Deciding which local and global projects to support, learning about teambuilding, and reviewing activities and funds raised for Toonie Tuesday were just a few of the items on the agenda for the SD83 District Me to We Student Leadership Committee on Jan. 27.
Chaired and operated by the members, the committee is comprised of students from every middle and secondary school in our district, and it spearheads activities of youth helping youth both locally and globally.
Since 2006 SD83 has been affiliated with Me to We, a Canadian group dedicated to youth helping youth throughout the world (www.metowe.com).
Since that time, mainly through Toonie Tuesday, local students have raised over $180,000 to help globally and in their own communities.
A representative from Me to We, Bonnie Walker, was on hand at the meeting to inform the students about the countries supported by WE and to do some teambuilding and leadership building activities.
The current committee, after research and discussion, decided to support a village in Ethopia with this year’s approximately $12,000 in proceeds. The committee also voted that the Me to We Service Tour for Spring Break 2021 would be to Ethopia, so that participants could help build a school and see the funds they raised in action. Subsequent to our meeting our group found out that WE doesn’t support school trips to this spot, so the group will continue to explore an alternate location for the group to travel to. Stay tuned for an informational meeting on this topic.
Locally, the committee voted to support a literature grant project submitted by SAS Sullivan Pride Action Team, a buddy bench proposal from Sorrento Elementary, and a proposal from Shuswap Middle School to learn about and acknowledge survivors of the Holocaust. Earlier, the committee had also supported a South Broadview proposal to purchase food for the Lighthouse Shelter. The South Broadview project saw students working with employees at Askews to hone their math skills and choose $20 per student worth of items for the food bank ($1,700 worth of food items in total).
Last Spring Break a group of students travelled to Tanzania on a Me to We service Learning Tour to help build a school in Tanzania and to see the money they raised put into action.
Currently there are openings to represent Eagle River Secondary and Pleasant Valley Secondary. If you are interested please talk to your school’s principal or leadership teacher.
This year also marks a change in the adult sponsors of the committee as long time sponsors Wendy Woodhurst and Lisa Coombs are retiring from duty and it is being taken on by Heather Gobbett, Kira Limbar and Dallas Mould.