At 2021’s National Outdoor Education Conference, Outward Bound Australia’s Margot Hurrell was honoured with a Fellowship of Outdoor Education Australia and Helene de Lagillardaie was awarded the inaugural Outdoor Education Practitioner of the Year Award.
Outward Bounders win Outdoor Education Australia’s Highest Honours
Becoming a Fellow of Outdoor Education Australia is the industry’s highest honour and recognises Margot’s lifetime commitment and service to the outdoor education profession.
Margot’s relationship with Outward Bound spans 25 years, originally as an external trainer and assessor through to her current role as Risk and Safety Manager. She has helped train and nurture hundreds of outdoor educators and ensures the highest standards relating to safety and first aid. She continues to share her knowledge and expertise through both organisations and individuals – with a generosity of spirit, unwavering integrity, an eye for detail and commitment to excellence.
The Practitioner of the Year Award is the Outdoor Education industry’s premier annual award recognising Helene’s positive impact on students, participants and peers through her work as an outdoor education practitioner.
It acknowledges Helene’s outstanding accomplishment ensuring delivery of high-quality programs through the challenges of floods, bushfires and COVID hibernation and re-emergence throughout 2020.
She has been pivotal in Outward Bound’s survival and transformation through these impacts to shift, reschedule and adapt complex operations across the country.
Margot is the epitome of a trusted advisor, with unwavering integrity, a superb eye for detail, and a consummate listener and collaborator."