For Immediate Release
November 16, 2001

Nick Tunnacliffe
Commissioner of Planning
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4349

Open House Event Recognizes GIS Day in Peel

(Brampton) - More than 250 students from various Peel schools participated in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on November 14 by attending an Open House at Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton.

GIS Day, organized by the Region of Peel's Planning department and Information Technology Services division, featured demonstrations showing how GIS is used by organizations to assist in planning, co-ordinating and delivering goods and services.

Craig Moffit, Planning department, Region of Peel, demonstrates GIS applications to students at Mayfield Secondary School during GIS Day in Peel.

Representatives from the Region of Peel, the area municipalities, the Peel District School Board, Ryerson Polytechnic University and the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) were on hand with displays and demonstrations. Students took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions, and also learned about public sector careers in GIS.

"GIS Day is a great opportunity for students to get up close and interactive with the technology that helps plan our communities," says Paul Van Zant, Teacher, Mayfield Secondary School. "The students are our potential future planners and technology specialists, and it's important for them to understand the role these tools play in our urban environment."

"The Region of Peel is pleased to support GIS Day," says Nick Tunnacliffe, Commissioner of Planning, Region of Peel. "We are committed to helping Peel schools provide the resources to help students learn about the local geography and planning principles."

Students take a hands-on approach to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications during GIS Day in Peel.

GIS Day is sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the United States Geographical Survey, The Library of Congress and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

In 2000, thousands of organizations hosted GIS Day events in more than 81 countries. Through the combined efforts of GIS Day participants, such as the Region of Peel, millions of children and adults are educated on GIS technology through geography.

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