Our Canada Project 2015 Award Winners
The following three schools have been recognized out of over 190 school action projects to receive the 2015 LSF/RBC Our Canada Project Award. Each of the award recipients will be given a certificate of achievement acknowledging their successful project in addition to a financial prize to be used for future action projects:
- First place: $3,000.
- Second Place: $2,000
- Third Place: $1,000.
Check out the winning projects these schools have done by reading the summaries below!
Thank you everyone for your wonderful projects! They were amazing – Keep up the great work! We look forward to seeing your student-led action projects next year!
Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit – Richmond School District’s “Green Ambassadors” Program – Richmond, BC
This post represents an incredible effort by the Richmond School District Green Ambassadors (in partnership with Richmond School District, The City of Richmond, and the David Suzuki Foundation) in holding their annual youth-led environmental conference. The post and accompanying video explain that this conference has become a celebrated event, drawing participants of all ages from Richmond School District and lead by a committee of youth volunteers. These youth plan and deliver every component of the event, including participation on the day as workshop facilitators, emcees, and keynote speakers. 2015 was the first year of the event to boast only youth keynote speakers, and the ambassadors hope to uphold this standard in future years! Their event inspires real, place-based action and contributes to the social, environmental, and cultural sustainability of their region.
Shirley Chan and Mary Ferguson, members of Learning for a Sustainable Future’s Board of Directors, along with RBC Assistant Branch Manager Ramona Chin, will present the award on Monday, February 1, 2016.
Food Drive for Orphaned Wildlife – Rama Central Public School – Washago, ON
The grade 4/5 students at Rama Central, a rural school in Washago, envisioned a future for Canada where orphaned wildlife were cared for in a responsible and environmentally sustainable way that would allow them to be released safely into the wild. To support this vision, the students collected more than 200kg of food (in the forms of pine cones, acorns, maple keys, etc.) to donate to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge, and Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary. This project is particularly impressive for its school-wide engagement and the variety of learning opportunities it provided – everything from science and math to public speaking and visual arts! Students lead the way on the promotion and recruitment of other classes to their effort, collection and sorting, weighing and tracking, and even data analysis and reflection. The rehabilitation centers shared videos and photos of animals enjoying the food collected by the students, allowing the class to observe their real-world impact on local biodiversity!
Stan Kozak, learning innovation consultant for Learning for a Sustainable Future, and Sandra Chevrier, RBC Branch Manager, presented the award on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
Grade 6 students at École Mgr-François-Bourgeois transformed a portion of their school yard into an outdoor classroom and garden in order to enrich not only their own learning and experience, but those of the whole school and surrounding community. The outdoor classroom was inspired by a desire to connect with nature and explore the source of our food, as well as a wish to provide a sense of belonging and pride for the community. The outdoor classroom includes a lecture corner, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, and a walking path. The students surveyed the school and planted the 10 most popular varieties fruits and vegetables, as well as over 15 native tree and shrub species. They promoted their project by handing out seeds at a local market, spreading the wealth of local food in their community!
View their post here.
Sonya Malaborza, a consultant for Learning for a Sustainable Future, and Ghislain Bernard, RBC Branch Manager, presented the award on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
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