Ontario's schools, school boards and licensed child care settings are full of outstanding individuals who excel at unlocking the potential of young students and children. So your letters must explain and include clear examples of what makes your nominee so exceptional.
Here are three tips to help you write a compelling nomination letter:
- Don't just say your nominee is outstanding – prove it!
Use specific and concrete examples and stories to illustrate how your nominee meets each of the award criteria in their category. You must provide clear evidence of how your nominee is an outstanding educator or support staff member.
- Give different perspectives
Don't tell the same story three times! The nominator letter and the two supporter letters should provide various examples from a range of views and perspectives. They cannot be written by family members of the nominee(s).
For example, a principal might write a letter about outstanding academic performance, a student might talk about the impact the nominee had on her life, while a parent could profile how the nominee links the school or child care setting with the community.
- Keep it simple
You only have three pages to sell your nominee to the selection panel. Keep it clear and to the point.
These three letters should paint a complete picture of your candidate because they are all the selection panel will have to make their decision. So make them compelling!
Formatting your letters
Make your letters easy to read. Each letter should be:
- Single-sided, typed and double-spaced
- In a readable font and size – no smaller than 10 point, please
- No more than three pages long
Each letter must also include the writer's full name and signature.