Fairtrade Canada recently named Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie as the 16th Fair Trade School in the country. Fairtrade Canada is an organization that works with businesses, schools and consumers to make trade fair for farmers and workers. The Fair Trade School program is focused on educating Canada’s youth about the connection between our food supply and the people that grow our food on a daily basis.
The idea to work towards the designation at Innisdale started two years ago with Grade 12 equity and social justice teacher Eleanor Alexander and her students. The project has continued with the current Grade 12 students and the Social Justice Club.
“There are many initiatives that the students have incorporated to ensure fair trade products are represented at Innisdale,” says Tracey Aylesworth, advisor, Social Justice Club. “Initiatives include everything from serving fair trade coffee, hot chocolate and tea in the cafeteria and at banquets, to students wearing banana costumes to promote fair trade at school events.”
Bruce Morton, Fair Trade Barrie, worked closely with the students and mentored them about the importance of incorporating fair trade products into the school. He introduced fair trade Cadbury chocolate bars, which have proven very popular for the school community!
“What a pleasure to be able to congratulate Innisdale Secondary School on becoming a Fair Trade School two days ahead of World Fair Trade Day!” says Mélissa Dubé, Outreach and Marketing Manager, Fairtrade Canada. “The school joins an ever growing movement as Canada’s 16th Fair Trade School but more importantly they are now part of a big international family.”
Congratulations to Innisdale Secondary School and its social justice students and staff!