SAIT is rallying alumni, students, staff, faculty and partners to deliver 100 charitable projects for 100 years of SAIT.
It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you are giving back to the community.
A playground in the northwest Calgary community of Hawkwood was in desperate need of a rebuild. SAIT School of Construction instructor Bruce Lee knew that his community association needed help, so he enlisted four civil engineering technology students to pitch in. In the spirit of hands-on learning for a good cause, the students brought their knowledge of construction to provide a safer playground for the community's children.
On May 12th, Darcie and four friends took part in the Habitat for Humanity women's only build project. Their team, "Break a Nail", has raised nearly $4,000, including funding from the 100 Projects Project, for Habitat for Humanity.
SAIT Aquatic Centre staff donned their superhero capes and masks to help raise money for KidSport Canada. On the final day of swimming lessons, participants were encouraged to throw toonies into the deep pool for instructors to retrieve. Enough was raised to provide swimming lessons for 13 kids who couldn't otherwise participate due to financial barriers.
In celebration of Earth Day 2016, SAIT’s Green Building Technologies research team brought their Solar Roller down to Stephen Avenue Walk to talk to people about the latest advances in solar technology. Collaboration between SAIT schools helps to increase awareness of solar energy, and ongoing applied research projects on campus.Read More...
SAIT staff, organized by Kathleen Johnson, knitted over 100 items to be donated to those in need. They will pick up their knitting needles again in the fall.
Staff and students in the MacPhail School of Energy collected and donated gently used clothes to SAITSA and local charitable organizations. They collected more than 10 boxes and bags from nearly 100 employees. They also identified two graduating students who faced financial barriers and took them on a shopping trip for interview and work outfits.
Danielle Temple, a health information management program student at SAIT, collected unused iPods to help kickstart Alzheimer's Society’s Music and Memory program. Music therapy has been proven beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s because it triggers long-term memory, an area of the mind last to be affected by the disease. The initiative seeks to train elder care professionals to create custom playlists for Alzheimer’s patients that will allow them to connect the real world with music-triggered memories.
The Women of Applied Research and Innovation Services (WARIS) held their first event in a series dedicated to facilitating female involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the trades, on March 23. Approximately 50 people gathered to hear panelists from SAIT’s Women in Technology and Trades (WITT) committee, the SAIT Students’ Association, Ladies Learning Code, Chic Geek, and the University of Calgary’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).Read More...
Three SAIT employees set a personal wager for themselves to avoid caffeinated soda. Anytime one of them broke down, they put $1 towards the SAIT Family Campaign. Great news for the Family Campaign, but maybe not so much kicking the habit; they raised $200!
Volunteers from the School of Construction Social Committee/Admin team held a bake sale on Valentine’s Day to raise money and awareness of the BC SPCA – which recently saved 66 dogs from a puppy mill. A variety of baked and store-bought goods were available to purchase by School of Construction members in the Aldred Center lunch room.
In celebration of the diversity and richness of SAIT’s population, the Reg Erhardt Library organized a Human Library, a project that gathered human “books,” or people with unique stories to share. Library patrons could sign out each person for a session to hear of their experiences, and learn something new about members of the community at SAIT.
Students and staff from School of Health and Public Safety put together bags full of personal items such as socks, toothpaste and hats for donation to the Calgary Drop-In Centre. During Reading Week, the care packages were distributed to those in need.
Students in SAIT's School of Business Office Professional and Administrative Information Management programs helped serve dinner to more than 1,500 people in need at the Calgary Drop In Centre. The students were part of the AIM OFPR Student Association which gives them a chance to be more involved in fundraising and volunteer activities, and social and career events.
On Jan. 11, 2016, SAIT’s Institutional Planning and Analysis department spent the afternoon sorting and organizing merchandise, stocking shelves, repairing and cleaning appliances, and assisting customers at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. There, Habitat for Humanity sells quality, new and gently used furniture, appliances, home décor items and building materials to the public at greatly reduced prices. Proceeds help cover their administrative costs to support local build projects.
A small competition was held by SAITSA during the 2016 Reading Week to see which school could collect the most jars of peanut butter. Their goal was 100 jars. In the spirit of friendly competition, 504 jars were delivered to the SAITSA Food Bank and the Calgary Food Bank.
Staff and students in the Health Information and Practice Assistants programs donated 100 hours of volunteer time to provide 100 dental treatments to Calgary's most vulnerable.
The SAIT Communications and Marketing team adopted a family for the holidays in 2015. Everyone pitched in to purchase items from the family's wish list, wrap the presents, and deliver them to the drop off center. It was a great opportunity to spread some cheer and help make the holidays a little happier for one of Calgary's families in need.
While Christmas shopping in 2015, Lauren Bishop, from SAIT's Corporate Training department, was struck with the realization that many families were likely struggling to afford the holidays in Calgary’s tough recession. She wanted to help. As a result, collection boxes were delivered to eight schools across SAIT. Overall, 85 gifts were collected and donated to the Magic of Christmas – an organization that provides gifts to people of all ages who would otherwise go without.
