Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe,
December is around the corner and for many of us it is time to think about holiday parties, shopping lists and winter vacations. It is also a time to reflect on the blessings we have received throughout the year and make contributions back to our communities.
Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving which follows the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and marks the beginning of the charitable season. It is a movement that encourages us all to make donations, volunteer our time, and raise our voices for those who may not be able to speak for themselves.
Last year, the Laurentian University community came together on Giving Tuesday to help raise over $48,000 in support of students and research. But more importantly, it was a day when I saw the Laurentian family—students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors—join forces to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Today, we can pull together once more to raise money for much needed causes on campus including student financial aid, the student foodbank, and student-led initiatives such as Model Parliament or a humanitarian trip to Mongolia by students from the School of Human Kinetics . Learn more about how you can make a donation to an area you are interested here: https://laurentian.ca/give/
If you are an alumnus or alumna it is also a great day to sign up for a newly-launched initiative – One Million Hours of Volunteerism. The Laurentian University Alumni Association is challenging alumni to log volunteer hours at https://laurentian.ca/onemillion and illustrate the impact that Laurentian alumni have on their communities across the country.
Every good deed or helping hand has an impact. So today, on Giving Tuesday, I encourage you to think about how you would like to make your impact.
Thank you, Miigwech.