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Holland College staff and students know how to give back

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Wherever you find Holland College employees and students, you’re sure to find community spirit.

Think PinkLast Friday, for example, the East Prince Center for Learning & Work, which includes Holland llege’s Summerside/East Prince Adult Education Centre and the East Prince Youth Development Center, celebrated Think Pink Day. For the past three years, the center has raised funds for breast cancer research. To date, they’ve raised $850 for this worthy cause by selling cookies, 50/50 draw tickets, and through casual day donations. The gang dressed up in lots of pink for the occasion!

The Holland College SteppersThe Holland College Steppers, another group of community-minded staff and retirees, were presented the CIBC Corporate Spirit Award at the CIBC Run for the Cure earlier this month.  This is the fourth consecutive year that the Steppers have received this award, which is presented to the corporate team who raises the most money for the year.

Team Captain and HC retiree Barbara Henry  estimates that the Steppers raised approximately $7,300, including their fund raising efforts at Holland College, and on-line donations made to individual members at the CIBC Run for the Cure web site.  

“The Holland College Steppers could not accomplish this without the support of the Holland College community,” Barbara noted in an e-mail to staff after the event. ” Thank you for your support of our fund raising efforts.”

Next month, students from the Events Coordinator profile of the  Tourism and Travel Management program and their instructor, Kathie Coffin-Sulis, will be volunteering for the Professional Convention Management Association Canada East Chapter’s Annual Service N Sync Day. Volunteers in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Charlottetown will help sort and pack donated food items.

Our students will be working at the Upper Room Food Bank on Belmont Street in Charlottetown. The Upper Room Food Bank, part of the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry which also runs a soup kitchen downtown, provides food hampers for individuals and families in the greater Charlottetown area.

These are just three examples of how our staff and students work within their communities. Many of the programs at the college work with various groups. It’s about giving back, but pragmatically speaking, the experience the students acquire is invaluable, giving them tangible experience that they can include on their resumés as they prepare to leave thier programs and enter their chosen fields.

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Written by Sara Underwood

October 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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