Four elementary schools offer sewing labs to teach practical and valuable skills using a modern, creative approach.
 
 
The founders of the Sew & Sew program are happy with the results of their latest project. Josée Lusignan, President of I Love First Peoples, and Colleen Gray, founder of Art for Aid, equipped remote community schools with sewing labs, including quality sewing machines and supplies, so they could teach young people valuable life skills through traditional projects in the school setting. The photo above shows one student who is proud to model the snow suit she has made at school.
Many factors are involved in selecting a qualifying school for the installation of a Sew & Sew Skills Lab: school infrastructure, existing sewing programs and teaching resources, prior collaboration with the school or community, as well as the ability to create long-term partnerships with transporters for the recipient community. Two elementary schools in Newfoundland and Labrador and 2 schools in Nunavut were chosen to participate beginning September 2021, and they have all been successful in carrying out the program. In fact, the program expanded to include elders and members of the community who used the sewing machines to make outdoor clothing for people who needed it. Involvement in a hands-on experience such as the Sew & Sew lab can be a big step in empowering youth to succeed through education and consequently, to stay in school.
For more information or to make a monetary donation to the Sew & Sew program, go to www.artforaid.ca or www.ilfp.ca. Charitable tax receipts are issued each February.
The Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville has been a supporter of the program to augment transportation costs and facilitate links in the selected Nunavut communities. www.stittsvillerotary.com