James Malcolm Martin

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  • "So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We worked together many..."
    - Pat Ruby
  • "Goodbye and rest well my environmental mentor and good..."
    - Bruce Wilson
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James (Jim) Malcolm Martin October 28, 1949 - July 22, 2016 An inspiring, visionary leader has suddenly left this world to explore others. James (Jim) Malcolm Martin passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC on July 22, 2016 at age 66 from pancreatic cancer. A proud grandson of southern Alberta pioneers, Jim was born in Calgary on October 28, 1949. He was destined for a life in education, becoming one of Alberta's own pioneers in environmental education. Jim was first inspired by nature through childhood curiosity, exploring rivers and streams. These experiences grew into a passion for the environment. He graduated from Henry Wise Wood HS (Calgary), then earned his Bachelor of Arts (University of Calgary) and Master of Science in Education (Northern Illinois University). Jim spent over 40 years as an educator, helping people understand important connections between society, environment and the economy. Over his career, Jim presented to tens of thousands of learners. One of his favourite times was spent building canoes with First Nations students in northern Alberta, then paddling these canoes on lakes and rivers to share the natural world and how humans interacted with it. Jim helped found and lead several nonprofit education organizations, most notably Friends of Environmental Education Society of Alberta (FEESA), now Inside Education. His vision was to provide bias-balanced natural resources education to Alberta schools. In 2011, Jim was honoured with an Alberta Emerald Award for individual commitment. In his private life, Jim was a quiet naturalist who loved bird-watching, hiking, mystery novels, football, cooking, walks by the sea with his pup Sieva, and travels abroad. Some of his fondest journeys were to Crete, Vimy Ridge and Paris. He was a passionate conversationalist, friend and mentor who left a tremendous impact on our lives and hearts. Jim will be deeply missed by his wife Karin Hedetniemi; brother John Martin; sister Diane (Jim) Bailey; daughter Lisa (Dale) Keller; lifelong friends Brian (Anne Marie) Ogston, Steve McIsaac; and many more family, friends and colleagues. Perhaps in the great beyond, Jim is reunited with parents Don and Mabelle; brothers Donald and Bill; and previous wife Wendy Gow. Jim supported many charities close to his heart. If so desired, donations may be made to InsideEducation.ca, Jim Martin Legacy Program, to benefit more young learners. More than this, Jim would encourage you to introduce a child to something new in nature, to spark awareness and help build their understanding of the world we live in.


Published in The Calgary Herald on Aug. 4, 2016
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