Active-citizenship Projects

The Trailhead Students are at it again. With numerous projects to their name more than $3,100 raised for local charities, these students are making a difference in their Halton community.  Trailhead is staying true to their program by aiding the environment one project at a time.


The Donations

$500 to Lighthouse for Grieving Children  – Spring 2016

$300 to Every Child Now                           – Spring 2016

$400 to Ronald McDonald House Hamilton – Fall 2015

$500 to Free the Children                         – Fall 2015

$500 to the Bruce Trail Conservancy         – Fall 2015

$300 to Ronald McDonald House Hamilton – Fall 2014

$600 to Trees in Trust                               – Fall 2014 

The Collections

85 pairs of shoes delivered to Nike Grind   – Fall 2015

472 Discs delivered to E-waste Centres      – Fall 2015

36 crates of apples for Food Drive              – Fall 2013

Our Fundraising

Trailhead students have raised thousands of dollars by creating and selling beeswax candles. This project has been part of completing class assignments.  Parts of the assignment included the inquiry of pricing, locating sustainable materials and applying the methods of creating these one of a kind candles.  

Bruce Trail Conservancy 

Trailhead donated $500 from the proceeds of the beeswax candle sales to the Bruce Trail Conservancy.   This organization and the amount were selected by the students.  

 The Trailhead kitchen in candle making mode. Steady, steady…
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Our work with P.O.W.E.R.

Who: in partnership with Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.)

What: Removed invasive Garlic Mustard and planted numerous native trees and shrubs along

the bank of the Bronte Creek

When: Spring 2016

Where: Camp Sidrabene

Why: by restoring and enhancing local flora, we support and promote the health of natural ecosystems

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The Light House Program for Grieving Children

The Spring 2016 class donated $500 to this deserving cause.  The money was raised from selling beeswax candles that raised funds for donation. For more information on this program their website describes it best. The Lighthouse Program @

Every Child Now

The Spring 2016 class donated $300 to Every Child Now.  This is a wonderful cause that was chosen by the students.The money was raised by students who worked hard to create the Bees Wax candles as a fundraiser.  Check out the site at

Nike Grind Repurposed Shoes

In 2015, Trailhead students collected 85 pairs of shoes to be donated to Nike Grind. Nike will take in old shoes and make use of the rubber soles.  They will be repurposed by grinding-up the rubber soles and converting them to athletic surfaces.  Trailhead collected athletic shoes that are so worn-out that they cannot be donated for wear.

Interested in starting your own collection? Check out these two links. and

Bruce Trail Magazine: Trailhead’s featured article

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Certificate of Woodland Dedication

This is to certify that 1/6 acre of woodland in Ontario has been dedicated in the name of Gary Allan High School: Trailhead of Halton District School Board, ON, Canada.

This woodland, plot number CAONC00064, will be protected in perpetuity by Ontario Nature to be a wildlife refuge, a haven for native plants and
a trap for Carbon Dioxide and other pollutants.

This is now a permanent green space for all to enjoy. Check out our forest pictures below on Trees in Trust website. 

Coordinates and Certificate of the Saved 1/6 Acre of Trees

765 Discs Delivered to E-waste Centre

Trailhead students deserve the credit for collecting, sorting and counting electronic waste.  To date, they have successfully gathered 765 various digital and magnetic media. The students also raise money to have them professionally recycled by Project Get Reel.  Thank you to our teacher Darryl “Loon” Houghton and your family for delivering these items.


The 472 Discs were packed up and sent to Project Get Reel, a local business which specializes in E-waste. 


Above are the students who started the first e-media drive in the spring of 2015. Their photo was taken on Canoe Lake at the end of our five-day trip in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Apple Orchard for a Cause

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Fall 2013 Trailhead students here are harvesting apples for the food bank (In Partnership with Halton Food Share)

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Students are delivering the harvested apples in order to provide fresh fruit to local food banks. Thumbs up for contributing.

Burlington Beach Clean-up

Who: in partnership with Burlington Green

What: Removed invasive species and planted numerous native trees and shrubs along

Burlington Beach

When: Spring 2013

Where: Burlington Beach

Why: by restoring and enhancing local flora, we support and promote the health of natural


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Trailhead is Down to help trees and plants Grow Up


Spring 2015 students helped to plant over 300 native trees, shrubs and grasses in Sam Sherratt Trail, Milton (in partnership with Conservation Halton)


Spring 2011 students are seen here building a greenhouse on the school property in order to grow and harvest vegetables for the school’s lunch programme

Trailhead’s Past Work

Fall 2013-2015: presented ecological activities to elementary students at the Halton Forest Festival (In Partnership with Conservation Halton)

Fall 2012-2013: restored water shelter along Bronte Creek for fish populations (In Partnership with Trout Unlimited Canada) 

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Funding provided by the Halton District School Board, the Halton Learning Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

Halton District School Board Gary Allan High School

Trailhead is a Gary Allan High School program in the Halton District School Board.