Community Living is an organization which empowers adults with special needs. The student at this placement will help with gardening duties at various CLO group homes, meet up with their buddies for some social time and help with the light packaging and assembly lines at the CLO centre. 


Students visit a local daycare and work in classrooms with children ranging from 6 months to 12 years of age under the direct supervision of the daycare staff. Classroom responsibilities include playing games, arts and crafts, reading and interacting during free-play. Students also assist with food prep and clean-up. Training in the development of age-appropriate activities, how to communicate, deal with difficult situations and respond to children will be provided. A police check is required, Senior School only.


Appleby students are paired with children (Littles) who are on the waiting list for Big Brother and Big Sisters. Our students plan and execute four evening programs filled with games, crafts, music, snacks and special events for the ‘Littles’. Students will be selected by Big Brothers and Big Sisters employees after an application and interview process. Mandatory child safety training is provided by BBBS for our students. Participants should be creative and have the willingness to be creative and a desire to learn how to lead. A police check is required, Senior School only.


Appleby students provide programing including homework help, sports, crafts and games for the elementary school kids who attend the Kerr Street After School Program (KSAP) at the Kerr Street Mission. This facility, located on Kerr Street, serves more than 1,400 people living below the poverty line in Oakville. Additional duties may include food prep and clean-up. Training in the development of age-appropriate activities and how to communicate and respond to children will be provided. A police check is required, Senior School only.


Students research issues affecting the aging population, such as DNR (do not resuscitate) orders, living wills and housing options. Students will visit residents and read to them, have tea, play bingo. In the past students have: worked with residents to create memory books; made picture frames or potted plants that were presented at the end of the placement. Police check required, Senior School only



Students learn about domestic abuse and the issues that may affect women and children whose lives have been affected by abuse. Activities include clean-up, organization, sorting donations, interactions with children, administrative assistance, fundraising and outreach. Our students provide whatever assistance is needed most by the families and administration at ARMAGH. Participants must be mature, dedicated and empathetic. A Police check is required, Senior School only.


Work Hard, Get Dirty, Make Change! This is a hands-on program where Appleby students partner with local environmental groups including: Trout Unlimited, ACER, Groundbreakers, Oakville Green, Sierra Youth Coalition, Conservation Halton and others to work on short term initiatives including creek and shoreline cleanups, tree planting and maintenance, community education and environmental advocacy. The group will plan, organize and run several community initiatives that will improve our local environment. They will also have the opportunity to attend conferences, see speakers and attend community meetings. The group will be able to really impact the development of Appleby’s Sustainability Project. It’s a great chance to pick up some new skills, develop leadership abilities and gain new experiences.


Students work with the therapist in Appleby’s Athletic Therapy Centre. In this placement students learn about the day to day responsibilities of trainers and sport therapists. Where appropriate, they assist the therapist with her daily tasks, for example, taping, stretching and rehabilitation exercises under the direct supervision of the therapist. The placement is best suited for students wishing to pursue careers in the Health Sciences. Spots in this program are very limited and selection is based on an interview process. S2 students only.


Students participating in this co-curricular have wide ranging opportunities to help out with a variety of groups both on and off campus. Special Ops is a flexible group that responds to the needs of others with very little notice and for a short time. It provides a wide variety of experiences for those students who are working to identify what sparks their ‘passion’ for community service. Past activities have included: chatting with seniors at a local day program, administrative and clerical work, event set-up, clean-ups, working with kids, delivering flyers, washing windows at the Lions Foundation, and sorting through donations at the Salvation Army.


The focus of this group will vary from year to year depending on the interests and expertise of the faculty leaders and the students. A relevant and appropriate social justice theme or issue will be identified. This will be the basis of the group’s activities for the term. Work will include research and learning; advocacy, action and empowerment; and ultimately community engagement and change.


Voices for Change is a new program designed to offer an exploration of music as a vehicle for social inclusion, recovery, health, and overall well-being. Students in this co-curricular will be partnering with music therapists and clients from ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, Ontario’s largest Children's Treatment Centre (CTC) – serving over 14,500 children with disabilities and their families each year. Weekly activities would include: two-hour group singing session “Glee Club” each week with young people from ErinoakKids, group research on music therapy topics, student leadership of the weekly Glee Club rehearsals including music selections and arranging, instrumentation, rehearsal plans and schedule, and final concert planning. Students would also have opportunity to perform music in other therapeutic ways in the Oakville community. This co-curricular is open to all students from U1 to S2 who wish to engage in musical experiences with a focus on engagement of all in our communities. Musical skill is an asset, for example, the willingness and ability to sing or play a musical instrument.

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