Students and staff at the Ottawa East campus of Everest College
organized a Hope for Haiti Fundraiser. On January 14, Everest Campus Ambassadors created posters and set up tables to collect donations of clothes, money, food and toys. By early February, the campus had collected over $500 in donations to the Canadian Red Cross and donated a good quantity of supplies to the Salvation Army. “The team at Everest College displayed compassion, support and dedication for the people from Haiti,” said Shanie Mohammed, Academic Affairs Coordinator at Everest.
It was a “cheesy” approach to an important cause. On January 22, the London campus of triOS College
held a Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day where staff and instructors set up two stations and an assembly line of sandwich makers. Students purchased the sandwiches for $2 and drinks for $1. The college also collected donations while staff gave $5 to wear jeans on Casual Friday.
“At the end of the day, we raised over $850 for the relief efforts in Haiti. The students were motivated and eager to help – it was a terrific example of ‘triOS London Team Spirit’,” said Career Services Advisor Wendy Joy. “We plan to continue our efforts with another 50/50 draw.”
The Oshawa campus of triOS College raised $573 in donations earlier this month. The Toronto campus launched a fundraising drive with the Canadian Red Cross. The Windsor campus raised $1,185. Lizzie Walker, a pharmacy assistant instructor at triOS Windsor, plans to travel to Haiti in March to deliver the donation personally.
"It's part of the curriculum, to expose students to community service and show them how to help others in need," said Walker. "It's important that everyone helps -every little bit makes a difference."
Community Service Worker students at triOS’ Brampton campus are planning a five-hour community skate in Gage Park on March 6 to raise money for the Haiti relief efforts.
One career college student has been busy volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross. Lori Majer, a student in the Addictions Interventions Counseling program at CTS Canadian Career College
, went to all of the high schools in Barrie to explain the Red Cross’ relief efforts in Haiti. She also visited an elementary school in Bradford to make a presentation on how students can help. In about 2.5 hours, Majer helped raise $380.26 for the Canadian Red Cross mission in Haiti.
Through a bake sale and many donations, students and staff at the Scarborough campus of Medix School
raised $635 for the relief efforts in Haiti. The money was sent to World Accord, a registered Canadian charitable organization. World Accord focuses on sustainable development and works through grassroots community groups to create education, training and self-help programs. Students and staff plan to continue fundraising efforts well into February. “Medix School will be matching, dollar for dollar, everything raised by our staff and students,” said Peter Dykstra – Medix School and OACC Vice President.
Students at Ottawa Academy
collected food and donations for the people of Haiti. Staff and students observed a moment of silence to honour those impacted by the disaster on January 29 at 11 a.m. The donations collected by Ottawa Academy benefitted the Canadian Red Cross.
The Scarborough campus of Everest College
began raising money for Haiti at the end of January. About 10 classes are engaging in a friendly competition to raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross. The winning class will be awarded with a pizza party. “Students and staff felt compelled to help,” said Andre Hermanstyne, co-chair of the campaign and a Student Ambassador at Everest. “Since we started three or four days ago, we are now close to $400.”