Quite the honour for Comox Valley waste reduction educator Gayle Bates who recently won the 2014 Recycling Council of British Columbia Environmental Educator Award.

Goat News spoke with Koreen Gurak with the Comox Valley Regional District.

Gurak says Bates has played a huge role in raising awareness on various recycling efforts in the community.

The award was recently presented at the May 29th annual RCBC conference in Whistler, however due to medical reasons Bates was unable to attend the event. Bates continues her battle with cancer.