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The Kids’ Guide to Canada project is a free teacher-led initiative offering an unprecedented opportunity every K-8 student to make a personal contribution of lasting meaning and value to Canada’s future: to help create the first multilingual, multicultural and interactive guide to Canada made by kids and for kids. In the process, classes have a chance to meet and learn with peers from coast to coast, and help build a new era of “understanding, empathy, respect”. (TRC, Call to Action 63.3)

This exciting grass-roots project is 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” across the country.


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 45 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


  Barbara Robson, Toronto DSB

  Charlotte Raine, Library Learning Coach, Good Spirit School Division

  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

 Mamoona Brace, Halifax Regional School Board, Nova Scotia

IMG_5830 Robert Wiebe, Waterloo Region SDB

Rola Rola Tibshirani, Ottawa Catholic DSB

 Stephanie Izzard, Waterloo Region DSB

  Yolanta Krawiecki, Ottawa Catholic DSB




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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