Windermere Secondary Orchard Renewal






Project Title

Windermere Secondary School- Orchard Activation

Project Description

Windermere’s Orchard has struggled with having food taken away, garbage, and lack of community presence. The goal of this project would be to find ways to better engage our community with the orchard space; to make the space visible as a community space. Ideas such as art projects/installations, signage, and community events are just some of the opportunities available through this place making project. You will also be working with our leadership 10 class to assist in the research and implementation.

Project Goal

The intended outcomes are:

  • an orchard space that is better known to the community
  • signage/art installations/structures that encourage people to enter the space
  • a community event


  • Showcasing the garden as a learning space that is accessible to all
  • Greater environmental stewardship

Skills Preferred + To Be Developed

  • Facilitation skills
  • Capacity to work with the community to find meaningful ways to better activate space
  • Interest in doing hands-on work with high school aged youth

Preferred Days of Week and Hours


Project Location

Windermere Secondary School 3155 East 27th Ave

Accessible by bus; about a 15 minute walk from 29th Skytrain Station

Project / partner orientation

Related Community Service Opportunities for Students

Neighbourhood volunteering opportunities with the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute


  • A cleared Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required for working with vulnerable adults and children (this is a specific CRC).

Organization Information


Windermere Leadership Program

Mission + Vision

The leadership program at Windermere Secondary School is a five-year program designed to provide challenges and opportunities to students in the classroom, the community, and in our natural environment. Students that attend our program are part of a community network that prioritizes social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. Throughout the program, students fully participate in a variety of school, community, and outdoor activities that provide them with a diverse range of experiences. It is through these experiences that students learn to be active citizens. Our inclusive approach and ability to engage the community have made our classroom a dynamic place for learning while providing opportunities for students to get involved in many vital issues.

Guiding Principles + Values:

  • Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom, but is a dynamic and lived experience involving our identities and the communities around us.

Primary Contact

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I hope students will learn about…

  • how to create multidimensional spaces

I think students will come to appreciate…

  • the complexity of a food system and how there are many ways to expand and grow relationships

Students will develop a…

  • a stronger skill-set regarding community engagement

Organizational Outcomes

  • A better sense as to how to collaborate between student and university learning
  • Showcase to students how sustainability comes in many forms
  • Meaningful experiences that high school students will remember and the opportunity to connect with and be mentored by students from a university.