Edward Burtynsky Award: 2020 Winners

Grand Prize Winner:

Velvet Lacasse

Velvet Lacasse lives and teaches on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Wendat. As a non-Indigenous ally, Velvet is committed to actively disrupting colonial pedagogies and supporting Indigenous sovereignty. As one of the founding teachers at The Grove Community School, Velvet is learning about the critical importance of teaching through relationships and centering Indigenous voices, perspectives, knowledge, and stories of resistance through land-based education. 

Runners Up

Alberta Robinet & Adrienne Rinne

Adrienne Rinne and Alberta Robinet both completed the Masters of Arts in Child Study and Education program through OISE at the University of Toronto. They are co-teachers of an Outdoor Kindergarten program at Tawingo College in Muskoka, Ontario.

Sybille Parry

Sybille Parry has been an elementary school teacher for 31 years, most recently at the Island Public/Natural Science school in Toronto (TDSB). Sometimes she paddles to work!

Miriam Snell

Miriam Snell has been a teacher at Tamarack West Outdoor School since its inception in 2015. Tamarack is a unique forest school in Toronto’s West End which is suited for spirited children who thrive in the outdoors. As a founding teacher, Miriam has been an integral part of Tamarack’s development.

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