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Our Faith: Social Justice

From our Chaplaincy Leader, Mrs. Camillone:

Social Justice:

Our team of students is called the SoJo's. It's geared mostly to high school students - although many of the initiatives are open to intermediate students as well. The group meets once a week. All teachers interested in supporting the SoJo Group meet once a month. There we chat about upcoming initiatives and how teachers can support the students. Also, at that time, teachers can share ideas and feedback. The student focus is to become more vocal and visible in an effort to educate others. We have been particularly focused on the Eco-Schools Initiative recently due to the great amount of work needed to initiate change within our school community.

What do we do at meetings?

During meetings we: 1) Work on Initiatives (planning and prepping – poster campaign) 2) Raise Awareness by watching different educational videos and exploring the issues at hand. 3) Update our bulletin board 4) Write letters of support/petition

Some SoJo Initiatives from the past:

  • Eco-Schools Initiative
  • International Day of Peace. We had special announcements and teachers took part in specific activities (e.g. "Pinwheels for Peace").
  • School Supplies Drive. We collected paper, binders, pencils, pens and other school material. These items will be sent to the Philippines – in particular – to the school which our former chaplain Father Al’s parents operate. Many children at this school are unable to afford school supplies. Our donations will therefore be much appreciated. Students and staff can drop off their donations in the collection box located on the SoJo table in the first floor hallway.
  • Letter Writing to Children in Afghanistan. The SoJo Group is supportted a young man named Joshua Zuidema’s great initiative. Joshua is a student here at St. Mike’s. With money he saved, he has purchased five hundred soccer balls for children in Afghanistan. His plan was to send over the soccer balls with Canadian troops. In order to make the experience a more personal one, Joshua would also like to send letters to the recipients of these soccer balls. Students in all Intermediate and High School Religion classes have written (or are in the process of writing) letters. In the letter, students are asked to introduce themselves, make reference to their favourite sport or activity and extend best wishes to these children. They may also talk about other events/sports which are typically Canadian.
  • Hospitality Lunch (year round two students a week volunteer their lunch time to prepare and serve lunch at Leslie Hall on Friday to anyone who drops by for a bite. This is an ecumenical activity - and so each Friday, it is run by different organizations/parishes. One week it's Holy Cross, another week it's the Salvation Army, etc. They are always very appreciated and they really do work hard at setting up and serving.)
  • Team Tomorrow – Recycling
  • Remembrance Day Celebration
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Winter Clothing Drive
  • Presentation from Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) (watched a video titled "Nalogu - A Sustainable Livelihood". This was a Canadian Hunger Foundation DVD about a small village in Northern Ghana named Nalogu. It taught us how families from Nalogu work with Canadian Hunger Foundation and their local partners to improve their livelihoods and to end their cycle of poverty. It was very informative.)
  • Support Cuernavaca Mission
  • 24-Hour Fast
  • “Save A Child” Presentation – guest speaker and initiative.
  • March for Life
  • Walk against Violence 
  • Earth Week

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