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Awarded RCGS Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration

November 21, 2021

This week, I was awarded the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

What an honour! I am quite overwhelmed. Because of COVID, the medal was presented at the online RCGS Fellows Show rather than in person in Ottawa. Here is my acceptance speech:

Although I have lived a life of exploration – sometimes as part of a large expedition team, sometimes leading groups as a wilderness tour guide, and oftentimes on my own solo expeditions – I am overwhelmed by this acknowledgement. It certainly inspires me to live up to it by continuing to embark on adventures and explore, and to share my experiences with the world.

Many thanks to my many friends and supporters – and especially to RCGS Fellows and friends Russell Clark and Jill Heinerth – and to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for their confidence in me.

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