Alex Trebek honoured with Geographical Society grant program for rising explorers

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Canada and the National Geographic Society within the U.S. are honouring the late Alex Trebek with a particular grant program named after the longtime Jeopardy host.

Trebek, who grew up in Sudbury, Ont., started his TV profession on the CBC in 1961 and hosted a number of sport exhibits earlier than changing into becoming a member of Jeopardy almost 4 a long time earlier than his November 2020 dying. He would have turned 81 on Thursday.

During his lifetime, Trebek had been concerned with each geographical societies, so in honour of his birthday, The Trebek Initiative was launched.

The grant program goals to advertise rising Canadian explorers, scientists, educators and photographers, mentioned David Court, chair of The Trebek Initiative, “to help them to tell their story with a goal of igniting what we call a ‘passion to preserve’ in all Canadians.”

Jean Trebek mentioned she’s heartened to see her husband’s reminiscence and philanthropic legacy honoured.

Alex was extremely keen about geographic training and exploration, believing it to be important to understanding our planet and the influence of a altering surroundings.– Jean Trebek

“Alex was incredibly passionate about geographic education and exploration, believing it to be critical to understanding our planet and the impact of a changing environment,” she mentioned.

“As such, lending his name to this initiative to help support the work of emerging Canadian explorers was a natural extension of his belief in the power of lifelong learning.”

The program will present $400,000 to $500,000 a yr in grants to help expeditionary work. Between 10 and 12 grants will be handed out annually.

Court mentioned there are comparable grant packages in other elements of the world, together with the U.S., “just not in Canada.”

He mentioned the funding — not less than for the primary three years of The Trebek Initiative — is from 18 households from throughout Canada.

Word of the grants spreading already   

Applications are coming in already.

“People have started putting in inquiries, making early applications, so they can work on them over time. And we are expecting that we will have some things up and going even this year,” Court mentioned.

He mentioned a few of the submissions they’ve already acquired are “all over the map” by way of matters and classes.

“An example would be we’ve got one that’s looking at exploring underwater caves in British Columbia; we’ve got scientific research on Canadian wildlife. There’s some things on Canadian deer. There is wilderness and water. We’ve got one we’ve been talking to that is dealing with water scarcity in northern communities or we’ve got also photography.”

Court mentioned it is vital to have such a program in Canada.

“I don’t think Canadians know enough about their country and they have an incredible thirst to know more.”

He mentioned there are a lot of younger or rising explorers doing fascinating work, however the particulars of these efforts don’t get out to others.

“Between the funding we can provide — but maybe equally, or if not more importantly — is getting them connected to National Geographic, which is one of the great storytelling organizations there is, we can get these stories out to Canada,” Court mentioned.

Grants goal to ‘ignite the eagerness’

“Great storytelling can change the world,” mentioned Alex Moen, chief explorer engagement officer for the National Geographical Society.

“Through The Trebek Initiative grants and the explorations to come, we want to ignite the passion to preserve our environment and the planet in every Canadian,” mentioned Moen.

“Our mission with The Trebek Initiative is to inspire Canadians to make lasting, positive changes for the health of our planet,” mentioned John Geiger, chief govt officer of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Up North8:05Trebek Initiative launches

A new fund in honour of the late Alex Trebek has been launched at the moment, on what would have been his 81st birthday. We spoke with David Court about how the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the National Geographic Society within the U.S. teamed as much as create the Trebek Initiative. 8:05

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