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AAEE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD – 2017

Each Chapter / Branch is encouraged to nominate a member who has achieved significant outcomes within their groups’ work in support of Education for Sustainability.

2017 Nominations Close 25 July.

Download the EE of the Year Award Nomination Form

Email your Chapter / Branch Nomination to:

Admin@aaee.org.au with Educator of the Year Nomination.

2016 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS – Allen Hill (Tas) and Noeleen Rowntree (QLD)


Awarding the 2016 Environmental Educators of the year at the 2016 AAEE Biennial Conference in Adelaide
L to R: Sue Martin (Awards Coordinator), Noeleen Rowntree - QLD (Award recipient), Allen Hill Tas. (Award recipient), Mark Caddey (AAEE President) and Hugh
Kneebone (Conference Convenor).

Congratulations to both Allen and Noeleen who were awarded at the Biennial Conference in Adelaide.

Allen Hill was nominated and unanimously supported by his Tasmanian chapter for his ubstantial contribution to EfS in both Australia and New Zealand. He is currently a lecturer in Sustainability Education and Outdoor Learning at UTAS and is responsible for revitalising environmental education programs there.  Among his many recent achievements Allen has: initiated collaborative EfS research analysing the role and impact of EfS in Tasmanian schools and pre service training; published and investigation into sustainability as a cross curricular priority in the Australian Curriculum; published a number of internationally acclaimed EfS peer reviewed research papers and initiated new opportunity for EfS dialogue through introducing and convening the AAEE Research Symposium at the AAEE biennial conference in 2014.

Noeleen Rowntree is currently the Principal at Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre in Queensland and is an active member of the Queensland Chapter. Noeleen has made a substantial contribution to EE/Efs personally and professionally over a number of decades. Including her work as a teacher and Principal at the Centre since 1988.  Noleen is the co-founder of the Queensland Early Childhood Environmental Education Network;  Deputy Chair State-wide Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres Principal Alliance (OEECPA); Curriculum co-chair for state network of Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres (OEECs); Co-designer and presenter of Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) workshops and has shared her knowledge extensively at conferences, in Queensland, Nationally and internationally.

2015 EE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER – JEM HANSEN

jem hansen environmental educator of the yearCongratulations to Jem Hansen, AAEE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Education in Australia 2015.  Jem was announced as the recipient at the National Conference held in New South Wales, 29-31 October 2015. This is a well deserved award as Jem has been a dedicated member of the NSW AAEE Executive, previous Project Officer for the NSW Chapter and is the Project Leader of the Make the Change Project.  Jem has provided extensive leadership and strong support to the sector through providing input and direction on the NSW Exec Committee and hands-on support to members through the drafting and dissemination of the Newsletter and the organisation and delivery of events and workshops.

From the end of 2014, Jem took on project leadership for Make the Change for NSW AAEE and his efforts have carried the document a number of steps closer to implementation. He leads a vibrant and effective process for NSW AAEE. Read more

PAST AWARD WINNERS

2015: Jem Hansen, NSW
2014: Jane Ryan, VIC
2013: Vanessa Whelan, ACT
2012: Elanie Lewis, WA
2011: Cam Mackenzie, QLD
2010: Grahame Collier, NSW
2009: Jennifer Pearson, WA; Annie Beecroft, TAS
2008: Richard Smith, SA
2007: Frank Fisher, VIC

BRIAN FOREMAN SCHOLARSHIP

The Brian Foreman Scholarship was created to assist a member of the association to travel and attend the biennial conference. Brian Foreman was a founding member of the Association in 1980 and his work in South Australia is legendary.

This award is in recognition of Brian’s contribution to Environmental Education in general and to AAEE in particular. Read Brians Story.

2014 BRIAN FOREMAN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT - JANINE BAKER

Janine Baker 2014 AAEE Scholarship Recipient

The Brian Foreman Scholarship recipient for 2014 was Janine Baker. The scholarship supported Janine in her work within schools around the Eyre Peninsula to share information about some of the weird and wonderful marine species within the region. The field trip comprised a series of interactive educational slideshows about some of the rare, endemic and potentially threatened marine species. Read more

PAST RECIPIENTS

The past recipients can be viewed below and all welcome inquiries about their work and opportunities to share resources.

2012: Anne Pettit, WA (view application)

FELLOWSHIP OF AAEE

After a brief interval, the Fellowship of AAEE was reinstated in 2012 to recognise a member who had made an outstanding contribution to environmental education at a national level over their career. This recognition is the responsibility of the Executive Committee who consider nominations that is then awarded at the AAEE Biennial Conference.

2014 FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT – AMY CUTTER-MACKENZIE

2014 Fellowship Amy Cutter-Mackenzie - headshot

Associate Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie was acknowledged at the AAEE Biennial conference in Hobart as the AAEE Fellow for 2014. This award is bestowed by the Executive Committee every two years to a member that has a demonstrable outstanding service to the Association. Amy is an outstanding candidate for this year’s award with her strong research agenda driving sustainability education across all sectors of education. Read more

PAST RECIPIENTS

The past recipients can be found here with many of them still very involved in Education for Sustainability areas.

2012: Syd Smith, NSW


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