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Board Meetings
Awards of Excellence

October 16, 2007

Excellence in Education

Inaugural Footprints Conference
Exploring Pathways to Careers in the Environment
September 26 and 27, 2007
Bruce Peninsula District School

On September 26th and 27th, Bruce Peninsula District School held the inaugural Footprints Conference – Exploring Pathways to Careers in the Environment. The objective of the conference was to expose students to many of the career opportunities within the environmental sector and the various skill sets that are required to work in those areas. Through these experiences, it is hoped that students will develop a greater appreciation for the planet and the skills required to care for the environment. The conference was for students from all secondary schools in the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board. Approximately 200 Bluewater students were in attendance.

During the conference, students had the opportunity to explore career choices in eleven different streams:
            Environmental Arts
            Outdoor Leadership: Flatwater Canoeing
            Environmental Science
            Back Country Construction and Maintenance
            Outdoor Leadership: Hike Ontario
            Municipal Systems
            Emergency Response
            Sustainable Energy Solutions
            Local Food

Sessions took place at a variety of locations on the Bruce Peninsula, including Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, the Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies, Harvest Moon Bakery, buildings of the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, Larkwhistle Gardens, the Hyperbaric Chamber in Tobermory, on the Chi-Cheemaun, and at the Celtic Sports and Arts Camp.

Students had the opportunity to hear and converse with Provincial electoral candidates on topics relating to the environment, as well as take in presentations from post-secondary institutions with environmental programs. Shane Jolley delivered an interesting keynote address to the participants.  Jory Nash, a Summerfolk performer who has a background in environmental and outdoor studies, entertained the students after dinner on Wednesday evening. On Wednesday night, a majority of the conference participants camped at Bruce Peninsula National Park, while others spent the night at the IOEES.

The conference was very generously sponsored and supported by The Bluewater District School Board and a variety of community partners: the Bruce-Grey-Perth-Huron-Georgian Triangle Training Board and Passport to Prosperity, Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, Celtic Sports and Arts Camp, RBC Financial Group, Zehrs, Sky Generation, Georgian College, the Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists, The Ontario Clean Water Agency, The Bruce Peninsula Environment Group, the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, the Institute for Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies,  the Ontario Provincial Police, the Municipality of the Northern Bruce Peninsula, Dr. George Harpur, Grey-Bruce Water Supply, OYAP, Laidlaw Transportation, the Lion’s Head and District Lioness Club, Barbetta Orchards, the Owen Sound Transportation Company, the Canadian Coast Guard, Harvest Moon Bakery and Larkwhistle Gardens,  the staff at Bruce Peninsula District School, as well as many others.  We are so appreciative to all who helped to make this event a worthwhile learning opportunity for Bluewater students.

Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
16 October 2007
For more information please contact
Jean Stephenson, Student Success Leader or Alana Murray, Superintendent of Secondary Education


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