Some Mississauga high school students in the lakeshore area are looking to Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) for extracurricular opportunities and skill development. CVC is working with local students to build a youth-led shoreline environmental awareness campaign.
To kick off the campaign, CVC is hosting an environmental youth leadership seminar in the spring (date to be determined). Students will learn ways to engage their communities and promote the environmental significance of the Lake Ontario shoreline. The campaign allows students to choose their preferred way to generate awareness. CVC provides them with tools and support to reach out to their communities and peers.
“We’re looking for the next generation of environmental champions,” said Kate Hayes, Project Leader, Restoration and Stewardship. “We want local youth to get involved and truly make this campaign their own. Students can generate awareness in ways that are meaningful to them, be it art, sport, media, technology or anything else they’re passionate about.”
CVC has been engaging communities along the Mississauga shoreline as part of its Lake Ontario Integrated Shoreline Strategy (LOISS). The conservation authority is trying to raise awareness for shoreline-specific environmental concerns and find opportunities for environmental restoration in the area. Major environmental issues facing the shoreline are the spread of invasive plants and animals, reduced water quality, changes in water quantity due to climate change and the loss of large areas of wildlife habitat.
“We noticed a lot of interest from local students in what we’re doing along the shoreline,” said Hayes. “We decided to open it up to them so they can lead the discussion in their communities.”
CVC is seeking interested students in Mississauga’s shoreline area to help lead the campaign. Students are asked to contact Katie Mendonca, CVC Student Volunteer, on or before February 28 at 905-670-1615 ext. 216 or [email protected].
“This is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable extracurricular experience,” said Mendonca. “It’s really rewarding to know that the work we do will have a positive impact on our community. It also looks great on a resume or university application.”
Photo: Local high school students volunteering with CVC, planting a community garden.
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.
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Credit Valley Conservation
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Project Leader – Restoration and Stewardship
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext 428