Healthy school group honoured
Congratulations to Citizens for a Safe Learning Environment.
This feisty Nova Scotia volunteer-run organization received a national Health
Promotion and Innovation Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of
Child Health (CICH) on National Child Day, 2005.
CASLE was begun just over a decade ago by a group of Halifax parents and teachers whose children were affected by their schools' indoor environments. While working to upgrade the conditions in their own schools, group members were surprised at the condition of schools in general and at the apparent lack of knowledge about both the newly recognized risks to health such as indoor air quality and mould growth, and even about well recognized health and safety concerns such as improper asbestos removal. “We decided to work to change the system, says president Karen Robinson, “and that is a long-term commitment.”
CASLE board members have previously won
several awards provincially and locally.