Royal Canadian Geographical Society adds 4 Newfoundlanders to fellowship

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Four people from this province are among the latest fellows inducted into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Shawn Stratton, TA Loeffler, Glenn Blackwood and Derek Wilton were inducted into the society’s College of Fellows Class of 2013 last month. As well, Newfoundland and Labrador Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan was granted an honorary fellowship.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society — which has the goal of spreading knowledge and appreciation of Canada’s people, culture and geography — was founded in 1929 and bills itself as one of the country’s largest non-profit educational organizations.

Fellows are elected at the society’s annual general meeting, based on nominations. Once elected, they are inducted for life as long as they maintain membership in the society.

Blackwood is vice-president of the Marine Institute. While Wilton is a professor of earth sciences at MUN, who has sailed the northern Labrador coast north of Nain six times.

Loeffler, a professor of outdoor recreation at MUN, has scaled six of the seven summits (the highest peak on each of the seven continents), with only Mount Everest left to conquer. She’s also the author of “More Than a Mountain: One Woman’s Everest.”

Stratton, who spent 15 years as a senior instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School and other international organizations, is the president of LiveMore Group, and author of “Teams on the Edge: Stories and Lessons From Wilderness Expeditions.”

Being nominated and accepted as a fellow is an honour, Stratton said.

“It was an unexpected recognition of my service and accomplishments. I faithfully accept the organization’s challenge of  ‘making Canada better-known to Canadians and to the world,’’’ he said.

Stratton, Loeffler, Blackwood and Wilton join other fellows from around the world, including seven others from this province: Norm R. Catto, Stan Cook, Peter Laracy, Joyce C. Macpherson, Peggy M. March, Gordon Slade and Gerald Thomas.

Organizations: College of Fellows Class, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Marine Institute National Outdoor Leadership School LiveMore Group

Geographic location: Canada, Northern Labrador, Mount Everest

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