ALEX TREBEK NAMED AN OF­FI­CER OF THE OR­DER OF CANADA

Canadian Geographic - - ENGAGING WITH US - —Nick Walker

Alex Trebek, Hon­orary Pres­i­dent of the RCGS, was named an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada on June 30 for his “iconic achieve­ments in tele­vi­sion and for his pro­mo­tion of learn­ing, no­tably as a cham­pion for ge­o­graphic lit­er­acy.” Trebek, a Sud­bury na­tive and a house­hold name since he an­nounced his first Jeop­ardy! cat­e­gories on set in 1984, has long been a cham­pion of ge­o­graphic ed­u­ca­tion, trav­el­ling of­ten over the past three decades to host stu­dent ge­og­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tions such as the Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic Chal­lenge’s live fi­nals, which

he con­tin­ues to sup­port through the Trebek Fam­ily Foun­da­tion. Trebek has pre­vi­ously won the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety’s Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell Medal and the RCGS’S Gold Medal and Lawrence J. Burpee Medal — all in recog­ni­tion of his ded­i­ca­tion to ge­o­graphic ed­u­ca­tion. “Alex has done so much to raise ge­o­graphic lit­er­acy,” says RCGS CEO John Geiger. “He rep­re­sents the very best of us with a deep love of coun­try, but also a global out­look and sense of hu­man­i­tar­i­an­ism.”

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