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.
A group of McGill students are braving the elements to raise money for local charities and to raise awareness of the plight of Canada’s homeless people.
How can you go wrong getting kids to make their own dry ice and dirt comets? Answer: You can’t.
Now in its third year SEDE’s Homework Zone program provides after school homework help, workshops and mentoring to local elementary school children. At the core of this unique initiative are the more than 80 volunteers, all of whom are McGill students.