Richard Schwabe was one of the 60,000 Canadians to be honoured by receiving The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for community service.
Schwabe, an Albert E. Peacock Collegiate english teacher, was recognized for the contributions he makes daily as an educator at work and in his community.
Schwabe has been a long time volunteer and educational ambassador for EF Educational Tours, who plan and carry out international education tours for students.
“Richard is being awarded this medal because he is extremely committed to excellence in education with a focus on experimental learning,” event coordinator of EF Educational Tours Stephanie Ruttan told the Times-Herald. “He goes above and beyond in his daily life to support the EF mission of breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography.”
The award was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The award honours Her Majesty for service to the Commonwealth, at the same time honouring the contributions and achievements made by Canadians.
“I received a letter a month ago informing me I had be awarded and was just flabbergasted,” Schwabe told the Times-Herald. “The more I researched the award the more honoured I became about being chosen.”
Schwabe has participated in over 20 international educational tours, providing thousands of students with the opportunity to experience different culture, history and experience.
“I really owe a debt of gratitude to Chelsea Quinn and Christine Armstrong of EF Tours, who asked me to be a travel ambassador for EF,” Schwabe offered.
Schwabe has been responsible for overseeing the safety and well-being of thousands of students during the international trips over the years. “I never lost one and was able to get every single one of them back to Canada,” Schwabe said on the daunting task of guaranteeing safety for over a hundred youths while over seas.
Schwabe said one of the greatest rewards has been being able to open up the world to so many children over the years. “We were at the Sistine Chapel one time, and one of the girls said to me, ‘how will I ever explain this to my father back home?’” “I get to live vicariously through these trips and kids.”
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