Petition to keep Outdoor Leadership!
  • Petitioned Keep the Outdoor Leadership Program in Squamish British Columbia

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Keep the Outdoor Leadership Program in Squamish British Columbia

Petition to keep Outdoor Leadership!

    1. Ali MacKellar
    2. Petition by

      Ali MacKellar

      Powell River District, Canada

  Ask those who have taken Outdoor Leadership, it changes lives.  You make friends, you may not have made otherwise.  You learn skills, you would not have learnt otherwise. You have memories, that last a life time.
  Currently, they are attempting to offer Outdoor Leadership at Howe Sound in Gr. 11- which is a tough year! We want to encourage the program to stay alive anyway we can, in the most beneficial way for students.  This petition is needed to start a conversation in our community about the best way to go about continuing Outdoor Leadership.  The conversation needs to be between the faculty and administration, the students, and the parents in order to make clear progress.  Let's get it started, and be supportive..

  Just a few reasons...

"It was one of the best experiences that I have ever had as a student. I know some of my younger friends are eager to take it, and this opportunity should be one to carry on through many years!" Maegan Bruce, took Outdoor Leadership 2011

"Because this course was the most beneficial part of my highschool education." - Samantha Butts, took Outdoor Leadership 2009.

"O.L. is an amazing program. I got to do so many amazing things, have fun with so many fantastic people, and learn things that I apply regularly to my day-to-day life as a university student. Please do NOT cut OL." Tara Dudley, took Outdoor Leadership 2008

"Outdoor Leadership is... THE BEST EXPERIENCE A YOUNG PERSON IN HIGHSCHOOL CAN HAVE!! 
It has ultimately shaped who I am as a person, given me so many skills and the confidence to feel adept in the outdoors and in my abilities." Nina Harvey, took Outdoor Leadership 2007

"It has been six years and I still exercise some of the traits learned through this course. (I can’t say the same about history class...) This truly was a memorable experience and I’d hate to see it denied to future students." - Nate Roberge, took Outdoor Leadership 2006

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 200 signatures
    2. Mrs. Perkins is in full support of this petition and Outdoor Leadership

      Ali MacKellar
      Petition Organizer

      Had a meeting this morning with Mrs. Perkins to discuss the future of Outdoor Leadership. She is in full support, and has a great desire to keep it. The next step is getting enough students to sign up for the program in order to make it run. In the next two weeks there will be meetings held, one at school during lunch time- we need students to show up. Another will be held in the evening, parents, and other community members are very welcome to show up! I'll do a presentation about Outdoor Leadership- we just need to show that we support it, we can sell it, we can get enough students in it, and then we will have a successful and amazing program for the youth of Squamish.

    3. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Stephane Perron BRACKENDALE, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I have heard so many good comments over the years about Squamish's outdoor leadership program. And its a program that fits so well with the outdoor character of our community. I support keeping the program going! I hope my kids can participate once they are old enough.

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    • Marie-France Dubois BRACKENDALE, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I want my kids to be able to participate in this program. Why is the education being eroded all the time? Outdoor leadership can provide such a valuable experience for our youth.

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    • Sabine Schreiber GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is one of the best programs out there, and I would like to see it continued. This program set the foundation for a healthy attitude, teamwork, decision making, survival skills and how they evolve because of it throughout life with a high level of self-esteem and confidence. I believe all children need t benefit from it – just like my daughter.

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    • Megan Myles SQUAMISH, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I participate in two outdoor leadership programs in high school and I learned so much. It is an incredible experience that every student should have!

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    • Michele Desjardins ROSSLAND, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am so glad that some of you are speaking out! OL programs like this one give young people real life changing experiences. It helps them establish strong values and work ethic. Research had shown that the results are positive and long-lasting. Unfortunately, because they require so much organizing and special scheduling, they are a headache for school administrators. People in power need to hear your voices. Speak out. Write letters. Your testimonies are more powerful than you think!

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