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October 11, 2002
Latin American community names U of G professor 'Best Educator'
A University of Guelph professor has received the Latin American Achievement Award for best educator, one of several awards presented by the Latin American community in Canada in recognition of outstanding contributions to culture, education, business, athletics and community service.
Prof. Jorge Nef, Department of Rural Extension Studies, received the honour at gala event that was held in Toronto recently and attended by more than 2,500 people. The awards ceremony included 14 categories with 41 nominees. It is an annual recognition the Spanish speaking community confers upon individuals of Latin American origin who significantly contribute to Canadian society.
“It was for me an honour and a surprise,” Nef said of the award. “I think it
Nef, a native of Chile, joined U of G’s faculty in 1975 as a political science professor and later moved to the Department of Rural Extension Studies. In 1997, he received a prestigious Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations lifetime teaching award and in 1998, the U of G Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Teaching Award, the second time he received the honour in a decade.
Nef has spent time teaching, consulting or doing research in Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Europe, Peru, Uruguay, Papua-New Guinea, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil. He is recognized nationwide for his contributions to Latin American studies in Canada and is a fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University and is a former president of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
He is the author of 14 books and monographs, over 80 peer-reviewed chapters and articles and some 70 papers and presentations. In recent years, Nef has also made a literary career in poetry, with one book and numerous poems in anthologies and journals, as well as international poetry readings.