|ROYAL VALE TAKES THIRD PRIZE AND $1,000 CHEQUE IN OUR CANADA PROJECT|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 27, 2015 – With a sustainable and healthier Royal Vale School in NDG as their concept, Franzi Kaiser’s class took home third place in the Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) and RBC Foundation’s Our Canada Project.
The prize was in recognition of the garden, which was conceived and developed by Kaiser and her class. Work on the garden began last spring and with the dedication of students and parent volunteers, it continued throughout the summer. At the beginning of the school year, all involved enjoyed a feast using only the fruits and vegetables that they grew.
“We envision a school that grows its own food, reduces waste through composting and recycling, promotes individual and collective environmental responsibility and combats nature deficit disorder,” said Kaiser. “Students addressed nature deficit disorder by creating their own vegetable garden in the heart of an urban area. They involved community members through a workshop on food security, which helped fuel their discussions about the connections between their school garden and mental health, nutrition, and global impact.”
Intended to serve as a call to action, Our Canada Project was designed by youth, for youth to engage in conversations about Canada’s future. Canadians were asked to articulate their vision for a more sustainable and further share their stories on the project website.
“Declining trends in voter turnout and other forms of democratic participation among youth indicate that they are becoming increasingly disengaged in active expressions of citizenship”, added Pamela Schwartzberg, President and CEO of Learning for a Sustainable Future. “We brought together youth from across Canada to respond to this challenge. Their answer was: give youth a chance to share their voice and they will take action. And so, the Our Canada Project was born.”
Michael J. Cohen