NSW Environmental Educator of 2010 honoured in Award Ceremony

Rosemary Hadaway of Keep Australia Beautiful Council was announced as overall NSW environmental educator of the year at an evening award ceremony held during the Australian Association of Environmental Education national conference. Rosemary was presented with the award for her outstanding contribution to the environmental education profession during her career.
 
Working with Keep Australia Beautiful NSW since 2002, now as Programs Manager, Rosemary currently oversees the running of both the Clean Beaches Program, Sustainable Cities Program as well as the Waste Watchers environmental education program. She has individually taught a staggering 120,000 students face to face during that time and developed the Keep Australia Beautiful education program from one to five individual curriculum linked environmental education modules focusing on waste, water, catchments, organics and sustainability. Prior to this she spent five years as a Field Education Officer at Bicentennial Park. She holds a Masters of Environmental Education and a Permaculture Design Certificate.
 
In receiving the award Rosemary said “It is a great honour to receive this award from my peers – thank you. My congratulations to all other participants and winners in this year’s awards.  I am fortunate to have conducted many face to face environmental education activities over the years, and I firmly believe that nothing has been achieved (even among the best plans and policies) unless the educator engages with the audience to ensure that ‘light-bulb’ moment of understanding occurs. This is the outcome we need for all – a clear understanding of our relationship to the natural world that will shape our behaviour from that point on. The value of face-to-face activities cannot be underestimated. ”.
 
To top this all off Rosemary practices sustainability in her everyday life and has a passion for environmental education. Rosemary commented “I am fortunate to have conducted many face to face environmental education activities over the years, and I firmly believe that nothing has been achieved (even among the best plans and policies) unless the educator engages with the audience to ensure that ‘light-bulb’ moment of understanding occurs. This is the outcome we need for all – a clear understanding of our relationship to the natural world that will shape our behaviour from that point on. The value of face-to-face activities cannot be underestimated”.
 
Other Award recipients were:
  • Formal Educator Award - Ian Judd (Kyogle High School)
  • Formal Educator (highly commended) - Richard Ingham (Western Institute TAFE NSW)
  • Agency Educator Award - Sue Martin (Local Government and Shires Association)
  • Agency Educator (highly commended) - Sonya Tirtajaya (Manly Council)
  • Community Educator Award - Ken Rubeli (Wangat Lodge)
Chair of the NSW chapter of Association for Environmental Education, Mark Caddey said that the awards are given in “recognition of the commitment and passion to environmental education”. Mark also said that “the awards and the worthy recipients each year are a testament to the strength of the environmental education profession and community in NSW”.
 
Photo: Mark Caddey (NSW AAEE Chair) and Rosemary Hadaway
 
For more information, contact:
Kate Heyward
Project Officer, AAEE NSW Chapter
E: kate@aaeensw.org.au
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