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Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy

2010 Recipient - Stuart Semple

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A lifelong passion for geography
Now in his 55th year of teaching, Stuart Semple has received the 2010 Geographic Literacy Award from the Canadian Council for Geographic Education (CCGE). An adjunct professor of geography at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, N.B., Semple (right) has taught geography in Canada and his native Australia and has trained about 500 Canadian geography teachers, as well as International Baccalaureate teachers in Africa, North America and Europe.

“In many ways, I consider the award the pinnacle of my career,” says Semple, who helped found the CCGE in 1993. “I am deeply honoured that my work has been recognized in this way and remain as enthusiastic about geography as when I began.”

The award includes $5,000 from National Geographic’s Education Foundation, which Semple has donated to create a scholarship that will be given annually to a university student who wishes to pursue a bachelor of education in Atlantic Canada to teach geography or social studies.

— Julia Maffett

Presentation of award
Presentation of Award

Nova Scotian Stuart Semple, an accomplished geography educator and passionate believer in the promotion of geography as a staple of every person’s education is the winner of the 2010 Canadian Geographical Literacy Award.

The award includes a bronze medal from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and a cash prize from the National Geographic Society of Washington DC.
It is Dr. Semple’s intention to help establish an annual bursary for students at Atlantic universities graduating in geography and enrolling in teacher education for which his cash prize will serve as the inaugural amount awarded.

Beth Dye, Chair of the CCGE, described Stuart Semple as “a most deserving recipient, whose contributions to the teaching of geography are endless.” She continues, “He has made a profound difference in the lives of many geography educators and geographers.”

With a career spanning over 50 years, Dr. Semple is a proven supporter of geographic education. He has taught geographic literacy at all grade levels, from elementary to PhD students. Presently, he is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at Mount Allison University where he teaches geography educators.

Dr. Semple’s contributions to geographic literacy extend beyond his many roles as educator. He is a constant traveler to speak at professional conferences and conduct workshops, and he is the author of a number of publications.

The Canadian Council for Geographic Education, a joint initiative of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society, is made up of teachers from across Canada who volunteer their time to promote geographic education and to highlight the important role geography can play in the curriculum.

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