---Brian Rock honoured with Outstanding Contribution to Education award
This year, the Quebec Provincial Association of Retired School Educators (QPARSE) presented their Outstanding Contribution Award to Brian Rock, a local columnist who has now retired from a career in teaching and administration. Rock received his first certificate for Education at McGill University where he commenced his career as a Social Studies and English teacher. He then embraced his interest for Politics and Government by completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the Université de Montréal. Shortly after, he completed his Masters of Education in Administrative Studies from Bishop’s University.
Brian Rock has taught secondary school English for the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (PSBGM), along with English and History at Baie Comeau High School and Advanced English as a second language at CEGEP of Baie Comeau. He also has taught in Adult Education. That said, Rock didn’t stop there. Before his retirement, he was actively involved in the Baie Comeau Teachers Association as President. Rock was also principal of Baie Comeau and New Richmond High Schools, with the Eastern Shores School Board, where his knowledge and experience was recognized and he became a member of the Advisory Board on English Education and Executive Director of the Regional Association of Western Quebecers.
As a volunteer, Rock was an active member of QPARSE, the Retirees Group of the Administrations Association of English Schools of Quebec (AAESQ), the Quebec Community Groups Network and the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations, as president. Rock is now a Columnist with the Aylmer Bulletin, the Pontiac Journal and the West Quebec Post. He is passionate about education and the rights of Anglophones in Quebec. His passion, leadership, and contribution led him to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Education Award for 2021.