Congratulations to Ms. Tracey Lee, Debate Coach, Counsellor and Global Studies Teacher, on receiving the Hidden Heroes Award from the Office of Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra. The Hidden Heroes Award honours Vancouver residents for their outstanding work in the community. Our senior debaters nominated Ms. Lee for the award, which she received at an awards ceremony in May 2018. See below what our debaters submitted for Ms. Lee’s nomination:
Tracey has been a debate coach for the past 18 years. She coached Team Canada Debate from 2009-2011, leading the 2010 team when it won the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC). She is the Chair of the Canadian Worlds committee and an adjudicator at WSDC since 2005. She heads the Worlds Schools Debating organization as the Chair of the non-profit Board (WSDC Ltd) and is the president of the Pan American Debating Organization that promotes debate in the Americas. She has served as the president of the provincial association, as well as the Canadian Student Debate Federation Director and a Canadian National Debating Championships Board member. Everything Tracey does for debate is volunteer work. She manages all of these international committees, on top of working a day job as a teacher and head counsellor at school. She sets up workshops for public school students who cannot afford coaching. Last year, she hosted the senior, junior, and French national debating championships in Vancouver! Without her selfless work, debate in Canada and, quite literally, around the world, would not be the same. She is truly a leader in our community and a hero to so many of her students.
Thank you, Ms. Lee, for all you do at WPGA and in our community!