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Blog: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Mouat Leadership Students Travel East for CSLC

From September 23rd until October 1st, six WJ Mouat grade 12 leadership students, accompanied by two teachers (Ms. Fraser and Ms. Bowater), had the amazing opportunity to join nearly 1,200 other students and 350 teachers from all over Canada at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) in Toronto and Waterloo. Attendees were challenged and inspired by keynotes such as Mike Smith, founder of Skate for Change, and Dr. Samantha Nutt, founder of War Child Canada. Attendees also took in TEDx Talks and classes at the University of Waterloo and Laurier University. Students wrapped up the conference by working to provide over 42,000 meals for the Food Bank of Waterloo region.

Riley McKee said her conference highlight was being able to listen to amazing speakers that support young people and make them feel empowered.

Jacob Kooy noted, "The Pre-Conference was an amazing opportunity to experience exciting things around Toronto, such as Canada's Wonderland and a Blue Jays' game while growing closer with my fellow Mouat students that attended and meeting other incredible leaders from across the country."

He went on to add that, "CSLC 2017 was a week full of inspirational speakers, educational workshops, and self-growth. I learned an abundance of skills relating to leadership, and took away lots of ideas that I will be able to apply at Mouat to improve our school environment."

Taylor Dyck commented, "The ability to connect and experience some of the most renowned and inspirational speakers within the leadership community, with hundreds of like-minded students from around the country, is unlike anything I've yet to experience. I am so excited to introduce some of the many things I learned into our school's culture and my own life." 

Student Leadership teacher Karen Bowater said she's extremely proud of the six students who attended CSLC and she looks forward to seeing how they use the tools and inspiration they picked up at the conference to impact their school and community.

Mouat supports a student leadership program of around 200 students.  The program, supported by amazing teachers, helps cultivate young leaders and is in large part responsible for the caring and inclusive culture that exists at Mouat.

JAY PANKRATZ
Principal, WJ Mouat Secondary