McGillians on the frontline of literacy with Frontier College

In the Community

The Montreal branch of Frontier College, Canada’s oldest literacy organization, was launched in 1992 by Stephanie Miller, a McGill student at the time. Frontier College’s literacy tutoring programs have spread to the city’s four universities, as well as Quebec City and Sherbrooke. Since then hundreds of people have been trained to teach basic literacy, with about 20 McGillians now working as literacy volunteers.

Rolling up their sleeves for a good cause

In the Community

Yesterday, more than 60 volunteers donned hairnets, rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to make some 200 litres of hearty soup during the second MacShares event. Both varieties, a farmhouse lentil soup and a squash and apple velouté, have been donated to a variety of local charities, including Share the Warmth, the NDG Food Depot, AMCAL Family Services and Bread and Basket.

Prize-winning initiative teaches public to ‘dig’ archaeology

In the Community

In 2016, archaeologist Jennifer Bracewell was named Project Director of the Maison Nivard-de Saint-Dizier Community Archaeology Project in Verdun, in which people from the community were invited to help out with the archaeological dig. She writes about her experience.

Canada-wide movement to improve pediatric cancer treatment


In an effort to accelerate research breakthroughs and ensure a faster path to a cure for children living with resistant, recurrent or metastatic cancer, more than 30 pediatric research centres and non-profit organizations are joining forces to support the PRecision Oncology For Young peopLE (PROFYLE) program, an initiative of the Terry Fox Research Institute. This unique partnership represents $16.4 million in funding, over a quarter of which will come from Quebec.

McGill students helping local merchants learn French

In the Community

McGill students are helping local entrepreneurs learn French as part of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal’s Merchant-Student Language Pairing program.

Combatting gender-based violence in Ethiopia

In the Community

Two ongoing research projects led by Professors Claudia Mitchell and Lisa Starr, of the Faculty of Education’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), are helping to understand how women in Ethiopia can empower themselves to protect their human rights, and to benefit equitably from development in the country.

McGill Symphony Orchestra to take part in Mount Royal mega-concert

In the Community

On August 19, the eastern flank of Mount Royal will become an outdoor amphitheatre for “Montréal Symphonique” It’s a free performance of major artists and Montréal’s three great orchestras – the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the Orchestre Métropolitain, under the direction of Simon Leclerc.

Opening the door to new possibilities

In the Community

Raising aspirations and academic achievement for promising high school students from under-represented groups is the goal of the Explore! Careers in Health Camp that just wound up at McGill.

First MasterCard Foundation Scholars graduate

In the Community

Every student who crossed the stage to receive their degree during recent Convocation ceremonies is both ending one journey and beginning another. But for the graduating members of McGill’s first cohort of MasterCard Foundation Scholars, that journey has already covered many, many miles.

Take a walk on the artistic side

In the Community

Yesterday’s launch of La Balade Pour la Paix may have been a wet one, but it certainly didn’t dampen people’s enthusiasm for the one-kilometre long, open-air public art exhibit. Set along Sherbrooke Street, the unique outdoor exhibit features hundreds of flags from around the world, 29 monumental sculptures and 42 photographs by Indigenous, Canadian and international artists.