Dr. Loeffler has 25 years of experiential teaching expertise. Her work and adventures have taken her to 39 different countries on all seven continents. She has visited more than 80 schools in Canada and as far away as Switzerland. That's over 38,000 students and counting.
As a professor of outdoor recreation in HKR, Dr. Loeffler's students are more likely to be outside chasing icebergs than sitting in a classroom. She's also attempting to complete The Seven Summits, the highest peak on all seven continents. Her next big expedition is June 2013. She is climbing Mount Logan, the highest peak in Canada and the second highest in North America.
Dr. Loeffler attended the medal ceremony earlier this month along with 29 other recipients of after a night of sleeping outdoors with her Winter Outdoors Activities class. "I enjoyed hearing of my fellow recipients achievements; it was humbling to be in such company," she said. "Starting the day seeing my students apply their term learning so successfully and then receiving recognition and appreciation for my outreach work in schools, let me get a glimpse of a bit of the impact that I have in the world."
Dr. Scott MacKinnon is HKR's interim dean. "HKR has a lot of stars who work for and with our communities every day. TA is such a great ambassador of experiential learning and community outreach and it's great to see her get this kind of recognition from the community."
Dr. Loeffler has received international and national recognition for her innovative teaching and motivational speaking including a 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2008, the Karl Rhonke Creativity Award from the Association of Experiential Education in 2007, in 2006, she received the Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2005, the Memorial University President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 2001, the Society of Parks and Recreation Educators awarded her a Teaching Innovation Award.
A professor at Memorial since 1995, Dr. Loeffler is a recognized expert in the area of gender and outdoor education. She has several publications and has presented her teachings and research to numerous groups. As well, she co-edited the fourth edition of the Theory of Experiential Education.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne as Queen of Canada.