The driving force behind the success of a society is always an energetic younger generation. The dedicated educators who inspire and challenge these young people deserve our acknowledgement. Dr. Angela Chiu Kwan-hung, the first recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award in 2001, is a fine role model, who has made an important contribution to the professional development of early childhood teachers in Hong Kong. The Panel knows that there are many other professional educators, whose silent, but dedicated efforts and contributions should also be acknowledged. We hope that the Outstanding Educator Award will recognise and show our respect towards these individuals who inspire and nurture young minds as they in turn help to build a solid foundation for the future of Hong Kong.