Tom Prins lives in Manitoba with his wife and daughter. He has worked in the educational system with teachers and students from Middle Years to Post Secondary for the past three decades. During his career with the Manitoba Department of Education he provided leadership in the areas of Career Development, Business Education and financial literacy.
Tom has been the departmental lead in partnering with CFEE to integrate financial literacy into compulsory curricula (Building Futures Project). Tom’s responsibilities included bringing the following programs to Manitoba: The Blueprint for Life/Work Designs, Manitoba’s framework of career development learning outcomes; The Real Game Series, Canada’s most popular career simulation program; Career Cruising, Manitoba’s online career information system; and Take Our Kids to Work. All of these programs are now integrated into the school system. He was also the founder of the Winnipeg and Brandon Career Symposium.
As well as providing leadership and professional development regarding the integration of the various programs, Tom also served in various other capacities. He was the Department spokesperson on policies regarding graduation requirements and the evaluation of out-of-province course completions for credit towards Manitoba High School graduation. Tom’s favorite pastime is cruising on the beautiful Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario, with his family on their sailboat.