Four Ontario High Schools Win Lakehead University's Do Something Contest

    THUNDER BAY, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Lakehead University is pleased to announce
the winners of the Lakehead University "Do Something" contest. Schools were
asked to submit a project demonstrating engagement in issues concerning
climate change, the environment, and social, economic, and political issues.
Each of the winning submissions exhibited creativity, originality, continuity,
and engagement.
    In Cambridge, Ontario, students at Galt Collegiate Institute focused on
social issues, following the mandate to "Give what you can but be sure that
you give with passion." Galt Collegiate has been actively involved in creating
positive change for years, with efforts including the adoption of a polar
bear, a child sponsored from the Dominican Republic, and fundraising for
HIV/AIDS research.
    Elliot Lake Secondary School has done something for the environment by
implementing a variety of energy efficiency initiatives, including the
installation of solar panels, a wind turbine, and solar thermal collectors to
heat water. Students planted more than 50,000 trees on de-commissioned mine
tailing areas. Computer controlled high-efficiency boilers have been installed
in the school, as well as high-efficiency lights, and all the windows in the
school have been replaced.
    West Hill Secondary School, located in Owen Sound, Ontario underwent a
major renovation to maximize efficiency, including new boilers and the
replacement of heating and air ducts. Over 250 West Hill students participated
in their annual "Operation Green Sweep," a project designed to keep garbage
and debris off the escarpment trail bordering the City of Owen Sound.
    Finally, Barrie North Collegiate students tackled issues of climate
change, pollution, war, and poverty. Student clubs organized clothing drives,
used book fairs, and garbage free lunch days. Students also raised funds for
local charities and international organizations, such as UNICEF.
    Elliot Lake Secondary School and Galt Collegiate Institute will receive a
full prize complement of campaign t-shirts and a library of books including An
Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore), How to Change the World (David Bornstein), and
The Weather Makers (Tim Flannery), among many others. West Hill Secondary
School and Barrie North Collegiate will split the t-shirts and books between

    About Lakehead

    Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative
programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay,
Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,500 students and
2,000 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern
Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead
University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate
category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

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