Kamloops educator wins national award

By Greg Fry
November 9, 2017 - 9:47am

KAMLOOPS — A major achievement for a Kamloops educator.

Beth Dye, vice-principal at Twin Rivers Education Centre, has won the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Geographic Literacy Award for her efforts to support the advancement of geographic education in Canada.

Dye has helped to design geography educational resources, taught geography teaching methods at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, and has advised such organizations as the B.C. Legislature, Natural Resources Canada, and the Library of Parliament on numerous geographic and civic literacy initiatives.

Her greatest source of pride is her work on the Canadian Geographic Challenge, Canada's longest-running national geography competition.

"What an extraordinary professional and personal privilege to be this year's recipient of the Geographic Literacy Award," says Dye. "I am so proud to be associated with an organization that is devoted to the teaching, learning and living of geography. Geography gives meaning to our sense of place and provides us a dynamic lens to examine and understand our world."

Dye will receive a medal and $2,500, which is split evenly between the recipient and a donation to support geographic education in their name. Dye has chosen to donate $1250 to the 2018 International Geography Olympiad.

She will be presented with the award by Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek at a medal ceremony in Ottawa next week.

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