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The Climate Collaborative for Educators is a jointly created program designed by Sue Roppel (Kimberley Foundation), Tom Harding (West Point Grey Academy), and Dr. Travis Fuchs (Crofton House & Honorary Norham Fellow at the University of Oxford Faculty of Education).

Since 2023, The Collaborative has been made possible due to the generous support of the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC).

Returning in 2024 for its 4th year, our unique immersive climate change professional development program – The Climate Collaborative for Educators – for 2024  is open to all BC teachers (Grades 7-12), staff, counsellors and administrators. Structured as 3 in-person sessions, The Collaboratives combines multidisciplinary climate change learning with hope-focused, eco-anxiety reducing strategies for classrooms and schools. Participants will work together to create enhanced climate change products (curricular modules and units, resource and toolkits) for the classroom and new approaches and strategies for the school.


The 2024 Climate Collaborative for BC Educators


October 20, 2023 Inspiring Climate Action in BC Secondary Schools

The Climate Collaborative



About the FOCUS! Teachers Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication Awards

Ms. Christine Avey (Westmount Charter School) [Winner]

Ms. Catherine Corkery (St. Anne Catholic Elementary School) [Finalist]
Mr. Duncan Sinclair (East Elgin Secondary School) [Finalist]
Ms. Ali McTavish (Mulgrave School) [Noteworthy Achievement]
Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch (Earl Haig Secondary School [Noteworthy Achievement]
Dr. Terri Willard (Seven Oaks Met School) [Noteworthy Achievement]


About the FOCUS! Schools Take Action to Change Climate Change Leadership Award

The FOCUS! Schools Take Action to Change Climate Change award recognizes the central role that schools play in modelling and inspiring positive environmental action. Awards of $10,000 were granted to two schools that demonstrated excellence in environmental and climate change leadership in at least one or more of the following areas:

  • significant reduction of the school’s carbon footprint, resource use, and/or waste output;
  • development of innovative programs or initiatives that encourage climate change reduction activities by members of the school and/or local community;
  • creation of innovative tools, approaches or programs that lead to significant environmental and leadership skills development by students that will uniquely equip them to become future climate change leaders;
  • installation or performance of unique creative works that raise awareness, inspire action and which demonstrate the role creative works have in creating a sustainability-focused culture;
  • implementation of programs, initiatives or a school culture that instills a high level of environmental sustainability and climate change consciousness among its student, educator, staff and broader community; and,
  • implementation of an ongoing program of unique professional advancement activities in environmental education and climate change topics for its teaching staff with a demonstrated record of excellence in supporting innovation, risk taking, and experimentation by teachers seeking to enhance climate change awareness through their teaching and curricula.

St. George’s School of Montreal [Co-Winner]
(Principal: Ms. Nathalie Bossé)

Career and Technology Centre [Co-Winner]
(Program Lead: Mr. Adam Robb)

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