Dr. David V.J. Bell was a member of LSF from 1995 and became Chair of the Board of Directors in 2006, a position he held until his passing in January 2017. He was an integral part of our organization for over 22 years. His passion, commitment and dedication to sustainability and education has left a permanent imprint on policy makers, educators and youth across Canada and internationally. LSF would not be where we are today if not for his leadership and countless contributions, which have been recognized through awards including: the Green Toronto Award for Leadership in Sustainability, the Harry Jerome Award, 2017 Clean50 Award, and the Jackie Robinson Fortitude Award.
To honour David’s optimism, work, and passion for Education for Sustainable Development, LSF has established The Dr. David V.J. Bell Memorial Fund. The fund will continue David’s important legacy to “empower our children to change the world”. To donate to the Dr. David V.J. Bell Memorial Fund please click the button below.
The fund helps support LSF's annual Dr. David V.J. Bell Memorial Lecture
, intended to help bridge the gap between research and what is practiced in educational institutions by identifying Canadian thought leaders to share their research and insights on education for sustainable development as it applies to education policy, teacher education and practice, and student empowerment.
A political scientist by training, David was an undergraduate at York University in its earliest years, graduating with his BA in 1965. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1969 and taught at Michigan State University for 2 years before returning to York in 1971 where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (1981-1987) and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies (1992-1996). David served as a member of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy (2003-2007), Chair of the Board of Directors of Parc-Downsview-Park (2002-2006), and as consultant and advisor to universities, private sector companies, to governments at all 3 levels in Canada, internationally to the G8, and to the Governments of China and Jamaica. David was also an accomplished jazz bassist who years ago studied with Ray Brown at Oscar Peterson’s Advanced School of Contemporary Music.
David was an advocate for youth and a champion for the environment. He was a friend, mentor, and inspiration for all. He is sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues.