LONDON, ON, April 21, 2017 /CNW/ – Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), of which 3M Canada is a Platinum Sponsor, celebrated 25 years of working “to promote, through education, the knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices essential to a sustainable future” at a Gala Dinner in Toronto on April 20, where Ontario Minister of Education the Honourable Mitzie Hunter and 3M Canada President Mojdeh Poul were keynote speakers. The dinner also paid tribute to the memory of LSF’s long-time Board Chair Dr. David V.J. Bell, who died earlier this year from pancreatic cancer, with all proceeds from the evening going towards continuing Dr. Bell’s legacy of empowering children to save the world.
In keeping with that legacy and LSF’s mission, the Gala Dinner focused on the need to foster learning experiences for teachers and students that address the complexity of climate change and which adopt a forward-thinking, action focused approach. LSF supports a more comprehensive educational approach to inform and prepare students to take on the challenge of creating a low-carbon future.
E. L. Crossley Secondary School in Fonthill, Ontario was recognized at the dinner as the 2016 winner of the LSF-RBC Our Canada Project Award, which acknowledges students who envision a more sustainable Canada and undertake action plans to make a difference in their schools and communities. The school received first prize for its week-long VegFest in advance of Earth Day 2016 that raised awareness of the positive impact on the planet of adopting a plant-based diet. St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School in Milton, Ontario was also honoured as the winner of the 2016 Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability after the school researched environmental issues and produced a song to raise money to incorporate an outdoor classroom where students will be able to learn in an environment that cuts down on energy use and where they can practise their stewardship of the Earth.
“3M Canada is proud to support students and teachers through our sponsorship of LSF,” said Mojdeh Poul. “Today’s young people are the custodians of our planet, and it’s essential they have all the skills they need to solve the problems confronting our world and build a truly sustainable future.”
Poul noted that sustainability is one of 3M’s core values that influences everything the company does, including its 3Mgives program which helps build sustainable communities through innovative giving to education, communities and the environment.
About Learning for a Sustainable Future
Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) is a registered Canadian charity that has worked for 25 years with business, governments, school boards, universities, educators, youth and communities across Canada to advance education policies and practices and to create engaged, responsible citizens for the 21st Century. For information, visit www.LSF-LST.ca.
SOURCE 3M Canada Company