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Tuesday, September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, a
day intended to commemorate the harmful legacy of Indian Residential Schools in
Indian Residential Schools, which separated children from
their families and culture, had a devastating effect on Canada’s aboriginal
children. Many children in the system were victims of abuse, and the memories
survivors share are often horrific. You can learn more about this aspect of
Canadian history and recent attempts at reconciliation here: http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/government-policy/the-residential-school-system.html
For more information on Orange Shirt Day,
including the story of the original orange shirt, please visit http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/pdf/14-15/orangeshirtday_14.pdf
In the fall of 2013, Ruth Geurts, Social Services Worker Faculty, Lambton College and a lifelong social justice advocate delivered a General Education course that focused on international community development and capacity building.
The coursework challenged students to reach beyond their comfort zones and experiences. Throughout the semester, students learned about international development and the foundational messages of working with those outside of North America.
In February 2014, Geurts and her co-faculty member Joe Cannon travelled to Haiti with a group of students to practice their learning and immerse themselves in Haitian culture. Following their international field study, the students will provide feedback to the college community about their learning experience.
Geurts' hard work and dedication in turning this course into an international learning experience is a great example of Lambton College faculty going an extra mile to create an all-encompassing community lesson and giving students a social base that they can take with them after graduation.
Lambton College welcomed Clara Hughes on March 18, 2014 as one of her first stops on the Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk campaign. The six-time Canadian cycling and speed-skating Olympic medalist began her cross-country cycling tour to raise awareness about mental health and to end the stigma associated with mental illness.
Students on-campus supported Clara’s Big Ride by hosting an indoor bike relay in the cafeteria. Student rode "along-side" Clara in the cafeteria on stationary bikes while they awaited her arrival on March 18.
Photo courtesy Karah Schultz
Lambton College students organized the 8th Annual Blues Day on March 12, 2014. This event brought awareness to specific mental health issues such as, clinical depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. These issues were presented through the eyes of a student in an effort to encourage other students to put themselves in the shoes of others who struggle with mental illness.
The Social Service Worker students organized five successful fundraising and awareness events to bring attention to and to raise money for the services funded by The Salvation Army. Through bake sales, basket raffles, an Ugly Christmas Sweater pub night, a Chili dinner and an awareness campaign called Left Out in the Cold, where students slept outside in the middle of December, these students raised almost $5,000 and over three vehicles full of food, toys and clothing donations.
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