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Exploration Place, Smedley win national awards

The Cascades are an annual award program of the Canadian Association of Science Centres and this year The Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre was honoured with the Best Program – Small Institution for the Adult Speaker Series.

This free monthly event features cutting edge science and research being done right here in Prince George.  In partnership with UNBC, the museum is providing an opportunity for researchers to share their work with the public in an informal, engaging environment every month.  Participants can come to the museum for wide-ranging talks covering topics from CRISPR gene editing technology, to cancer research or from the history behind Prince George’s “bad” reputation to water conservation and waste water management.

Amanda Smedley was singled out by the Canadian Association of Science Centres’ board for an Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Nominated by the Exploration Place Board of Trustees’ Todd Whitcombe, supported by board chair Katherine Scouten, Smedley’s 19 years of work at the museum stands out nationally as exceptional.  Smedley has expanded and developed programs, created new ones and taught a generation of northern kids to love science and embrace evidence based decision making.

“In particular, she has been the champion for years of the Community Science Celebrations in Prince George,” said Whitcombe. “These have led to the implementation of an MOU with Science World for the development of province wide education. She was a key actor in developing Symbiosis – the STEAM Ecosystem – and Tech UP programs as Prince George programs in conjunction with Science World. These programs promise to provide educational possibilities for children and youth which will help to ensure a lifelong interest in science-based disciplines.”

“We are very lucky to have the team that we do here at the Exploration Place,” said Tracy Calogheros, CEO, “long-time staffers like Amanda have shared their talents and their passions not just with Prince George but with our entire Province and indeed, our country. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the Outstanding Career Achievement honour from CASC.”

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