Western Education and the Western Mustangs celebrate the teaching community

By: Gerry Rucchin
October 16, 2019

The Faculty of Education, together with Greg Marshall, one of Canada’s top minds in university football and proud Faculty of Education alumnus, hosted its first-ever Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 5 to recognize and thank teachers.

Over 80 active and retired teachers and their families from the community came to TD Stadium at Western University to participate and were treated to a beautiful fall day, and one of the most exciting Western football games in recent history.

Event organizer and Director of Community Engagement for the Faculty of Education, Rosie Triebner explained the event was created when she and Coach Marshall were talking about ways to recognize teachers and coaches in the community. They wanted to provide an opportunity to bring the teaching community together and to thank them for inspiring and educating youth. The partnership was a good fit, and the first event was planned for the London-Waterloo game – with the hopes of drawing teachers from across the region.

It was an afternoon where teachers could sit back, relax and enjoy a football game between the Western Mustangs and the Waterloo Warriors. They received great applause when they were welcomed to the game over the public address system. The message echoed the Faculty of Education tagline when the teaching community was thanked for transforming education, and transforming lives.

After the game, the Faculty hosted a reception where teachers mingled and talked to Head Coach Greg Marshall. Marshall, who holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Professional Education degrees is also a former teacher, thanked educators for their hard work and commitment to their students.

In the end, the Mustangs captured the game with a thrilling 45-42 victory, and the inaugural event was capped off with plans to make it a yearly celebration.