Faculty Advisors: Dave Downer, Dave Harvey, Aimee Lee, Denise Steadman
The Social Justice Club strives to raise awareness about issues of injustice and inequality and to effect change in the CDS community, the region and the world. Tackling gaps in social justice can be challenging, given considerable misinformation and pushback in social media circles. The Social Justice Club works to offset that and promote true understanding and acceptance so that social justice becomes a norm.
The approximately 40 club members organize fundraisers to support initiatives like the Gord Downie-Chanie Wenjack Fund, the Woodland Cultural Centre and True North Aid. They also support The Small Project, which helps provide education for students in Kenya. Fundraisers and community engagement activities are accompanied by information campaigns that highlight issues through assembly presentations, morning announcements and poster campaigns. Some of those poster campaigns include QR codes that allow viewers to see part of a complete story before locating the next part through clues, almost like a scavenger hunt.
“It is invigorating working with students so full of optimism and energy. We love this community and want CDS to be a catalyst for change.” Dave Downer, Faculty Advisor
“Working with my peers on issues we’re all learning more about, and educating those around us, has been one of the highlights of my high school career.” Tarini Amarasinghe ’22, Student Coordinator