Ronteweiénstha Tehontatia’takéhnhen, a Mohawk phrase for students helping students, perfectly describes the day a group of high school students had on McGill campus on March 19. As part of a growing mentorship program, McGill student mentors, who have been working with students from Kahnawake for the past semester, invited their mentees from the Kahnawake Survival School onto campus for the day.
While thousands of North American students spent March Break basking in the sun in warm southern climes, 57 McGill students volunteered their time helping a variety of Montreal community organizations as part of the University’s second annual Alternative Spring Break.
C’est avec beaucoup d’émotions et d’ambitions que Cécile Branco-Côté et Bernard Darche étaient de retour à McGill la semaine dernière, eux qui avaient remporté la Coupe Dobson en juin 2014 avec leur projet de Centre Magnétique, un lieu favorisant la collaboration de la communauté entrepreneuriale de Lac-Mégantic.
Grateful mom goes way out of her comfort zone to help raise funds for the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
“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, 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 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.