It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Lyle Benko on Friday evening, February 26, with his family by his side. Lyle made so many important contributions to the Faculty of Education over the years in addition to his K-12 teaching and administrative work.
Lyle taught Education Professional Studies classes in the undergraduate teacher education program, supported pre-interns and interns as a Faculty Advisor, and was a tireless advocate for environmental and ecological education. More recently, Lyle was involved with the SEEDS-Connection National Foundation, Learning for a Sustainable Future Foundation (LSF), and the UN Regional Center of Expertise Saskatchewan.
Lyle was the recipient of the SK eco-network Environmental Activism Award in 2011, he was a recipient of the University of Regina Inspiring Teacher Award, a recipient of the Award of Merit for teaching from the SK Science Teachers Society, and received the provincial SOEEA Award for Outstanding contributions to Environmental and Outdoor Education.
In whatever capacity Lyle was working, he brought energy, enthusiasm, humour, and passion to his role. He made me feel very welcome when I first joined the Faculty in 2004 and I will miss his friendship and collegiality.
Dr. Jennifer Tupper, Dean of Education, University of Regina
Read Lyle’s obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/leaderpost/obituary.aspx?n=lyle-benko&pid=177897735