Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy

Photo: Ben Powless

In acknowledgement of the late Alex Trebek’s support for the Society, particularly its educational 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 educator who has made significant contributions to geographic literacy in Canada. The award recipient also receives $1,000 in recognition of their hard work, courtesy of the Phyllis Arnold Endowment Fund. 

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.

Applications are now closed! Stay tuned for our award announcement later this fall. 

2020 Recipient: Lisa (Diz) Glithero

Diz Glithero is a leading educator who inspires everyone she meets. She is an adjunct professor and research associate at the University of Ottawa, the National Coordinator for the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and a course consultant for the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education at McGill University. She served as Education Director for Students On Ice between 2004 to 2008 and still serves as Chair of the SOI Education Advisory Committee.

She was the Education Lead for the iconic Canada C3 expedition, on which her passion and commitment for transformative education was contagious. Her core principles of inclusion, reconciliation and taking responsibility are all qualities that makes her an exceptional leader and educator.

In 2016, Glithero was recognized with a Meritorious Service Award by the Governor General of Canada for her work in youth engagement and environmental education. In 2018, she received both the Outstanding Educator of Year award from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication and the Ocean Education Organization Award from Ocean Wise.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is proud to award the Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy to Lisa (Diz) Glithero for her inspirational commitment to connecting youth to the natural world and developing geographic leaders.