June 13, 2016 | L’Assomption, Quebec. Celebrations were held, a certificate was awarded, recognizing the school’s efforts to promote fair trade. The school has had a World Shop since 2009, with the support of Oxfam-Québec. Over the years, more than 250 students have been involved in this project. The store is run by the students throughout the year. The students also take the shop on the road, as they participate in the Christmas Market, which lasts a month. The aim is to educate students and faculty about fair trade.
“The world shop is a place to sell products, but also create awareness of fair trade and the building of a better world. It is a wonderful student initiative, that many students get involved with it and learn from it. It is indeed the case for me, I had the chance to make a difference in the world, in my province, in my city, and in my college”. Raphael Méthot, human resources manager at CA World shop and leader of the Fair Trade School project.
Each year, students participate in the World March of Oxfam-Québec. In 2015 they were at the 3rd National Fair Trade Conference in Montreal, and in 2016 they attended the 4th National Fair Trade Conference, in Winnipeg. Some students even had the chance to go to CBC Manitoba to discuss the World shops and the importance of fair trade.
“Seeing the many initiatives in support of fair trade, through things like the conference, has provided the push needed for our students to go ahead and complete the application. We are proud of the students, for their student engagement and willingness to make a difference in the world. “Annie Moreau, Director of Educational Services.
“For 7 years, College de l’Assomption students have been active with their World shop and other dynamic outreach events on fair trade. Their efforts are not only essential at their school, but also their community at large. Congratulations to all students and stakeholders at the heart of this approach” Éric St-Pierre, Association Québécoise du Commerce Équitable.
“The students of College de l’Assomption have been engaged in education, promotion and sales of fair trade products via the World shop. Each year, they work to reinforce their efforts in their schools and communities. The Fair Trade School designation is further proof of their commitment and solidarity to build and live in a just world without poverty. The entire team of Oxfam-Québec joins me in congratulating them for this great achievement! “Jennifer Robillard, mobilization Officer – Events and Magasin du Monde, Oxfam-Québec.
“I am pleased to congratulate College de l’Assomption in becoming Canada’s 8th Fair Trade School. The leadership that has been demonstrated is inspiring “Sean McHugh, Executive Director, Canadian Fair Trade Network.
“On behalf of Fairtrade Canada and international Fairtrade system, I thank College de l’Assomption for their commitment to the Fair Trade School program. The Fairtrade system works to end the cycle of poverty that occurs when farmers and workers are put in a vulnerable position; supporting producers and their communities is both significant and important “Mélissa Dubé, Manager of Community Relations, Fairtrade Canada.