Canada's First Fair Trade Designated School

BOUCHERVILLE, QC, April 7, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - École secondaire De Mortagne in Boucherville, Quebec leads the way nationally by becoming Canada's first Fair Trade School. Fairtrade Canada's newly launched Fair Trade School Program recognizes schools demonstrating strong commitment to fair trade. It is now a sustainable leader supporting the work and lives of more than 1.5 million farmers and workers across 74 countries.

"We are very excited to have launched Fair Trade Schools as part of our Fair Trade Programs in Canada. Engaging young minds complements our mission of providing the best opportunity for real change in the lives of farmers, families and their communities." says Tom Smith, Executive Director, Fairtrade Canada. "Volunteering in the Fair Trade movement is a great opportunity for individual self-fulfillment. It's a privilege to have played a role in gaining this designation." says Catherine Levasseur, grade 10 student.

The Fair Trade School Program recognizes schools demonstrating strong commitment to fair trade. The requirements to become a Fair Trade School designated are: to have a steering committee in place; to demonstrate fair trade incorporated into classroom learning; to ensure at least 2 Fairtrade certified products; and, to support ongoing communication and engagement to increase the awareness of fair trade and Fairtrade certified products.

About Fairtrade Canada

Fairtrade Canada is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade.

 

SOURCE FairTrade Canada, Fair Trade Canada

For further information: or an interview, contact Mélissa Dubé, Fairtrade Canada Outreach Coordinator at 613-563-3351 ext. 250. www.fairtrade.ca

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