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 2018
For this year’s award we had 19 nominations of excellent candidates. The Award Committee, comprised of previous award recipients and nominees, curriculum leads and the board’s Environmental Sustainability Lead had a difficult decision to make amongst so many deserving nominations.
This year’s winner is Heather Cameron, a teacher at Centre Wellington District High School.
According to one of Cameron’s colleagues, “Heather is a dedicated environmentalist and leads by example. She is a passionate leader of the environmental club. She’s heavily involved with improving our recycling process and undertakes the annual waste audit with students to help create an action plan so that less waste from school reaches landfill sites. Heather is actively involved in the school’s greenhouse program and is involved in maintaining the outdoor garden areas all year round.”
We congratulate Heather, as well as all nominees this year for their inspiring efforts!
Past Winners of the Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees for their Leadership in Environmental Action!
- 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