MusiCounts has named Iqaluit’s own Mary Piercey-Lewis as the 2021 MusiCounts Teacher of the year.

The Inuksuk High School teacher was nominated for the award among five nominees back in March and all of her hard work paid off as it was announced during the JUNO Awards.

Piercey-Lewis has been a teacher in Nunavut for two decades, developing the Inuit Inngiusingit to help further develop music education in Nunavut.

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS, Mary, on your prestigious award 👏👏👏May God continue to Bless you as you use your talent to touch the lives of many people ❤️🙏

  2. Congratulations, Mary. I just happened to tune-in to the Junos last evening and I was very excited to learn that you were honoured for your work with teaching our youth in Nunavut to the joy of making music. I am very happy for you as I am certain all your students are echoing these sentiments.
    It is the most meaningfull message I needed to receive at this very time.
    The Greater Victoria School Board announced recently that they were decreasing the music programs to make up for a Budget deficit. There seemed to be a statement made that First Nation’s students don’t take up string instruments and I found that to be very unfair What made me happy watching the Juno Awards last evening was a scene where some of your students were playing in an orchestra setting and many were playing violins, cello/base – that was the shot in the arm that I needed.
    Blessings to you Mary and to your students.

  3. Very proud to hear this news, Mary. People in Labrador still talk about all your innovations and exploration of music for all. Music is intrinsic to everyone’s life. It’s just finding the way to bring it out. You have!

  4. The choir and congregation of the Happy Valley Goose Bay United Church send you congratulations and love. You are remembered with fondness. Keep on making beautiful music. you are amazing.

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