Canadian Geographic - - YOUR SOCIETY - —Nick Walker

Nancy Gil­lis, an el­e­men­tary teacher at Toronto’s Cresthaven Pub­lic School and a Can Geo Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber, won the pres­ti­gious K-12 Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year Award from the North Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion in Oc­to­ber. Gil­lis works tire­lessly to find cre­ative ways of en­hanc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal lit­er­acy of her stu­dents, and runs a num­ber of eco-ini­tia­tives in her school, from ad­vo­cat­ing to make changes to re­duce waste and en­ergy use to build­ing so­lar desk lamps. She was also re­cently named one of Canada’s En­ergy Ed­u­ca­tors of the Year in Can Geo Ed­u­ca­tion’s na­tional Class­room En­ergy Diet Chal­lenge, which fo­cuses on im­prov­ing en­ergy aware­ness among Cana­dian stu­dents.

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