Futures program leads the way at White Oaks

Over the next two weeks leading up to the final deadline for award nominations, we will be profiling various Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence recipients from years past. Here is the first of the series.


2009 Education Award Co-recipient

The Education category is annually one of the more competitive awards categories at the Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence. In 2009, the awards committee chose to recognize three groups – St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School (Oakville), Club Green from Christ the King Catholic Secondary School (Georgetown) and the Futures Program from White Oaks Secondary School (Oakville).

The Futures Program at White Oaks is a unique program for high school students with developmental, intellectual and physical exceptionalities, that encourages academics, life skills development and community participation.

In 2007, Futures Program students and staff were quick to take up the challenge of managing the waste generated at White Oaks’ north campus. The Futures Program students developed a comprehensive school recycling program ‘iRecycle’. They became the leaders of the school’s recycling program: making weekly PA announcements and assisting with collecting classroom recycling.

Since 2008 the Futures students have participated in the Halton Children’s Water Festival as Water and Waste Champions helping attendees in Grades 2 to 5, to safely use the drinking water dispensers and properly sort their waste into Blue Box, GreenCart and garbage.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Futures Program students began an education outreach program in 2010 to other White Oaks programs and classes about using tap water as opposed to bottled water. They delivered presentations in classrooms, talking about why tap water is best. The students and staff of the Futures Program of White Oaks Secondary School, guided by Teacher Christina Annis are helping to make their school, and the environment, better for everyone.

Every year, Conservation Halton recognizes people and organizations who have made significant contributions to conservation in the Halton watershed. Nominees have included such groups as teacher associations and federations, scout and guide organizations, naturalist clubs, corporations, government agencies and private landowners. Click here for more information on other previous Awards of Excellence winners.

Anyone in the community can submit a nomination in the following award categories – Citizen, Community, Corporate, Education and Stewardship. Nominations must be submitted by midnight on Monday, April 30, 2012, click here for more information on the awards and to submit a nomination.


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