2019 Recipients - Beth Dye and Joe Frey
Beth Dye, teacher, educator, coach, administrator and Fellow, has served the Society in a range of capacities for more than twenty 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. Beth continued to offer her expertise and guidance as a Governor of the Board and, more latterly, 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, Beth 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 involvement in the International Geographical Union’s GeoOlympiad which now affords senior secondary school students the opportunity to compete on the world stage.
Joe Frey, CD
Joseph Frey is an explorer, diver, writer, speaker, world traveler, and tireless advocate for the Society and its mission. He has served as a Governor of the Board and, more latterly, 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.
Joseph Frey is an articulate and informed ambassador and spokesperson for the Society. He shares his adventures with the readers of Canadian Geographic magazine 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.