Fall 2013 Community Leadership Projects

Community Leadership Project – Fall 2013 Projects

Gamiing Nature Centre

Sustainable Washroom: Gamiing Nature Centre would like to build a sustainable washroom. Research different designs for sustainable washrooms and choose the best and most feasible design. Provide three potential designs and explain why your chosen design is best. How does the washroom work? How is this design sustainable? Are there any features in one of the other designs that could be successfully implemented into the chosen design? Explain why this feature(s) would improve the overall design of the washroom. What materials are required to build this washroom and the estimated costs of those materials? If Gamiing were to be awarded the grant for this project, how should the grant money be spent? Are there any other funding sources available for projects of this nature that Gamiing could apply for to assist with this project? Advocate on behalf of Gamiing explaining why this project is beneficial for the organization and the community, and why it should be awarded the grant.

Orienteering Educational Program: Help Gamiing design and build an orienteering type educational program that could be offered as a cost to participants. This program could include compasses, GDS’s or both, and would be best if it was able to be permanently set up on the property. Create a program that could be modified to suit different age levels (ie adding tasks and/or making tasks more complex for older participants). Consult Ontario curriculum documents www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/curriculum.html or course descriptions to determine which concepts a program of this nature can help to teach, and the most appropriate grade levels to market the program to. What would be the cost to get this program up and running (ie supplies, marketing)? Does Gamiing have any pre-existing resources that can be combined with the grant money to assist with implementing this program? Advocate on behalf of Gamiing explaining why this project is beneficial for the organization and the community, and why it should be awarded the grant.

Project FeederWatch – Ideas for Increased Accessibility and Participation: Gamiing Nature Centre is involved in a project called Project FeederWatch. Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count birds they see at their feeders from November through early April. FeederWatch data helps scientists monitor broadscale movements of winter bird populations as well as long term trends in distribution and abundance. Project FeederWatch is run by the Cornell lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. Anyone with an interest in birds can participate. Project FeederWatch is conducted by people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. Gamiing would like to expand this project to reach all of the retirement residences in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Make a list of all retirement residences in the City of Kawartha Lakes including their addresses. NOTE: Do not contact these retirement homes, GAMIING will do that in the next phase of the project. Instead, think of potential barriers that could potentially prevent a resident from participating in this project (ie vision and/or hearing issues, mobility issues, difficulties with memory). With this knowledge in mind, look at the  documents and material required to participate in this project and talk with Gamiing staff to learn about the content of the workshops they would conduct for new project participants. What can Gamiing do to improve accessibility (for example – large print data sheets) and therefore participation in this program for residents of retirement homes? Provide examples and explain why your examples will improve Project FeederWatch for participants. Advocate for funding to held Gamiing create any modifications required for this project.

Fenelon Falls Health and Social Infrastructure Project Team

Community Bonds for Community Health: At present the Health and Social Infrastructure Teamis in the process of establishing a not-for-profit co-op to raise sufficient funds to purchase the local medical centre by issuing community bonds.  This effort is intended to stabilize access to care in the community, enhance health care options locally in the public interest, and general income for area residents.  Students will provide assistance with the organization of a campaign to aid in this effort. Research the use of community bonds as a fundraising technique in other communities. With this knowledge, work with the Project Team to create a strategy to promote the community bond campaign. Advocate for funds to assist in the implementation of this campaign. The final presentation will explain what community bonds are, how this campaign should be promoted (including use of the $750.00 grant) and the overall benefit of such grassroots initiatives to a small community. This project is a unique opportunity to learn about leadership in the wider environment (the social, cultural and economic development) of a small community.

Kinark Outdoor Centre

No Child Left Inside (Teachers):  In the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average North American child now spends just four to seven minutes outdoors every day. There is a growing concern on the part of parents, educators, and physicians about the lack of outdoor time. Research indicates that this change in our relationship with the natural environment has had a profound effect on the physical and mental health of our young people. The good news is that the solutions are simple, low cost and close by – in the school playground and the local park. The physical and mental health of children is significantly improved with the simple addition of a few hours spent outdoors and in nature each week. KOC wants to provide experiences, activities, and resources to teachers and parents that foster the connection to nature and the outdoors. The problem/challenge is to convince parents, teachers and children that it IS important to spend time outside. Conduct research into the overall benefits for children who spend more time outside. Using this research, create a program or awareness campaign that tells teachers why students need to be outside more, how they can incorporate the outdoors into different parts of the curriculum and the benefits to student learning that increased outdoor time can provide. This program/awareness campaign should include material explaining the benefits of outdoor activity in a way that will resonate with the intended target of the campaign. Advocate for funds to help Kinark Outdoor Centre reach out to teachers and share the benefits of getting outside.

No Child Left Inside (Parents): In the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average North American child now spends just four to seven minutes outdoors every day. There is a growing concern on the part of parents, educators, and physicians about the lack of outdoor time. Research indicates that this change in our relationship with the natural environment has had a profound effect on the physical and mental health of our young people. The good news is that the solutions are simple, low cost and close by – in the school playground and the local park. The physical and mental health of children is significantly improved with the simple addition of a few hours spent outdoors and in nature each week. KOC wants to provide experiences, activities, and resources to teachers and parents that foster the connection to nature and the outdoors. The problem/challenge is to convince parents, teachers and children that it IS important to spend time outside. Conduct research into the overall benefits for children who spend more time outside. Using this research, create a program or awareness campaign that tells parents why children need to get outside more, and the benefits for increased outdoor activity for their children’s development. This program/awareness campaign should include material explaining the benefits of outdoor activity in a way that will resonate with the intended target of the campaign. Advocate for funds to help Kinark Outdoor Centre reach out to parents and share the benefits of getting outside.

Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes

Online Safety Campus: The premise of the Online Safety Campus is to offer online training courses for individuals in the workplace. Many small businesses cannot afford to shut down operations and send their employees for training. An online training campus would allow employers to purchase training programs for the employees and the employees could complete the training during off hours or at designated times during the work day. Employees would be assigned a username and pass code which would allow them access to the specific course. Choose a small business (examples: an office based business, property maintenance, renovation business). What knowledge would your chosen business’ employees need to know to in order to do their job safely? Create an online training exercise for employees to complete. Advocate for funds to help Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes create and launch the Online Safety Campus, using your online training exercise to illustrate the importance of this project.

What is Your Safety Line: The goal of “What is Your Safety Line” is to provide an interactive online safety awareness tool for people to understand how to prevent injuries while at home, work, school or play. The activities should be related to the Safe Communities priority areas (fall, struck by and against motor vehicles and poisonings).  The goal would be for people to understand how easily accidents happen and what can be done to prevent injuries. Choose one of the Safe Communities priority areas and create an interactive activity that can be used online to teach people how to prevent that type of injury at home, work, school or play. Consider your target audience and create an activity that is appropriate for that group and encourages people to be aware of potential accident causing hazards in their environment. Advocate for funds that will help Safe Communities Kawartha Lakes launch and spread awareness about this project in the community, using your online activity to illustrate the importance of this project.

Lindsay Lions Club

Sharing the Vision: The Lions Club wants to educate the community (citizens, business owners, etc) about ways that they can effectively interact with a person who is blind or visually impaired. Consider your own interactions with others in your daily life and how you conduct yourself with your own level of vision. How would this change if your current vision were to decrease? Research and provide a brief report detailing simple, yet respectful and effective ways to improve interactions in the daily lives of blind and visually impaired individuals. Create a presentation that can be used to share these ideas with the public, explaining how these ideas can be adopted and why they are beneficial. Advocate for funds to help the Lindsay Lions Club share this information with the public.

Access to Dog Guides: The Lindsay Lions Club wants to increase awareness about this program in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Research the 6 categories to determine how each type of dog guide assists the people who use them. As well, research legislation governing dog guides (service dogs) to determine the legal rights for individuals who use them. What are these Bills called and what rights do they provide to people who use dog guides? Create a presentation explaining how the local Lions Club can successfully share this information with the public so that people can learn about and understand the following things: 1) How these dogs help people, 2) How people who may benefit from a dog guide can access one, 3) How people can help support this program and 4) The rights people who use these dogs have under the law. Advocate for funds to help the Lions Club share this information in a clear, concise manner to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Water Research & Innovation Network (WRAIN)

Innovative Solutions to Reduce eColi Levels at Local Beaches: With 250 lakes and rivers, tourists and residents love to spend their summer days at local beaches throughout Kawartha Lakes. Unfortunately, four of these beaches were closed for most of the summer of 2013 due to high eColi levels. At a recent “Water Table” meeting, there was a consensus that the primary root cause of the high eColi levels is a direct result of the geese populations that frequent these four beaches (Coboconk Lions Beach Park, Bobcaygeon Beach Park, Omemee Beach & Fenelon Falls Bond Street Beach). In order to keep these beaches open all summer, WRAIN is asking students to research what other municipalities have done, and/or what products and services are on the market that could reduce eColi levels.  Using this research, create a brief report and presentation detailing what does and doesn’t work in other municipalities, any products or services available that could reduce eColi levels and make recommendations about the best potential solutions, including the costs involved to implement them. Advocate for funds to assist WRAIN in reducing eColi levels at local beaches. How can the $750 grant best be used to help solve this problem?

Santa Claus Stocking Fund

Creating Awareness the Green Way: The Santa Claus Stocking Fund would like spread awareness about the work that they do and increase overall donations to the Fund. They would like to create awareness about their charity in a “green” way, approaching campaign awareness from an environmental perspective (reducing paper usage, etc). Research what other organizations are doing to spread awareness or fundraise in an environmentally friendly manner. What alternatives are being used to the traditional information brochure or insert? What are the most efficient and inexpensive ways of doing this? Why do these ideas work? Are there any drawbacks to these “green” methods of getting the word out? Create a presentation detailing these ideas and advocate for funds to help the Santa Claus Stocking Fund implement the best “green” awareness raising/fundraising ideas.

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes

Community Data and Information Collection: In the past, a major source of data for organizations in the community sector has been the mandatory long form census. This census form has been eliminated and organizations no longer have access to this large sample of data. Organizations are currently using data from 2004 which is rapidly becoming out of date; making identifying needs, demographics and necessary programs in the community very difficult. Organizations need a new way to collect this data at a local level. Is there a new form or some other means that can be used to collect data that is vital for the community sector to provide their services? Create an example of a form that could be used to collect necessary local data. The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes will provide direction about content. Determine the best means to distribute this form locally to ensure an acceptable level of form completion. Explain why this information is vital for the local community sector to do their work. How could a $750 grant best be used help administer this form to a sample population in the City of Kawartha Lakes?

 

 

 

 

 

1302 Total Views 2 Views Today