Camsell Medal

This RCGS award, named in honour of the Society’s founder, Charles Camsell, was established by the Society’s Board of Governors in 1992.

The purpose of the Camsell Medal is to bestow recognition upon, and to express the Society’s appreciation to, individuals who have given outstanding service to the Society. The presentation of the award(s) is normally made by the President at the Society’s College of Fellows Annual Dinner.

Only RCGS Fellows may nominate individuals for the Camsell Medal.

2019 Recipients: Beth Dye and Joseph Frey

Beth Dye

Beth Dye, teacher, educator, coach, administrator and Fellow, has served the Society in a range of capacities for more than 20 years. While her association began with the Canadian Geographic Challenge, over time she assumed ever greater responsibility and leadership roles on the Canadian Council for Geographic Education (now Canadian Geographic Education). Dye continued to offer her expertise and guidance as a Governor of the Board and, later, as a member of the Executive Committee.

Recipient of the Society’s Geographic Literacy Award in 2017 for her impassioned and persuasive advocacy for geographic education provincially, nationally and internationally, Dye is dedicated to enhancing the opportunities for Canadian students to pursue studies in geography throughout their educational journeys.

To this end, she championed the Society’s — and Canada’s — involvement in the International Geographical Union’s GeoOlympiad, which affords senior secondary school students the opportunity to compete on the world stage.

Joseph Frey

Joseph Frey is an explorer, diver, writer, speaker, world traveller, and tireless advocate for the Society and its mission. He has served as a Governor of the Board and, more recently, as a member of the Executive Committee. As Chair of the College of Fellows Committee, he has succeeded in fulfilling the mandate to enlarge the College to more accurately reflect Canada’s diversity and to attract accomplished individuals who exemplify the Society’s values and share its mission.

Frey is an articulate and informed ambassador and spokesperson for the Society. He shares his adventures with the readers of Canadian Geographic and has actively assisted in regional, national and international media relations especially, but not limited to, the Victoria Strait expedition. He continues to enthusiastically support the Society’s mission to make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.

How to nominate

Deadline for nominations is March 15.

Camsell Nomination Form

Nominator Name
Is the Nominator an RCGS Fellow?*

Brief description of nominator including relationship to nominee

Nominee Name

The nomination rationale should include a description of the significance of the nominee's contribution to the Society in any capacity, including details of service to the following committees: Board of Governors, Audit, Geographic Education, Awards, Lectures Committee, Editorial Advisory, Merchandise, Executive, Nominating, Expeditions, Policy & Planning, Fellows, Research Grants, Finance, and various ad hoc committees or special events.

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