grade 4
Visit the Science Fair Foundation BC for more information on BC science fairs and awards, student resources, and the Science Fair Mentorship Program.