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Year: 2001 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Austin Lowe

School: Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute
235 Frontenac Street
Kingston, Ontario  K7L 3S7

Principal: Sandra Cond
School Telephone: 613-544-4811
School Fax: 613-544-8795
School Website:
Grades/Subjects Taught: Board-wide radio broadcasting focus program

Teaching Approach:

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
  • I don't teach radio; I use radio to teach.

Outstanding Achievements:

Developed and expanded innovative board-wide radio broadcasting program. KCVI 91.9 FM broadcasts 52 hours of student-developed and -produced programming a week. The station is also streamed over the Internet at

  • provides students with variety of possible career paths
  • sets high standards and expectations: students learn to accept deadlines and responsibilities of public broadcasting and on-air time
  • provides a strong network of connections with people of many talents and careers able to provide advice and experience
  • develops partnerships with local technicians and broadcasters, Queen's University personnel and musicians, allowing students to broadcast on the Web, create CDs and learn the rope' from the pros
  • combines writing with research, preparation, development of interview skills, science and history of radio, and business skills
  • teaches technical skills of running a broadcasting studies program
  • offers opportunities to collaborate with students across the nation and around the world.

Rave Reviews:

He has a clear vision and it has been a pleasure to watch him work with young people and turn his vision into reality. Principal

M. Lowe encouraged each student to leap into the world of broadcasting by having the faith in each young person's potential. . . . I believe each student gained a great sense of responsibility and pride from this act of trust and confidence. Parent