Oakville teacher rewarded for outstanding commitment to technological education


Published April 21, 2022 at 4:03 pm

Lilla Richardson, a teacher at T.A. Blakelock High School in Oakville, has received the Technological Education Leadership Award from the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE). HDSB PHOTOS

Oakville high school teacher Lilla Richardson says her greatest reward is hearing from former students and the paths they’ve taken since graduating.

The T.A. Blakelock High School Specialist High Skills Major’s technological education work hasn’t gone unnoticed and now she’s being recognized for her efforts in helping provide her students with the tools they need as they embark on that career path.

On Thursday, the Halton District School Board announced that Richardson has received the Technological Education Leadership Award from the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE).

The award is in recognition of Richardson’s outstanding commitment to technological education, her students and colleagues through the delivery of creative and engaging programs, as well as her active involvement, leadership, professional development and lifelong learning.


Richardson also received a bursary of $1,000 to be provided to a student of her choice to pursue post-secondary education or a career.

“As a Specialist High Skills Major teacher, I have been blessed to work with amazing students,” says Richardson, who is also Acting Head of Technological Education, Family and Computer Studies at T.A. Blakelock H.S. “The greatest reward is to hear from former students about their career path.

“I always tell them that I am hoping they turn out to be an integral part of the healthcare team. With my background in nursing, my hope is that the students understand the compassion they will need in caring for those who are vulnerable.”

Richardson will be presented with the OCTE award at a ceremony on May 6.

“We wish to congratulate Lilla Richardson on being selected as this year’s Excellence in Teaching – Secondary award winner,” says Veronica Kleinsmith, OCTE Chair. “We also thank the Halton District School Board for its support of creative and engaging programs as well as a commitment to the advancement of technological education.”

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