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News from The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety


for­mer prime min­is­ter of Canada and a past U.S. pres­i­dent, a leg­endary singer-song­writer and a renowned Arc­tic arche­ol­o­gist are among those awarded So­ci­ety medals this year. All were rec­og­nized at the RCGS’S an­nual Col­lege of Fel­lows Din­ner on Nov. 16 at the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory in Gatineau, Que.

Gold Medal (achieve­ments in ge­og­ra­phy) David At­ten­bor­ough Award-win­ning broad­caster and writer, the voice and face of BBC’S nat­u­ral his­tory pro­gram­ming Gor­don Light­foot Singer-song­writer, pro­lific Cana­dian cul­tural am­bas­sador with more than 20 best­selling al­bums John Turner Canada’s 17th Prime Min­is­ter; served for decades as a pub­lic ser­vant and has trav­elled ex­ten­sively in the Arc­tic

Massey Medal (out­stand­ing ca­reer achieve­ment in Cana­dian ge­og­ra­phy) David Mor­ri­son Arc­tic arche­ol­o­gist; led devel­op­ment of the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory’s new Cana­dian His­tory Hall

Sir Christo­pher On­daatje Medal for Ex­plo­ration Pat and Baiba Mor­row Moun­taineers, pho­to­jour­nal­ists and film­mak­ers; Pat was the first climber in his­tory to reach the Seven Sum­mits Wade Davis An­thro­pol­o­gist, “plant ex­plorer” and pro­lific au­thor; has stud­ied In­dige­nous cul­tures around the globe

Martin Bergmann Medal (ex­cel­lence in Arc­tic lead­er­ship and sci­ence) Martin Fortier Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Uni­ver­sité Laval’s trans­dis­ci­plinary re­search pro­gram Sen­tinel North

Lawrence J. Burpee Medal (out­stand­ing achieve­ment that en­hances the So­ci­ety’s abil­ity to make Canada bet­ter known) Jimmy Carter For­mer pres­i­dent of the United States, vastly ex­panded the na­tional parks sys­tem; on­go­ing work with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity An­drew Prossin Founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions, ex­clu­sive cruise part­ner of the RCGS

Cam­sell Medal (out­stand­ing vol­un­teer ser­vice to the RCGS) Jody Decker Pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of ge­og­ra­phy, Wil­frid Lau­rier Uni­ver­sity; past RCGS gov­er­nor Phil Howarth Pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of ge­og­ra­phy, Uni­ver­sity of Water­loo; past RCGS gov­er­nor Capt. Joseph-elzéar Bernier Medal (ex­em­plary deed or ac­tiv­ity that aids the So­ci­ety in ful­fill­ing its man­date) Phyl­lis Arnold A lead­ing pub­lisher of in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tional re­sources; past RCGS gov­er­nor She­lagh and Jon Grant She­lagh, an ed­u­ca­tor, his­to­rian and au­thor, and Jon, a busi­ness leader, are long­stand­ing sup­port­ers of Can Geo Ed­u­ca­tion Bob Ram­say Pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tion firm Ram­say Inc., founder of the Ram­saytalks lec­ture se­ries and Ram­say­travel ex­pe­di­tions com­pany Mike Robin­son Royal Scot­tish Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety CEO, re­lo­cated and rein­vig­o­rated the so­ci­ety, strength­en­ing ties with other ge­o­graph­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions

Geo­graphic Lit­er­acy Award Beth Dye Ed­u­ca­tor and ad­min­is­tra­tor with nearly 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, has founded and fos­tered ge­og­ra­phy ini­tia­tives na­tion­wide; past RCGS gov­er­nor

In­no­va­tion in Ge­og­ra­phy Teach­ing Award Paula Huddy-zubkowski Teacher at Cal­gary’s St. Joseph El­e­men­tary and Ju­nior High School; ap­plies in­no­va­tive, mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach to cur­ricu­lum

Singer Gor­don Light­foot (sec­ond from left) was awarded the RCGS’S Gold Medal.

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