Over the years, I’ve been incredibly fortunate, honored and humbled to have been recognized for my work in the fields of education & volunteering, music and writing. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with many students, educators and community members by leading numerous workshops and talks.
EDUCATION & VOLUNTEERING
In 2001, I was recognized as a Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer of the Year for my work in training citizen scientists for the Adopt-A-Stream statewide stream monitoring program.
I was also awarded the Branch Award by the Malaysian Nature Society in 2004 for my efforts in fundraising to secure a Ford Foundation Grant to establish and train the Malaysian Nature Guides.
The BENCHMARX, a rock band based in Kuala Lumpur, that I was a singer, guitar player and song writer for was named the MOST ELECTRIFYING – EXHILARATING – EXCITING LIVE Act in Malaysia in 2010.
The BENCHMARX raised over US$20,000 for conservation of endangered species in Southeast Asia by Rockin’ 4 the Environment and using music to inspire students, artists, musicians and local community to take action for education and sustainability.
My book, As if the Earth Matters- Recommitting to Environmental Education, co-authored with Thom Henley received the National Science Teacher Associations Recommendation in 2008.
In 2012, I initiated GREEN Riders and then in 2014 GREEN Paddlers to raise awareness for conservation and sustainability in Southeast Asia. To date, our documentary videos have received over 14,000 views and during the GREEN Riders bamboo bike ride we reached 400,000+ community members via social media.
I’ve also been a speaker at several Global Issues Network (GIN) conferences including GINdo (Jakarta International School in Indonesia), GINSing (United World College SE Asia in Singapore) and GINSanity (Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
My talks and workshops cover topics such as making a difference through service projects, initiating inspirational educational and conservation awareness campaigns and education for a sustainable future.
More recently, I was invited to give a talk at a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) student conference at United World College Southeast Asia to encourage students to get outside and learn about the natural world to see the value of Education Outside the Classroom.
Last year, I was one of the organizers for the Global Citizenship Summit last year at NIST Int’l School in Bangkok. I am currently planning a similar weekend summit for Bali Int’l School to take place in Feb. 2016.
In January of 2015, Earth Matters teamed up with the Traidhos Three Generation Barge Program in Thailand and the International River of Words Program in California, USA to launch River of Words Southeast Asia an Art & Poetry Contest in the region to encourage students and teachers to learn more about their watershed.
We are very excited about the possibility of using art and poetry to inspire students to become stewards of their waterways!
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