Parents

Testimonials from parents of former CELP Program students:

“CELP fills a very large void in our education system by enabling students to see where their food, water and other natural resources come from and why it is so important to protect and enhance the natural environment because their very lives depend on it. The outdoor aspect of CELP is especially critical to building more well-rounded and grounded young people, teaching them team building and mentoring skills that they would never get from a traditional classroom. I think it should be a mandatory program as it benefits us all.”Zline
-Mike Nagy

sunset“Having one child already pass through both CELP & HEADWATERS, with another following her footsteps, I can truthfully say that these programs are worth their weight in gold… The environmental awareness is only a small part of what they have taken with them. Dealing with their peers and working together as a family so to speak, has matured them. They are all very caring and loving bunch of kids, and I am continually amazed at their insight regarding the environment and the well being of others. I tell my friends who have kids heading to high school to look at the CELP program, they will not regret it. It changes people, makes them well rounded individuals, teaches and encourages great morals, and they come away with new friends, and an acute awareness of what is around them.”
– Stew McWade

Parent FAQs

trees and lakeHow does my son or daughter apply to CELP or Headwaters and how does the application process work?

Please see the “applying” part of this website for details on the application procedure. All parents of successful CELP and Headwaters applicants will be emailed an invitation to a mandatory meeting in June. At this time, parents and students will view a slide show about the semester, receive a list of important dates, a list of clothing for the wilderness trips, and will fill out permission forms for the semester. This also gives us a chance to answer questions you may have.

 

Will my son or daughter be behind in school if they take CELP or Headwaters?

CELP and Headwaters courses are all Ontario Ministry of Education Standard Curriculum courses that are taught in all high schools. In CELP and Headwaters they are combined into a four credit “package” that allows us to have the same 24 students all day for the whole semester and to teach the credits “off-site” where we students learn leadership and environmental sustainability skills in a hands-on manner in a “community” setting.

Who would be teaching my son or daughter and what qualifications do they have?

All CELP teachers are employed by the Upper Grand District School board through Centennial Collegiate.

Katie Gad has a degree in Geography and Biology from Queen’s University and an Education degree from Queen’s with a specialty certificate in Outdoor and Experiential Education. She has been teaching CELP and Headwaters since 2006. She is past chair of the Environmental Issues Committee for the UGDSB and has volunteered for Green Teacher magazine and Everdale Environmental Learning Center. She has worked for Katimavik and the Toronto District School Board Environmental Education Department in the past. Katie holds an ORCA Flatwater 2 Canoe Tripping Certificate, NLS (lifeguarding)and first aid.

Joel Barr’s formal education is a Master’s degree in Canadian Native history and 15 years of incredible teaching and coaching memories at CCVI. With his return to CELP { having taught a semester with Mike in 1996 and winter tripped for years with the program}, Joel is returning to the roots of his childhood spent tagging along with a zoologist father in a cedar strip canoe in Algonquin park. Merging this connection to the natural world with a love for hands-on teaching he is excited to create young leaders to challenge society’s social and environmental issues. Joel has his Wilderness First Aid and OTAS Aquatic certificates and is keen to use his CAN-BIKE training to get students using this incredible form of alternative transportation.

Amanda Jensen teaches the English courses for Celp and Headwaters.  She has a B.Ed. in English and a Specialist in Special Education from Queen’s University.  She has taught at Centennial CVI for 9 years, and taught English in Vancouver for 2 years prior to that.  She is an active camper and hiker and loves sharing the outdoors with her 2 young daughters.  She holds certificates in Standard First Aid, CPR and ORCA Canoe Tripping.