We are Lexie Pfenning, Annabelle Lee, Erin Work, and Caitlin Mahony.
We are students at Okanagan Mission Secondary, and we had the honor of participating in the 2021 Sustainable Development Challenge. Our goal is to reduce the use of animal dissections in our school and eventually our district. We all came together because of our passion for animals and their rights. Bonding over the idea of a more sustainable education system. Our entire team feels strongly that high school dissections are unnecessary and unfair, and that is why we are working to replace them.
When we first heard about the Sustainable Development Challenge, we thought it would be an amazing opportunity to help our community. From September to February we participated in the challenge, coming in first place! We won $5000 to go through with our plan. Below is the 2021 Sustainable Development Challenge finale video!
The Sustainable Development Challenge is a Kelowna-based program where students from grades 8-12 have the chance to affect the 17 Global Goals. You have the opportunity to work with mentors and non-profit organizations, and in the end, you have the chance to win a prize. It was an amazing experience for all of us, if you are a student and you have an idea that can help improve our world, we highly recommend you enter next year's challenge.
We are affecting 3 Global Goals;
#4 Quality Education
#12 Responsible consumption and production
#15 Life on land
Our team has been chosen to give a TEDx Talk in March 2022. Learn more here, we are very excited to have this opportunity to spread awareness about our project.
Many thanks to all the wonderful people who have contributed valuable support and information to our project. We thank you so much for all the time and work that you put into our project.
Carmen Denby is the coordinator of the Sustainable Development Challenge, and she has helped us through this whole project.
Elisabeth Ormandy is the Executive Director of the Society For Humane Sciences in Vancouver, and she helped us find all of our dissection alternatives.
We've also had the chance to work with the BCSPCA, Charu Chandrasekera, Mentors from the SDC, and of course, our school. We wouldn't be in this challenge if it wasn't for all these great people.