Stonewall Collegiate Designated Manitoba’s First and Canada’s Second Fair Trade School!

Stonewall, Manitoba. Thanks to the hard work and commitment by both students and staff, Stonewall Collegiate has earned the recognition of becoming Manitoba’s First Fair Trade Designated School.

“Stonewall and the surrounding area are made up of rural communities with small-town values,” states Cathy Chalmers, a teacher at Stonewall Collegiate.  “Fair trade fits in with people’s views about supporting businesses (locally and globally) in a way that is sustainable and ethical.”

The Business students at Stonewall have been the driving force behind the designation.  Chase Wilson, a Grade 12 student, summed up the experience:  “Our class is made up of people who would not necessarily get involved in social justice issues, but over the last four years we have developed a passion for fair trade that has brought us together.”  Another Grade 12 student, Sherry LaCoste adds: “Being part of the Fairtrade movement has helped me understand the struggles people in developing countries have.  It is important for everyone to become educated if we really want to make a change.”

As a Business teacher, Chalmers maintains: “It’s important to discuss why our current system of trade is not ethical or sustainable.  In our school we have always approached fair trade as a consumer choice.  Once people are educated about the realities and benefits of a fairer system of trade they will do what they can to support it.” 

Jason Cassils, Vice-Principal at Stonewall Collegiate, adds: “SCI is proud to be recognized as the first Fair Trade Designated School in Manitoba.  Our students are leaders in making peers, staff, parents and community members aware of fair trade products and issues.”  

Partner Reactions

It's been exciting for Fair Trade Manitoba to accompany Cathy and her students at Stonewall Collegiate on the path to Fair Trade School designation!  She has shown great commitment in getting students, staff and her community involved in working toward ethical procurement and consumerism and social justice.  -  Zack Gross, Fair Trade Manitoba.

“The fair trade movement is strong and growing in Manitoba and the designation of Stonewall Collegiate as the province’s first Fair Trade Designated School is a testament to that.  Stonewall’s commitment to fair trade has been inspirational, action that I’m sure is being noticed both across the province and the country.”  -  Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network.

 “Every day I am inspired by the work that passionate students, teachers and school administrators do to become Fair Trade designated. Stonewall Collegiate is a great example of continued engagement towards the fair trade movement and we look forward to them being a leader in encouraging and demanding ethically sourced products.”  -  Mélissa Dubé, Outreach Coordinator, Fairtrade Canada.

Contact information:

Cathy Chalmers, Stonewall Collegiate
Zack Gross, Fair Trade Manitoba | 1.204.801.5164
Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network | 604.785.0084
Mélissa Dubé, Outreach Coordinator, Fairtrade Canada | 613.563.3351
Éric St-Pierre, Co-President, Association québécoise du commerce équitable | 514.249.2717