March 05, 2020

NorQuest students on the national stage

A community-minded effort leads to national recognition for a group of NorQuest College Business students.

NorQuest students on the national stage

NorQuest students Robert Bradley, Jamila Davis, and Dilpreet Singh pose with Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, in Ottawa on February 26.


This past fall, students from the Faculty of Business, Environment and Technology (FBET) Business Administration program at NorQuest College took the lead on social responsibility with a community effort to help those most vulnerable.

Working with Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society (EERSS), the college took donations of blankets in support of the Blanket Alberta in Warmth campaign. More than 200 blankets and $380 were donated for homeless citizens and those in most need this winter. The campaign also helped raise awareness of this growing issue (especially among youth) across our campus.

The community-minded project was nominated for the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) annual showcase in Ottawa by NorQuest Careers Instructor Mitch Fix. On February 26, 2020, three students represented NorQuest College and FBET and presented the blanket drive project at the 2020 CICan On the Hill Student Showcase event, featuring innovative projects and initiatives from across Canada with an emphasis on community impact.

“The trip was amazing, and we all had a great time. I’m proud to have been given the chance to represent our class and NorQuest nationally. Ultimately, as a team we’ve helped the community and brought awareness to an important issue.”
– Robert Bradley, second year Business student

“It was truly an inspiring event, from the impact that our class and NorQuest has had in our community and to appreciate the amazing initiatives from around the country.”
– Jamila Davis, second year Business student

“Everyone who came to our table loved our idea and determination of our students for helping the community.”
– Dilpreet Singh, second year Business student

“It was such a privilege to work with such an enthusiastic and engaged class on this project. Thank you to everyone involved and to all of our generous donors.”
– Mitch Fix, Instructor, Careers

Each year, the Blanket Alberta in Warmth Campaign gathers new and gently used blankets to distribute to anyone in need, free of charge. In recent years, the supply and demand for the blankets has increased as EERSS distributes these blankets to the homeless, refugees, and to other agencies that help newcomers and those living on the street.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the national organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, and polytechnics in Canada and internationally.
 

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