Timberline high school hosts its first Environmental Stewardship Day

This Thursday, Timberline will host its first Environmental Stewardship Day.

This Thursday, Timberline will host its first Environmental Stewardship Day.

According to Kevin Harrison, principal of Timberline, the purpose of the day is to raise awareness around environmental issues and connect student and staff to the school’s stewardship initiative to “build a healthier environment, a stronger community and a better world.”

The day starts with hot chocolate, coffee and goodies donated by Tim Horton’s in the cafeteria foyer.  At 9 a.m. everyone will gather in the gym.  This will be followed by keynote speaker Zach Whyte. At 9:30 a.m. there will be several draws for prizes and then everyone will be off to their first presentation of the day.

Clay Carlson, one of the chief organizers of the event says, “I have been amazed at the generosity of the community in stepping forward to bring their environmental expertise into our school.  Many of these people have taken time off work and have travelled from afar just so they can present their message to our students, staff and community.”

Carlson says that about 25 guests will be doing presentations at the school on Thursday. A highlight on Thursday morning will be a presentation in the theatre by Campbell River’s own Damien Gillis.  Gillis is a B.C. documentary film maker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues related to water, energy and saving Canada’s wild salmon stocks.

At 11:30 a.m., students, staff and community members will be treated to a barbeque in the courtyard and cafeteria sponsored by Save-On Foods.  There will entertainment and more draws during this time.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., students and staff can choose from several outdoor activities that include beach study and clean up, estuary canoeing, forest clean up, building an edible schoolyard and more.  There will also be an environmental film festival that will include David Suzuki’s new film Force of Nature.

The day will end with everyone meeting in the gym at 2:15 to tour the Eco Fair (open all day to the public) and take part in the major draws that include a commuter bike from Pedal Your World.

So drop by Timberline’s Environmental Stewardship Day to find out more about environmentally friendly products at the Eco Fair that runs all day in the gym.  The public can also view Force Of Nature at 7 p.m. in the Timberline Theatre.  Tickets are $5 at the door with all proceeds going to eco-friendly projects.

Call 250-923-9500 for information.