Peter Wizinsky, a high-functioning autistic student who has trouble interpreting social cues and expressing his own feelings, has faced his share of challenges. So when he was awarded the Governor General’s medal for outstanding academic achievement in 2011, it was nothing short of inspirational.
As a child, Peter struggled to fit into the mainstream school system. In 2005, he switched to Navigate (then known as NIDES), where he quickly impressed staff with his insatiable appetite for learning. With the help of Navigate’s special educators, teachers, and support staff Peter began to achieve extraordinary results, culminating with the highest average grade of all Navigate students in his final year.
Peter’s achievement showcases the efficacy of a blended learning curriculum for students with unique lifestyles and learning needs. Upon graduation, Peter immediately enrolled at Vancouver Island University, where he continued his quest for knowledge in pursuit of a career as a research chemist – just like his grandfather.