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Letter from the Publisher

Jennifer Stewart

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of another year, which marks the end of my first year back at work as a forest educator and the beginning of my role as publisher for the Learn Forestry News.  This was a fantastic year to return to forest education, as I was busy with Pro D Days, teacher workshops, Forest Week presentations, ILA van tours, and other events. 

In addition to forest education, I was also busy at home, as my family has grown to include our second daughter, Katelyn, born this past February.  Thank you to all the other forest educators for stepping up and helping me out these past couple of months!! 

Deb Sluggett holds up her award, with (left to right) Forest-Ed West Co-Chair Sandy McKellar, Ann Polson (CWIT) & Betty-Ann McDonald (CWIT).

A big "congratulations!!" goes out to Debbie Sluggett who was presented the "Jim Martin Award for Life Time Achievement in Forest Education" at the ForestEDWest conference this past January.  Debbie has been such an influential person in developing and sustaining forest education in BC’s interior for the past ten years.  Everyone is so appreciative of all that she has done for students and teachers in building an immensely successful forest education program. As Deb enjoys her retirement, she will always be remembered for her high level of enthusiasm and energy and for her vision and many contributions to forest education.  We will miss her and wish her all the best!! 

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