A group of SAIT employees in the Facilities Management department collected grooming items to be donated to the Calgary Women's Centre. The Centre provides personal grooming items to women in need, including shampoo, body wash, toilet paper and diapers, as well as a variety of other support programs.
More than 850 SAIT employees worked together to build food hampers for the SAITSA Food Bank. Groups of 10 decorated large paper bags with fun drawings and special messages for each recipient before loading them with nearly a dozen non-perishable items, including popcorn, cereal and spaghetti. SAITSA’s Food Bank provides students in need with one week’s worth of emergency supplies before connecting them with the Calgary Food Bank.
The SAIT centennial project team set a goal to try and stay (or get) fit in the 75 days leading up to SAIT's 100th birthday on Oct. 16. Members were expected to get a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise each day, and every day they missed they had to donate $2 or a non-perishable food item. At the end of 75 days, the team donated 4 bags of food to the SAITSA Food Bank along with about $20. In addition, $100 was donated to the Centennial Scholarship Fund.
SAIT Archivist, Karly Sawatzky, produced a commemorative colouring book for SAIT's 100 birthday. The 21 colouring pages are line drawings created from real photos in the library archive. She compiled the line drawings into a book and included the original photographs for comparison. The exclusive 55 copies printed will be on display during a Community Art Meetup hosted by SAITSA and the SAIT Library, and also during the SAIT staff Kid's Christmas Party.
In 1916, SAIT began with just two programs – motor mechanics and metalworking – using donated and borrowed equipment. In celebration of their centennial, the School of Transportation hosted 100 Years of Wheels & Wings, a car, truck and air show in the bays of the Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre. Thousands of visitors toured the show on Oct. 15 and 16 during SAIT’s centennial weekend to see a living tribute to the history of SAIT.
SAIT alumnus Ken King (EMTP '82) spent 10 days in Haiti volunteering with Haiti Air Ambulance, a non-profit organization that provides first-world standards of medical care to areas with limited healthcare resources. Despite limitations due to security and hospital staff being on strike, Ken participated in four missions to fly patients from remote locations to a local hospital for proper care.
SAIT alumnus Domenic Cimino (AT '80) and eight coworkers from Fluor Canada Ltd. spent a couple of hours at the Calgary Food Bank to help pack supplies for their emergency food hampers. They packed 13,500 pounds of non-perishable food into 357 hampers, providing quality emergency items for up to 917 Calgarians in need.
About 15 members of SAIT's ALIVE, an organization of retired and former SAIT employees and their spouses, collected clean, gently used winter clothing donations for Deer Park United Church. They also volunteered their time to help sort the clothes and helped out during the church's annual one-day winter clothing giveaway.
Lightboard technology is a teaching tool used to create short videos that complement teaching efforts by utilizing a glass board for writing and a special camera for recording. The videos allow the instructor to teach complex theories while facing the audience and writing on the glass wall. The camera then reverses the image so the writing is seen the correct way for the viewers. Students can watch the videos on demand to internalize material at their own pace. Currently, lightboard technology is being used for accounting courses in the School of Business, but it may be available for other instructors in the future.
On Sept. 27, a team of alumni, students and friends of SAIT spent the day outside winterizing the gardens of the Salvation Army Agape Hospice. They tidied the landscape bed, raked leaves and cleaned up the hospice's beautiful gardens under the watchful eye of the Hospice's group of dedicated volunteer gardeners.
Students in SAIT’s Information Technology Software Development program provided a complete website and database redesign for the Sunrise Native Addiction Services Society. Due to a lack of IT infrastructure funding, Sunrise was in desperate need of a revamp, and the students were eager to help. Putting classroom knowledge into real-world learning, students acquired the components to construct a custom-built server, backup system and firewall.
To commemorate SAIT’s Centennial and 100 years to come, the Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Resource Centre worked with the late Piikani/Blackfoot Elder Allan Pard, Amethyst First Rider and artist Rodney Big Bull to create a contemporary Blackfoot Winter Count. A winter count is a way of recording time and significant events in tribal history on a tanned buffalo hide. The hide is displayed near the north doors of the I.G. Lewis Atrium and reflects SAIT’s relationship with the indigenous people of Southern Alberta.
Local Drop Magazine was developed by a group of first-year SAIT journalism students with a shared passion for local artists, musicians, businesses and events. The magazine allows students to use their skills in writing, photography, design and marketing to provide Calgary with a unique publication that celebrates the city. After hundreds of hours of hard work, 2,500 copies of the inaugural issue were printed and distributed in the city on July 1. The magazine will continue with a second issue in November 2016 and become a quarterly publication – look for it in your neighbourhood!
A team of eight from SAIT’s Employee Services department cooked dinner for several families living at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH), which totalled over 45 people. They made corn, homemade garlic bread, spaghetti with tomato meatball sauce, and salad. Dessert included chewy chocolate brownies, ice cream, whipped cream, and berries. Families at the RMH either have a child at the Alberta Children’s Hospital or the Foothills Hospital (NICU).
