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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 disordersIn the Community
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.
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.
When asked if she would recommend that other African students apply for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at McGill, Njeri Muguthi is unequivocal in her praise. “This has changed the course of my life in a great way,” she says. “I’m attending a wonderful university, meeting students from around the world and I’m building my network.