Congratulations to all the Outdoor Education Australia Award recipients that were announced last week at the NOEC precursor event.

We would like to make a special mention to Victorian winners:
The Alice Sloan Expedition – OEA program of the year
Professor Peter Martin – OEA Fellow award

Get to know their stories below…

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Alice Sloan tragically lost her life when a tree fell on her tent during an outdoor education program in 2005. Alice was 16 years old and had a love for the outdoors, sport, and the arts. Her family courageously decided to establish the Alice Sloan Trust with the aim of supporting young women who otherwise may not have the opportunity to participate in activities that Alice loved.

Now in its 16th year, close to 150 young women from regional Victoria have participated in the ten-day outdoor education expedition (and optional two-year leadership program) where they themselves live, on Taungurung land. The program aims to support the young women to develop leadership skills, increase empowerment, and build community.

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Professor Peter Martin, has dedicated 40+ years of service to the Outdoor Education profession. Through his outstanding professional career, and volunteer work, both nationally and internationally, Peter has positively shaped, advanced and helped to evolve our sector. The impact of his work, and the legacy he has created through his teaching, research, writing, presenting and personal
example cannot be over-estimated.

As a founding member of the Australian Outdoor Education Council and the Outdoor Council of Australia, he has been one of the pillars of the outdoor community.

At a State level, he has played a critical role in setting up the Victorian Outdoor Education Association and then Outdoors Victoria; he has supported and led the development of the Australian Climbing Association and the creation of the Instructor accreditation system.

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