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Elrick award winner named

A College Heights Secondary School teacher is this year’s recipient of the Mike Elrick Environmental Leadership Award.
Greg Smith, a special education teacher at College Heights, is the 2014 winner of the award for staff or volunteers who have demonstrated environmental leadership within their school community or the Upper Grand District School Board.
This is the fifth year the board’s environmental issues committee has handed out the award in memory of Mike Elrick, a teacher who provided excellent leadership for his work on environmental issues within the board, a news release said. He died from lung cancer in November 2009.
Smith “embodies environmental choices and is a daily role model to staff and students,” the release said.
He helps run many environmental activities at College Heights and is a member of the food action group, which brings healthy local food into the school café. Smith makes Earth Day memorable, as every student is challenged to get involved in the week-long celebration, the release said.
“From riding his bike to work each day to bringing a litterless lunch and always using a refillable water bottle, Greg models sustainable practices for students and staff. He is a huge promoter of the environment and our impact on it,” it said.
There were eight other nominees for this year’s award. The ones from Guelph were Jennifer McGregor and Kelly Duggan, both of John F. Ross Collegiate, Liz Haslett of Mitchell Woods school, Lloyd Lewis of Guelph Collegiate and Tamara Anderson of Taylor Evans school.

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