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Dale Gregory has taken teachers around British Columbia’s Okanagan region to show how glaciation created rich fruit-growing soils, to Victoria for weather seminars and near Whistler to learn about tectonics — all to help them teach geography.

“These trips give teachers hands-on experiences and ideas for class field trips,” says Gregory, a retired teacher from Port Coquitlam, who is one of the recipients of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education’s (CCGE) 10th Anniversary Awards for contributions to geographic education and to the council.

Gregory is a founding member of the CCGE and has been chair of its B.C. chapter for six years. He also writes all the questions for The Great Canadian Geography Challenge, a process that has him compiling trivia 10 months a year.

Five other teachers have also been honoured with the award: John Trites (Atlantic), Yves Khoury (Quebec), Linda Gollick (Ontario), Gail Smith (Manitoba/Saskatchewan/ Nunavut) and Wally Diefenthaler (Alberta/Northwest Territories).

Gregory says the CCGE has helped improve geographic education in B.C. “Before the CCGE, there was no teacher-focused group advocating the teaching of geography.”

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