Welcome to year 2 of

Canadian Kindness Leaders!

For the 2021/2022 school year we are continuing to support Canadian schools & students in spreading kindness in their communities by providing training, toolkits & resources to eligible schools.

Find out more below!

2020/2021 Featured Projects

Click on the school’s name to discover them. Please check out all the amazing ideas and let us know what you think using emojis or comments.

Cayoosh Elementary School

Cayoosh Elementary School

Lillooet, British Columbia

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 Clinton Elementary School

Clinton Elementary School

Burnaby, British Columbia

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 Dr. K.A. Clark School

Dr. K.A. Clark School

Fort McMurray, Alberta

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 École Dickinsfield School

École Dickinsfield School

Fort McMurray, Alberta

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École George Jay School

École George Jay School

Victoria, British Columbia

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École Héritage Immersion School

École Héritage Immersion School

St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba

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Ecole John Stubbs Memorial

École John Stubbs Memorial

Victoria, British Columbia

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Ecole Victor Brodeur

École Le Rucher

Mascouche, Quebec

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 Ecole primaire Terry Fox Elementary School

École primaire Terry Fox Elementary School

Pierrefonds, Quebec

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Ecole Victor Brodeur

École Victor Brodeur

Victoria, British Columbia

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 George M. Murray Elementary

George M. Murray Elementary

Lillooet, British Columbia

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 Juniper School

Juniper School

Thompson, Manitoba

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 Juniper School

Our Lady of Victory School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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 Quinson Elementary School

Quinson Elementary School

Prince George, British Columbia

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 St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s School

Okotoks, Alberta

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 Stevenson-Britannia School

Stevenson-Britannia School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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St. Ignatius School

St. Ignatius School

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Victoria School for Ideal Education

Victoria School for Ideal Education

Victoria, British Columbia

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Teacher Resources

Looking to launch a Kindness based project at your school?

Check out the great activities that link Canadian Kindness Leaders projects to Design Thinking. These include activities from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Adolescent Kit for Innovation and Expression.

The Adolescent Kit is a global resource designed specifically for young people to learn about themselves and their peers, explore issues important to them, and create arts-based and action-oriented projects.

Facilitators Guide

The Facilitators Guidance provides guidance and tools for facilitators using the resources in the Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation (Adolescent Kit) in programmes and interventions in humanitarian situations. It explains how facilitators can use and adapt the resources in the Adolescent Kit to lead activities for adolescents that support their psychosocial well being, learning and positive engagement with the world around them.

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Active
Listening

PDF 82kb

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Agreeing to Group Rules

PDF 1.0Mb

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Animal, Insect, Bird Stories

PDF 112kb

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Brainstorming Solutions

PDF 75kb

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Choosing a Challenge Topic

PDF 73kb

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Collaborative Decision Making

PDF 73kb

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Community
Dialogue

PDF 72kb

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Compromise
Chart

PDF 20kb

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Create a Pitch

PDF 75kb

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Forming Problem & Opportunity Statements

PDF 20kb

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Gallery Walk Tool

PDF 384kb

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Household, Friend and Community Dialogue

PDF 118kb

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Humans of our Household

PDF 101kb

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I Am, I Have, I Can (Online)

PDF 104kb

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I Am, I Have,
I Can

PDF 70kb

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Imagine a
Better Place

PDF 24kb

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Imagine an
Invention

PDF 26kb

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Insight
Statements

PDF 73kb

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Learning and Mood Pre-Check

PDF 968kb

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Learning and Mood Post-Check

PDF 981kb

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My Journey
Map

PDF  79kb

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Our challenges, Our Solutions

PDF 398kb

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Our Environment (Online)

PDF 178kb

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Our
Environment

PDF 74kb

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Ourselves on the Inside and Outside (Online)

PDF 109kb

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Ourselves on the Inside and Outside

PDF 70kb

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Plan a
Project

PDF 73kb

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Practicing Interviewing Skills

PDF 111kb

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Project Plan
Template

PDF 110kb

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Project Timeline Tree

PDF 71kb

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Prototyping

PDF 74kb

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Recognizing Resources

PDF 85kb

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Road Map

PDF 75kb

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Seeing from Different Perspectives

PDF 78kb

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Ten Key
Approaches

PDF 322kb

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Ten Key
Competencies

PDF 76kb

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Videos

Check out what the WITS and LEADS programs are all about!

Eligibility

You must meet the criteria…

  • You are in a Canadian school
  • You have students who are between 9 and 12 years old

Your project will be judged using the following four metrics.

Your project must…

Focus on Kindness

Does the project focus on how people can be kind to one another?

Feature Community Involvement

Does the project involve your whole class, school, or community?

Be Inclusive and Accepting of Diversity

Does your project include everyone in the class, school, or community no matter what their differences or abilities are?

Connect with being Canadian

Does the project encourage Canadians to be kinder, inclusive, and more accepting of one another?

Involve Your School

Canadian Schools

All schools that teach grades 4 through 6 or 7, and are located in one of the following Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba or Quebec are eligible to apply.

A map of Canada showing the four Provinces we are running the program in: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

What are the requirements in order to participate?

Get Started!

Contact Canadian Kindness Leaders Program Manager,
Renée Cenerini to get your school enrolled.

About Us

The WITS Program Foundation is excited to continue with Canadian Kindness Leaders!

Canadian Kindness Leaders (CKL) will engage Canadian youth with projects of kindness and inclusion in provinces across Canada. In phase 1, we will train youth aged 9 to 12 in the evidence-based WITS LEADS curriculum in conjunction with exploring an all-encompassing theme of kindness. In phase 2, we will encourage and facilitate youth-led social action micro-projects that promote the values of lateral kindness, empathy, and inclusion.

A series of three photographs of children engaged in their community. They are doing work that helps the environment, the communtiy and each other.

Schools participating will receive:

  • WITS LEADS materials including books, lesson plans, posters, bookmarks, and pencils
  • Year long online subscription to the WITS Programs Foundation
  • Funding (up to $500 per school) to help with costs of social action micro-projects
  • Platform for sharing kids’ kindness projects and initiatives
  • Follow up support as needed
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Brought to you by WITS Programs Foundation

The WITS™ group of programs brings together schools, families and community members to help children learn effective strategies to deal with peer victimization. We partner with Pink Shirt Day, celebrated annually on the last Wednesday of February. The WITS Programs Foundation is a nonprofit society and registered Canadian Charity.

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The logo for the WITS Group of Programs.

COVID-19

CKL will operate according to the health guidelines of the respective provinces involved. Please contact us if you need more details.

CKL is made possible in part by these supporters: