Giving Back

IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Our staff, faculty, and students have made commitments to improve our local community through volunteerism, fundraising, and taking part in charitable endeavours. This year for example, over 200 Blyth Academy students took part in the Terry Fox Run, raising $10,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.
 

IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Blyth Academy Community Service
Our students have many different reasons for enrolling in our International Summer programs. Including a thirst for adventure, many students also have the desire to spark positive change, and the desire for self-discovery and leadership development that may come from participating in a project abroad.

To further engage our students in the world around them, Blyth Academy Community Service was created. This important program takes high school students and accompanies them to locations such as Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Myanmar (Burma) and Bhutan. There, they conduct community service work in collaboration with locally-based NGOs focused on the areas of education and the environment. We ask our partners how and where we can be useful. This is to ensure that the work that we carry out is relevant and meaningful to the communities in which we are based. In addition to our programs in the summer, we also offer opportunities for students to participate in community service work during the school year over March Break.
 
The Bhutan Canada Foundation
Sam Blyth, Founder and CEO of Blyth Academy, is deeply committed to supporting civil societies in emerging countries and the development of their educational systems and democratic institutions. In 2008, Sam Blyth visited Bhutan with his wife and two of his children. There he learnt that the Canadian government was not renewing its CIDA support for the nation and Canadian Cooperation Office was closing its doors. Mindful of Canada’s special relationship with Bhutan, particularly its contribution to building its education system, the family decided that it was important to continue Canada’s presence in the country, so they stepped forward to help.

On May 5, 2009 the offices of the Bhutan Canada Foundation (BCF) officially opened in Thimphu, Bhutan. The foundation also maintains an office in Toronto, Canada. Both offices work diligently to carry on the tradition of Canadian and Bhutanese cooperation, goodwill and knowledge exchange.

In 2011, Sam Blyth was named Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Bhutan to Canada. This role enables him to further facilitate ongoing understanding and appreciation between the two countries.

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Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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