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Eric Stanley Hillis Memorial Award
|Process:||Award application flyer will be circulated by Faculty of Education each spring.|
|Description:||Awarded annually to a student graduating from the BEd program who, in the opinion of the Dean, show the most promise of inspirational teaching.|
|Background:||Eric Stanley Hillis was born on May 28, 1943, in Halifax, NS. He was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. JamesStanley Hillis. He attended Gorsebrook School and Queen Elizabeth High School and was active in the Y.M.C.A.In 1960 Eric was a delegate from Nova Scotia to the World Youth conference in Amsterdam, Holland. In the fall of 1960 he entered Dalhousie University where he majored in English. He participated in manyextra-curricular activities and was Arts Representative to the Student Co uncil. He wrote for the Gazette andthe yearbook, Pharos, and was on the Model Parliament for two years. He was active in the Dalhousie Glee andDramatic Society and managed two of their productions, "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1961-62 and "Guys and Dolls" in1962-63. In 1963 he was a delegate to C.U.S. National Congress and in 1964 to C.U.S. Regional Conference. In 1964 he was Student Housing Commission on the Dalhousie Campus and with his staff was instrumental ineliminating the names of householders who would not a ccept foreign students. With a year in Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree behind him, Eric entered the Dalhousie Educationprogram. After graduation he taught for one school year at the Junior High level in the Halifax City Schoolsystem. In 1967 he and his wife, Laurie Publicover, moved to Charlottetown where he had bee invited to jointthe newly formed Education Department at Prince of Wales College, which in 1968 became the University ofPrince Edward Island. He was a lecturer there for four years in the field of teacher education. Duringsummer vacations he completed the course work for a Master of Education degree at Dalhousie University. Thesubject of his thesis was "Some Legal Aspects of Authority and Responsibility in Canadian Schools". In 1971 Eric was seconded to the Atlantic Institute of Education in Halifax to coordinate research inteacher education, his particular interest. He also acted as Project Coordinator of a feasibility study underterms of a c|