Toni Hounslow, a second-year Social Service Worker student at Georgian College’s Orillia Campus, was recognized for her contribution to the community at the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards, held on Feb. 28. Hounslow received a Hats Off Award for an anti-bullying project she worked on in partnership with Camp Couchiching.
As part of her coursework last semester, Hounslow engaged with the organization in marketing and promotion, needs assessment research and more.
She determined that Camp Couchiching would benefit from adding an anti-bullying component to its in-school programming. Hounslow not only helped to develop that component, but also facilitated several sessions in local classrooms.
Additionally, Hounslow was part of creating a bullying awareness event held in November. Youth eight to 16 years of age and adult community members were invited to Camp Couchiching to dialogue about the issue.
Hounslow’s project is one of many great initiatives taking place through Georgian’s new Community Education Partnership Centre. Students enrolled in Georgian’s community studies program are taking on the role of “social entrepreneurs” as they work closely with college partners on wide-ranging and team-based projects.