This exciting grass-roots Canada 150 project is being created and lead by a passionate team of 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.
The 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 co-ordinate the project is Leigh Cassell, a Technology 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 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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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
iHub Niagara: tech services and promotions
BonZa Global Inc.: tech services and project development
Orion Network: technology and promotion
Contact North: network services
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