Current pROJECTS

Learn more about the work the program is doing RIGHT NOW!

Learn more about the events we're organizing with the community, or projects that STUDENTS are leading and initiating within both Windermere and our community. At the Leadership Program, we work to foster change by providing students with the support the need to take on new challenges.


The Where I'm From Project

One of the most important questions that we can ask ourselves is: who am I?

To help grade 8 and 9 Leadership students answer this question, we invited musician Khari Wendell McClelland to our school for a series of workshops explore where we come from, who we are and who we want to become.

Khari is most known for his album and stage show, Freedom Singer, in which he tells the story of his great-great-grandmother Kizzy’s escape from slavery on the Underground Railroad. Freedom Singer seamlessly combining historical research, gospel traditions and his passion for social justice today in an artistic work that inspired our students to do the same.

Students researched the history of their own families. Many learned things about themselves and their families that they never knew before.

With a better sense of where they come from, they then moved on to exploring who they are today and who they want to be through photography, creative writing, painting, sculpture, music, video and other artistic media of their choice. What resulted was extraordinary.

We concluded the project with an art show, a potluck of cultural food and a celebration of our journey together. The students’ art covered all available wall and display table space with pieces as unique and diverse as each member of our class. Here are a few examples of those pieces.

Many thanks to ArtStarts in Schools for the Artists in the Classroom Grant that made this possible and to Khari for leading us on this journey with humor, insight, and sass.

Earth Day Parade

Since 2011, the Windermere Leadership program has organized the annual Earth Day Parade each April held on Commercial Drive. With inspirational speakers and musicians, we hope to emphasize our desire or urgent Climate Change actions. Visit our website by clicking on the picture!

2018 Parade Date: Saturday, April 21st,2018

Climate Change Conference

Every year, just as the new school year comes along, the Leadership Students start organizing the Annual Climate Change Conference. Aiming to not only spread awareness and educate youths on pressing environmental issues, it also allows Leadership students to gain skills such as event-planning, leadership and much more! Visit our website by clicking on the picture for more information!

2017 Conference Date: December 1st,2017

The Windermere Word 

The Word is Windermere Secondary's official student-run news publication run by Leadership Students. It serves as an online platform for which students can share their work they and their peers write. Its primary vision is to spread awareness on current news, whether that would be within the community or on a global scale!

You'll be able to get SUBSCRIBE to their mailing updates by clicking on the link in the picture!Be sure to immediate updates when articles get posted.

ZMS Podcast

The ZMS Podcast is a local podcast made by Leadership high school students, Molly, Sahali, and Zoe. Their purpose is to showcase the youth's opinion in the community and address local and public issues within their podcasts. Publicly expressing out their voice, they hope to inspire others to do the same!

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to their online podcasts by clicking the image beside, so you'll know exactly when they are released! There are new episodes every month, so make sure you stay tuned!

Student Life Photos

Earth Day Parade
Earth Day Parade
Earth Day Festival
Sharing research on invasive species with the community
Manning Park Winter Camp
Lunch in the snow
Moon Festival
Supporting Still Moon Arts to build awareness of local ecosystems and community celebrations
Chekamus Lake Camp
Dinner prep on the shores of Chekamus Lake
Chekamus Lake Camping
Outdoor Education is an important part of our program
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Moon Festival

Supporting Still Moon Arts to build awareness of local ecosystems and community celebrations