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Debbie Sluggett, Kalon Nahachewsky (Educational Liaisons)
Debbie Bazett (Forest Education Coordinator, COFI - Southern Operations)

Jeannie Steele and Deb Sluggett pose with the Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister of Forests and Range.

Forest Educators Awarded Minister's Award of Excellence

At the 48th Annual Interior Logging Association Trades Convention held in Kamloops recently, forest educators, Deb Sluggett and Jeannie Steele, were honoured by the Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister of Forests and Range, who presented them with a Minister's "Award of Excellence for Advancing Forestry Education in BC".

Deb and Jeannie have a long history together in forest education in the Southern Interior, having worked together for close to a decade building and developing a comprehensive, highly-acclaimed forest education program for teachers and students, until Jeannie's retirement in the fall of 2004. This year's award recognized their most recent accomplishment in developing the DVD and lesson package "CLEM-A Journey into BC's Logging Industry", with Jeannie coming out of retirement to team up once again with Debbie.

"CLEM" shows BC's high-tech forest harvesting machines in action, with impressive footage from around the province. Distributed throughout all BC public, private and aboriginal schools, this resource introduces students and teachers to today's modern technology and careers in harvesting, demonstrating how logging has become more efficient, more environmentally-friendly and much safer than in the past. It will be used as a stand-alone package by some districts or as a part of Deb and Jeannie's Gr. 5 teaching kit, "Our Living Resource- the Forest", presently used in many schools in the Southern Interior.

Many thanks go out to all the supporters of "CLEM", along with our congratulations to Deb and Jeannie on receiving this well-deserved honour for their forest education contributions!!


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