Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award
Mike Elrick was an Upper Grand DSB teacher who demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in his work on environmental issues within our board. In addition to running the Community Environmental Leadership and Headwaters Programs for fifteen years, he also chaired the board-wide Environmental Issues Committee and was involved in numerous other initiatives within our board. Mike role modeled environmentally friendly practices from biking to school to washing mugs for staff meetings. Mike passed away in November 2009 from lung cancer.
Each year, the UGDSB is honouring Mike’s memory with the “Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award” for staff and volunteers who have demonstrated environmental leadership within their school community or our school board.
The recipient of this award would be someone who demonstrates the following:
- Drives environmental projects, such as earth week activities, or advises the environment club within their school
- Models numerous sustainable practices for students, like biking to school, bringing a litterless lunch, or using “good on one side paper”
- Infuses discourse and action on environmental issues into their teaching
- Demonstrates environmental leadership in other ways
If you know of a UGDSB staff member or volunteer who you feel would be a worthy recipient of this award, please complete a nomination form in the spring when the application becomes available. The award recipient will get financial support for an environmental project or program within their school.
Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award 2021
Now in its 12th year, the Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award is presented each year to a staff member or volunteer who has demonstrated environmental leadership within their school community or school board.
A teacher from Kortright Hills Public School in Guelph has been awarded the Upper Grand District School Board’s Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award.
Teacher Cathy Dykstra is the 2021 recipient of the environmental award.
Cathy is very active in the school and community when it comes to environmental issues and is most notably recognized for her contributions to the Water Rockers student group at Kortright Hills PS.
Cathy is being honoured for her years of dedication raising awareness of water, energy and environmental issues. Year over year, she engages her students in action projects on water conservation, energy literacy, and more.
With her guidance, over the years the Water Rockers have been the recipients of numerous Classroom Energy Diet Challenge awards. In 2019, Cathy was named the Canadian Geographic Energy Educator of the Year. She has facilitated National Geographic Educator Certification workshops for Upper Grand staff and has been described by many staff as an environmental mentor.
On June 24, Cathy was surprised with the news of the award. Members of the award selection committee, including last year’s winner Yvette Tendick and 2013 recipient Cory Lipovschek, presented the award to Cathy at her home.
Past Winners of the Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees for their Leadership in Environmental Action!
- Winner 2021 Cathy Dykstra
- Winner 2020 Yvette Tendick
- Winner 2019 Kim Gordon
- Winner 2018 Heather Cameron
- Winner 2017 Chris van Beurden
- Winner 2016 Liz Hazlett
- Winner 2015 Patsy Collier
- Winner 2014 Greg Smith
- Winner 2013 Cory Lipovschek
- Winner 2012 Mike Anderson
- Winner 2011 Sheila Koop
- Winner 2010 Barb Kidd