After all the counting was said and done, a group of 23 Northern Lights College international students raised $4,167 for a variety of community causes — including the Canadian Cancer Society, SPCA, MIZPAH Foundation and Dawson Creek Society for Community Living.
They were all part of a seminar course called Integrated Strategic Management, with the project focused on social entrepreneurship. The students — in groups of three to five — had a budget of $20 to host an event and raise at least $100 plus the money spent — a total easily exceeded by the groups — for a cause.
The students — largely from India — had to go into the community and garner support for their projects.
“We had a lot of fun doing this, and we’re really happy we did this,” says Jaspreet Kaur Batra, a student in her final semester. “We are new here, we’re international students, so we had no idea how things go here, we’re still adapting to the community, but this platform gave us an experience to go out in the community and talk to the people, and it was wonderful.”
The projects ranged from a community volleyball game raising funds for cancer research to movie nights and dances hosted.
“Giving back to your community is very important,” says business management instructor Amna Khaliq. “They get to know the community. It’s not about just getting your diploma and moving out, it’s about learning that hidden curriculum that we don’t teach them in the class.”
Khaliq has run this course four times, and it has raised about $10,000 altogether.
“Having our students out in the community and giving back to the community really does a lot for the college, so we really appreciate [it],” says Lisa Verbisky, Associate Dean of Academic and Vocational Programs.
“Part of being a community college is that we always hope to have that really strong connection to our community and that we’re giving back to them.”