Instilling the importance of service is simply part of the culture at MacLachlan. Developing the quality of generosity in our students has a very positive impact in our own community and throughout the world. Students learn that the giving of one’s time is a very rewarding and compassionate endeavour. It not only brings awareness of the needs of others, it helps students understand that they have the power to make a difference.
Involvement in outreach activities is considered important for the personal development of our students. Students are involved in activities throughout the year with many local and international agencies. Some of these agencies are:
- Me to We - Free the Children
- The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Programme
- YPI Youth and Philanthropy Initiative
- The United Way of Oakville
- The Terry Fox Foundation
- The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (Nepal)
- The Canadian Red Cross Society
- Halton Women's Shelter
- The Oakville Humane Society
- The Fareshare Food Bank
- The Halton Children's Aid Society
- Rotary International
MacLachlan is committed to providing opportunities for students that support social responsibility and encourages students to become engaged and principled individuals. One of the ways of achieving this is providing senior students the opportunity to participate in international service trips.
In 2015 a group of students will be travelling to South Africa to participate in humanitarian and environmental service while also conducting scientific research on a wild life reserve. Past service trips have involved building a school in the Dominican Republic 2014, and integrating in communities, schools and youth programs in Kenya, Arizona, Mexico,and Costa Rica.