Before students returned to campus this week, their teachers took some time to learn themselves, devoting a day to professional development. Global responsibility was the focus and faculty were able to choose from different workshops taught by their colleagues, alumni, guests and even students.
Among the visitors were Dr. Bridey Stirling, HIV/AIDS epidemiologist; Linda Ly, World Vision representative; Stacey Toews, a fair-trade supporter; and alumnus Dariusz Dziewanski ‘97, Policy and Research Analyst for the Government of Canada. Grade 12 students Robyn Hope and Kristijan Gjorgjevik, who presided over this year’s Student Commonwealth Conference, joined faculty member Tony Goodman to lead their teachers in an interactive simulation of a UN Security Council meeting.
Other staff presentations focused on international issues such as universal primary education, the importance of women and children in developing nations and the growing sociological, political and cultural complexities of our world. Mr. Craig Farish, who is currently working on a master’s degree in environment and communications, used the professional development time to work with a few of his colleagues on sustainability.
“If you know, but don’t do, then you don’t really know,” says Mr. Farish of the relationship between understanding our changing environment and taking action. To demonstrate how different individuals play a role in the future of the environment, Mr. Farish debuted a game he is designing for students, in which players take on the life of different individuals and must decide how to make their lives more sustainable.