THUNDER BAY – “Contributions like this one from Confederation College, helps to support the good work the United Way is doing in the community,” said Joanne Kembel, Executive Director, United Way of Thunder Bay. “We are truly thankful to the College community for helping us do our most important work.” Students and staff from Confederation College announced today that $41,061.52 was raised in support of the United Way and “Stock the Bank”, an internal campaign in support of the student food bank.
Over past the two weeks, members of the college staff have been working to raise funds for the United Way. With 28 local agencies requiring financial support to deliver 67 diverse human service programs in our community, Confederation College was keen to assist and raise funds.
In addition to the United Way campaign, students and staff collected donations for “Stock the Bank,” an internal campaign in support of the student food bank. A friendly competition among departments resulted in the collection of 3408 food bank items.
A long standing tradition at Confederation, the “Stock the Bank” competition has been a fun event that raises funds, food and the spirit of the season. This year’s winners include the Registration, Admissions, Financial Aid, The Hub and Recruitment & Communications department for the large team category, NEW & Regional Workforce Development in the small team category and the School of Business, Hospitality and Media Arts & Negahneewin College (faculty included) in the academic category.
“Every year, the staff at the college rise to the occasion to help some of our students who struggle with access to healthy food,” said Katie Aprin, Student Union President. “The event is well received and the awards are well deserved. “Departments are rewarded points for donations, food products and participation. It becomes a frenzy of activity within the doors of the school and adds some fun to important work.”
“Our students and employees are dedicated to the community in which they live, learn and work,” said Mark Wright, Executive Director Resource Development and Government Relations . “It is our privilege to work with both the United Way and the Student Union to raise dollars that help our community.”