Making a difference for Montreal’s homeless

In the Community

“We wanted to do something on foot care because foot injuries, infections and ailments seem to be the number one reason for ER visits among the homeless population,” says Saman Ahmad, the founder of Health and Hygiene for the Homeless, of the student club’s recent initiative to collect socks to donate to local homeless shelters. “The shelters tell us that they never have enough socks!” The club surpassed its goal of collecting 300 pairs of socks, which will be donated to Welcome Hall Men’s Mission and Our 2nd Home Shelter.

Salima Visram: As she grows, so grow the people around her

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Salima Visram, currently doing her undergraduate degree in International Development Studies, has designed a solar backpack that would allow children living without electricity in impoverished areas to pursue their studies after sunset. But for her bright idea to come to fruition, she needs your help.

McGill community makes a difference for Centraide of Greater Montreal

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McGill campaign has raised 51 per cent of its $425,000 goal, with three weeks to go. Centraide is an independent philanthropic organization that helps nearly 370 organizations in the Greater Montreal area, from human-rights groups, to those who provide food services, to those who help seniors.

McGill again to play host to Remembrance Day ceremonies

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Again this year, McGill will play host to Montreal’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, on the lower field of the downtown campus, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Given that 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, this year’s ceremonies are particularly poignant. To mark this moment, Chancellor Michael Meighen will address the crowd to commemorate the significant contribution McGill made to the war effort 100 years ago.

2nd Community Engagement Day in the Quartier de l’innovation

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For the second year, the Quartier de l’innovation took part in McGill’s Community Engagement Day, an annual event that encourages students, staff and faculty involvement in volunteerism, while promoting and reinforcing community engagement.

Community Engagement Day: McGill community pitches in

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On Oct. 2, some 550 members of the McGill community took part in the University’s third annual Community Engagement Day. People like Marie-Gil Fabris, a 2nd-year Management student, who worked in the kitchen of the Benedict Labre House, helping prepare supper for homeless people.

Centraide campaign off and running

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They came by the tens of thousands from organizations and businesses across the Island to fill downtown streets last Thursday and deliver a big, noisy kickoff to Montreal’s annual Centraide campaign. And McGill’s contingent, led by Principal Suzanne Fortier as well as the 2014 McGill Centraide Campaign Co-Chairs Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) Rosie Goldstein, Dean of Law Daniel Jutras, and SSMU President Courtney Ayukawa, joined in the fun on McGill College Ave. and Ste. Catherine St.

October 2 is a day to engage with Montreal

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Some 50 projects involving a variety of community groups will be featured on Community Engagement Day (CED), which will take place on campus and around the city of Montreal on Thursday, Oct. 2. Members of the McGill community can be involved with existing projects happening around Montreal – learning experientially about societal issues and challenges facing communities in Montreal while doing something to address them.

Heels to Heal: Medical and dental students strut the runway to raise awareness about eating disorders

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In an effort to raise awareness and funds in support of persons with eating disorders, close to 100 McGill medical and dentistry students participated in the organization of a fashion show held at the end of March. To the delight of some 350 people in attendance, students paraded the runway wearing the latest fashions from seven local designers. More than $3,500 was raised during the evening, all to be donated to Anorexia and Bulimia Quebec (ANEB) to help in the battle against this condition.

McGill students for a day – and maybe beyond

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A group of Grade 6 students from F.A.C.E. school huddle around the half-dozen workbenches in Jean-Marc Gauthier’s lab in Otto Maass, their smiles speaking volumes about the kind of day they are having. “I’d come here every day,” says one boy to his friend as the experiment they are conducting – making homemade ice cream using liquid nitrogen – reaches a critical stage and begins billowing white smoke. The look on the students’ faces says it all. Best. Chemistry. Class. Ever.