She has been called an environmental educator, a youth advocate and a community innovator. With a PhD in Education and a former classroom teacher, Diz is an active part of the teaching faculty in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. Through her work as an educator and educational researcher, she is passionate about connecting today’s youth to the natural world and to developing eco-civic leadership capacity in Canadian youth.
Diz served as the Education Director for Students on Ice from 2004-2008 and continues to serve as Chair of SOI’s Education Advisory Committee. She has experienced over 15 polar expeditions. Diz also serves as one of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature Members, a member of the National Working Group on Environmental Sustainability Education in Teacher Education, Advisor to the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Teacher Advisory Board, Member of Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, Member of the Environmental Education Steering Committee for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and former Co-Chair of Board of Directors for Youth Ottawa.
Diz has been honoured with an international Women of the Earth Award by the Yves Rocher Foundation for her work in environmental education and was named as one of Chatelaine’s “Amazing Canadian Women to Watch.” Most recently, in June 2016, Lisa was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal at Rideau Hall from the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, for her work in environmental education and youth engagement.
Her favourite thing: spending active time outside in Canada’s wild places with her two kids, husband, friends and fellow Canadians.