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This exciting grass-roots Canada 150 project is being created and lead by a team of passionate and dedicated elementary educators who span the country from coast to coast to coast, including English, French, and Indigenous teachers, and project “ambassadors” in all 13 provinces and territories. 

National Coordinators

WorkingThe Kids’ Guide to Canada project was first conceived in Winter 2015 by Cathy Beach, a recently retired elementary teacher. Founder and national co-ordinator for the project, Cathy is a multiple award-winning educator with 43 years of experience working in the fields of outdoor, environmental, and elementary education.  She founded and was the Executive Director of EarthDay 1990 for the province of Ontario, and has quietly provided years of educational leadership online and at the local and provincial levels throughout Ontario.


Helping to coordinate the project is Leigh CassellCo-Founder of A Kids’ Guide to Canada and a Teaching and Learning Coach for the Avon Maitland District School Board in Ontario. Leigh is the Founder and President of the Digital Human Library which she created in 2011 to provide a way for teachers from JK-12 to connect their students with experts and classes around the world. Leigh is an Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Educator, SMART Certified Interactive Teacher (SCIT), and Founder of the AMDSB EdTech Learning Community. 

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AKGTC National Committee


Aniya Kaeja, Teacher, Toronto


Barbara Robson, Toronto DSB


Emily Mayne, Student Advocate, Newfoundland


erin-3-crop-150x150  Erin O’Rourke, Upper Canada DSB

helen  Helen Dewaard, Lakehead University

kathryn  Kathryn MacLean, Ottawa Catholic DSB

laurie  Laurie Mask, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board


Louise Robitaille, Retired Teacher, RTO, Ontario


Marge Kobewka, Edmonton Public SB


maureen  Maureen Richardson, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic DSB

IMG_5830  Robert Wiebe, Waterloo Region SDB

Rola  Rola Tibshirani, Ottawa Catholic DSB


Yolanta Krawiecki, Ottawa Catholic DSB


    Stephanie Izzard, Waterloo Region DSB



Amberly Ferguson

Madison Yearwood


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Digital Human Library:  Canadian Teachers’ Registry

Esri Canada:  interactive project map

DSBN – District School Board of Niagara:  project development and promotions

Canadian Education Association:  organization and promotions

ECOO – Educational Computing Organization of Ontario:  financial management

Government of Canada Canada150 Fund – financial support

Retired Teachers of Ontario, RTO-ETO – promotion and financial support

iHub Niagara:  tech services and promotions

Orion Network:  technology and promotion

Contact North:  network services

BonZa Global Inc.:  tech services and project development

Chalk.com:  single sign-on registration system

Canadian Geographic Education:  national promotion

MediaSmarts Inc. Canada:  education resources and promotion

Cube for Teachers:  teacher resources and promotion

Outlook Enterprises:  promotion

Marathon Learning:  connections, promotion

Fair Chance Learning:  connections, promotion