Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy

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In acknowledgement of Alex Trebek’s support for the Society, particularly its education programs for Canadian youth, in 2019 the Society’s Geographic Literacy Award was renamed the Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy.

This prestigious medal annually recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to geographic literacy in Canada.

Individuals in both the private and public sectors constantly make contributions to advancing geographic education throughout Canada. In a variety of roles and settings, dedicated individuals create and support programs, initiatives and events that improve and enhance geographic literacy among young Canadians.

2019 Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy: Andrew Young.

Andrew Young is a self-proclaimed “geovangelist.” Early in his career, Young volunteered for two summers at St. Theresa’s Secondary Technical School in Gambia with the Nova Scotia Gambia Association, a program funded by the Government of Canada. This experience changed his life and taught him about different ways of living, knowing, and learning. Today, Young teaches geography at Georges P. Vanier Secondary in Courtenay, B.C., where he works to connect classroom concepts to real-world issues. 

Young is constantly working to increase his geographic knowledge and skills to teach more students about the wonders that come from geographic learning. Over the past three years, he has piloted an inter-school online version of his Grade 12 geography course to make the course accessible to all three high schools in the Courtenay area. This year, Young is piloting a geographical sciences course that has him co-teaching with a biology teacher to highlight the environmental sciences aspects of geography, as well as the impact of global climate change.

The Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy consists of:

  • $1,000 awarded to the recipient
  • A trip to Ottawa to receive their award

If you know someone whom you think is eligible, please submit a nomination before September 15, 2021

Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy Nomination

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