Posted at 8:48 am on February 23, 2017

A teacher with ties to Antigonish County and working in northern Quebec’s remote Salluit community in the Nunavik region has been named a top-10 finalist for the prestigious one-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize.

Maggie MacDonnell, who grew up in Bayfield, graduated from St. FX and was chosen from among 20-thousand nominations and applications from 179 countries.

The award will be handed out in Dubai on March 19th, and MacDonnell says if she wins she will establish a non-profit agency to run environmentally-focused programs for northern youth. MacDonnell says her community of Salluit has experienced hard time, after a number of youth suicides in the area. This year’s other finalists come from China, Jamaica, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, England, Spain, Australia and Pakistan.