SLAM Grad Feature

The Sustainable Living Academy Manitoba (SLAM) has graduated its first cohort of youth leaders from the 2-year program. Check out what some of our SLAM GRADS are up to now, and the great work they continue to make towards Sustainable Living!

Christina is currently in her first year of Engineering at the University of Manitoba as the recipient of the Tallman Foundation Scholarship. She is currently a member of the University of Manitoba Efficient and Renewable Technology Hub (UMEARTH) in partnership with Sustainability Office, working to bring a renewable energy supply to campus in case a power outage occurs, and they are set to implement campus wide composting this fall. During her time in SLAM, she was selected as one of a few students from across Manitoba awarded the opportunity to attend the IISD-ELA Experimental Lakes, a two-week Student Summer Field Course, to work alongside leading environmental scientists. In addition, she was also part of the group of students who were awarded a Tree Canada Canada150 grant, to green the school campus at West Kildonan Collegiate. Christina is a published author featured in our school newsletter as well as the ImaginED blog run by Dr. Gillian Judson from Simon Fraser University (http://www.educationthatinspires.ca/2017/11/10/slam-the-story-of-the-ancient-squash-seeds/). Over the summer months, Christina completed an Internship by caring for our community garden, where she revived 800-year-old Gete Okosomin squash, and a wide variety of vegetables and Indigenous plants such as Sage and Tobacco.

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Figure 1: Kadiatu and Christina in the Circle Garden at WKC (2017).
Victor is now at the University of Winnipeg studying Human Rights. He was recently a speaker at the Green Space Conference hosted at the U of W to
discuss his contributions to Climate Action and #banthebagwpg;
a public campaign he started with friends to ban single use plastic bags in
Winnipeg. Victor has completed an Internship over the last two years
at the Reading Power Program to help recent newcomer children in building
their reading and language skills. Victor was selected as one of ten students from across Canada to be flown to Ottawa as a student writer, to compile student research on Climate Change into a written report that was presented to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna (http://climateaction150.ca). Victor’s community contributions and hard work were recognized when he was the first ever recipient of the Gen We Award at WE DAY Winnipeg 2017.

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Figure 2. Victor at the WKC Open House (2017).

Want to join SLAM?

SLAM is offered in second semester in Period D and E, check out our brochure (below) to learn more or come talk to Ms. Eckton. To add SLAM to your schedule, drop by student services. We’d love to have you!

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