On February 26th Bishop Grandin High School hosted the 2nd Annual Social Justice Summit gathering over 300 students from across the 13 high schools in the CCSD.
The CCEF was on hand with a marketplace table where students interacted with our oversized photo frame and learned about the foundation’s works across the district.
Joining us as our special guest was his Excellency Bishop Henry to help present the Bishop Henry Social Justice Grant. This award was established in 2017 by The CCEF to honour Bishop Henry on his retirement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary. All CCSD schools are eligible to apply for the yearly grant under the social justice grants program and one school is chosen to receive the Bishop Henry grant by the independent granting committee. This year the award was shared by two schools: Bishop Grandin High School for hosting the Social Justice Summit and Blessed Cardinal Newman for its First Nation, Metis and Inuit project.
As part of the summit, high schools were invited to participate in a social justice challenge that would see the grand prize of $1000 being awarded to fund their project. The winner was Father Lacombe High School. Bishop Henry and our executive director, Janet Lymer, were on hand to present the cheque.
Father Lacombe High School was the recipient of the Social Justice Summit $1,000 Challenge Award. The project presented is: “to improve the mental wellness and overall sense of community through the creation of multiple coffee houses where students get the chance to show off their talents, meet others, play games and have an overall safe space. As well, multiple movie nights will be held throughout the year.” The Social Justice group at Father Lacombe will also create guidelines for future social justice clubs to ensure sustainability.