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WE ARE CURRENTLY REDESIGNING
THE FOCUS CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE

NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE HOSTING EITHER THE STUDENT VIDEO OR CHANGEMAKING COMPETITION IN 2020/2021

MEET OUR

 2019/2020 FOCUS! CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE

WINNERS

AMAZING STUDENTS

Excellence in Animation Film Making

“Ripple Effect”
Created by: Mohamud Ismail & Mohamud Farah
(Calgary Islamic School)

Excellence in Live Action Film Making

Shreds
Created by: Nicholas Milczarczyk
(Resurrection Catholic Secondary School)

Excellence in Documentary / PSA Film Making

The Emergency Brake
Created by: Macy How & Ariyah Reuven
(Powell River Digital Film School)

About the FOCUS! Change Climate Change Student Video Competition

The FOCUS! Student Climate Change Video competition was open to students in grades 7-12 in Canada who were invited to submit a video on any climate change subject. Videos of up to 5 minutes in length made by individuals or small teams (up to 5 members) in any video genre, including music videos, were eligible to be submitted.  The videos were assessed in terms of overall creativity, technical realization, quality and delivery of message, and overall impact and persuasiveness. Over the three years of this competition, more than 300 films involving more than 700 students have been submitted.

In the 2019/2020 competition, prizes were awarded by genre, including Animation, Live Action, and Documentary/PSA.

The award winner/winning team of each category received a prize of $2,500 with an additional $2,000 being awarded to their school.

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OUTSTANDING TEACHERS

Ms. Christine Avey (Westmount Charter School)

WINNER

FOCUS! Teachers Excellence Award for Environmental Education and Communication

Ms. Christine Avey
(Westmount Charter School)

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Ms. Catherine Corkery (St. Anne Catholic Elementary School)

FINALIST

FOCUS! Teachers Excellence Award for Environmental Education and Communication

Ms. Catherine Corkery
(St. Anne Catholic Elementary School)

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Mr. Duncan Sinclair (East Elgin Secondary School)

FINALIST

FOCUS! Teachers Excellence Award for Environmental Education and Communication

Mr. Duncan Sinclair
(East Elgin Secondary School)

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Ms. Ali McTavish (Mulgrave School)

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENT

FOCUS! Teachers Excellence Award for Environmental Education and Communication

Ms. Ali McTavish
(Mulgrave School)

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Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch (Earl Haig Secondary School)

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENT

FOCUS! Teachers Excellence Award for Environmental Education and Communication

Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch
(Earl Haig Secondary School)

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Dr. Terri Willard (Seven Oaks Met School)

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENT

FOCUS! Teachers Excellence Award for Environmental Education and Communication

Dr. Terri Willard
(Seven Oaks Met School)

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About the FOCUS! Teachers Excellence in Environmental Education & Communication Awards

The FOCUS! Teachers Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication Leadership award recognizes teachers who have demonstrated  excellence, innovation and leadership in any of the following areas:

  • reforming curriculum to encourage environment, climate justice and/or sustainable living learning;
  • implementing climate change action projects that help shape students’ understanding about climate change and their potential roles in mitigating its effects; and/or,
  • creating, sharing and demonstrating up-take of their innovative approaches to environmental, climate justice and.or sustainable teaching within and/or beyond their profession.

The winner of the FOCUS! Teachers Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication award received $5,000 with an additional $2,000 awarded to their school.  Two additional “Finalist” prizes were awarded and provided $2,000 to the teacher and $1,000 to their school.

LEADING SCHOOLS

St. George's School of Montreal

WINNER

FOCUS! Schools Take Action to Change Climate Change

St. George’s School of Montreal
(Principal: Ms. Nathalie Bossé)

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Career & Technology Centre

WINNER

FOCUS! Schools Take Action to Change Climate Change

Career and Technology Centre
(Program Lead: Mr. Adam Robb)

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About the FOCUS! Schools Take Action to Change Climate Change Leadership Award

The FOCUS! Schools Take Action to Change Climate Change award recognizes the central role that schools play in modelling and inspiring positive environmental action. Awards of $10,000 were granted to two schools that demonstrated excellence in environmental and climate change leadership in at least one or more of the following areas:

  • significant reduction of the school’s carbon footprint, resource use, and/or waste output;
  • development of innovative programs or initiatives that encourage climate change reduction activities by members of the school and/or local community;
  • creation of innovative tools, approaches or programs that lead to significant environmental and leadership skills development by students that will uniquely equip them to become future climate change leaders;
  • installation or performance of unique creative works that raise awareness, inspire action and which demonstrate the role creative works have in creating a sustainability-focused culture;
  • implementation of programs, initiatives or a school culture that instills a high level of environmental sustainability and climate change consciousness among its student, educator, staff and broader community; and,
  • implementation of an ongoing program of unique professional advancement activities in environmental education and climate change topics for its teaching staff with a demonstrated record of excellence in supporting innovation, risk taking, and experimentation by teachers seeking to enhance climate change awareness through their teaching and curricula.

DID YOU KNOW?

Water Consumed Globally

(Measured in Millions of litres)

This Year

Energy Used Globally

(Measured in MWh)

This Year

Renewables

Non-Renewables

CO2 Emissions Globally

(Measured in Tons)

This Year

Data provided by Worldometers. Visit their website to learn about these and other indicators.

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