A 2015 Alumni Achievement Award nominee:
A respected educator in the Waterloo Regional District School Board, Bill Bulmer received his Bachelors of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1998 and went on to spread his knowledge of geography with high school students within the Region.
Bulmer’s passion for social justice led him to co-develop, “Outreach,” a geography course that not only makes students aware of local and international social and environmental issues, but also provides them with an opportunity to explore the challenges first hand. His pioneering course has taken students internationally to destinations such as Honduras, where the students built schools, and Chile where they volunteered for organic farms and retirement homes.
For the past nine years of his 18 years of dedication to the Waterloo Regional School Board Bulmer held the position of Geography department head. He has become a leader in implementing technology into the classroom; guiding departmental, school and system level workshops for both students and staff. One of his major focuses has been on experiential learning and making the course curriculum relevant to his students.
In 2010 Bulmer helped establish a working connection with professor Larry Swatuk, who was, at the time, establishing the new International Development, program through the Faculty of Environment and St. Paul’s College.
Bulmer regularly volunteers his time at the St. Mark soup kitchen where he helps to prepare and serve hot meals to those in the community who need it. For the past 15 years he has been the main staff organizer of KCI’s Community Dinner, working to prepare a special Christmas event for the homeless and marginalized members who attend.
Bulmer is an avid outdoors enthusiast and became an accomplished ironman triathlete in 2004. While maintaining an active lifestyle, Bulmer also remains active in the local community, attending city council meetings and supporting sustainability initiatives such as the LRT and water conservation programs.