A centennial summer camps bursary was offered through a partnership between the MacPhail School of Energy and SAIT Summer Camps to sponsor a camper to attend one of the SAIT summer camps. The recipient chose Green Energy and spent the week learning about renewable energy by building wind generators and photovoltaic cells that produce electrical current. The recipient selection criteria was based on financial need and interest.
SAIT staffer John Dumonceaux spearheaded a project to make some northwest Calgary businesses more accessible. A group of coworkers, running buddies, and a crew from Accessible Housing Calgary helped Dumonceaux built 14 ramps so that people in wheelchairs, walkers, and rollers could easily enter and exit the various locales. They built and painted the ramps, then delivered them to local businesses mostly in the neighbourhood of Bowness. Additional ramps were built for the SAIT campus.
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Faculty and students in the Machinist Technician class of '15/16 formed a club to restore a donated Britannia Lathe, circa 1900. They dismantled the lathe, cleaned it up, sourced and built new parts. After six months of work and elbow grease, students restored the lathe to its original glory. Throughout the restoration process, the team had to find the best method for rust removal –soda, vinegar, or rust remover. The result: "drink the soda, use the vinegar for pickles, and remove rust with the proper solution."
On June 21st the Green Building Technologies team hosted over 200 grade six and seven students from the Calgary Board of Education and gave them a lesson in the power of the sun. Students built solar ovens (out of pizza boxes), sundials, and origami seedling starters to take home.
The SAIT employee volunteer crew spent a morning at Ronald McDonald House on June 12, 2016 preparing brunch for the residents staying there. With their additional funds they purchased 100 jars of peanut butter to donate to the Calgary Food Bank.
As part of SAIT Enactus’ Healthy E.A.T.S. project, “Edible Campus” involved planting a mini fruit and berry-bearing orchard for use by the culinary students of the School of Hospitality and Tourism. More than 20 students and employees helped plant the shrubs and trees outside the John Ware building. The project helps to generate awareness on campus about the importance of leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. - The Mini Orchard Planting is a sub-project for Enactus-SAIT's Healthy E.A.T.S project.
The second SMILES clinic was held on May 25th, 2016, where 31 SAIT staff and students (including Alumni), alongside dental health professionals and Alex staff and volunteers contributed 155 hours to provide free dental care for Calgary's most vulnerable. They saw 29 patients, and delivered 115 treatments (to a value of $13,659.98).
The Travel and Tourism students held a toy drive in support of the Magic of Christmas, a local volunteer-driven organization which provides gifts to over 500 families on Christmas eve. For an unwrapped gift or $5 donation guests could sit on Santa's knee for a photo. The TVT students received a 'haul' of toys and gifts, and collected nearly $200 in cash.
Members of SAIT's School of Transportation had a goal of putting together 100 shoeboxes for the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox campaign. They surpassed their goal by collecting enough supplies for 111 shoeboxes, and spend an evening volunteering for a shift at Operation Christmas Child sorting and packaging the shoeboxes. Each year the shoeboxes, containing items such as small toys, toiletries and school supplies, are delivered to children in need all around the world. This year 111 kids will have a happy holiday indeed thanks to the School of Transportation!
The SAIT Trojans men's hockey team made the school proud by chipping in money to purchase $300 worth of food to donate to the Veterans Food Bank in support of Remembrance Day.
Faculty and students from SAIT's School of Manufacturing and Automation are spreading some holiday cheer and the gift of knowledge this year with their Adopt-a-bot program. The small robot gifts will be given to SAIT student families who need a little extra support this year. They're both fun and educational!
The SAIT Curling League came together on Dec. 15 for their annual dinner banquet. Guests were asked to make a donation to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation and thanks to their generosity, $300 was raised.
The students in the Legal Assistants Society had a wonderful idea to connect students with the community. They sold 75 tickets to students and on the day of the 12 Days of Giving event, nine different local charities arrived and set up tables in MacDonald Hall. The students were free to visit all of the different groups to discuss their needs and goals, and then signed up and committed their time to volunteer with those organizations that interested them. At the end of the event every charity walked away with dozens of volunteers, and the students left feeling more connected to their community. Charities in attendance were: - Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind - The Calgary Food Bank - The Calgary Humane Society - The Salvation Army - Children's Legal and Educational Resource Centre - The Alberta Children's Hospital - The Canadian Cancer Society - Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation - Safewalk/SAITSA
SAIT Distinguished Alumnus Erich Binder and his wife Lynda started a 100 Projects Project this year in conjunction with the annual Skate with Santa alumni event. They worked with the Alumni & Development team to set up a giving page, and funds raised through Skate with Santa were also directed there. The goal was to help 40-50 families, provided by SAITSA, with gifts and grocery gift cards. The total raised was $5,642! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Binder!
More than a dozen SAIT employees, alumni and friends prepared and served dinner at the Calgary Drop In Centre (DI). Calgary was experiencing some of the coldest temperatures in memory that day and it was a good reminder of just how important centres like the DI are to Calgary's neediest. A warm place to lay their heads and a hot meal can mean the difference between life and death in these temps for those who have nowhere to call home. Volunteers prepared a wonderful meal to help warm their bellies.
A team of students in the Business Administration Project Management class, demonstrated action-based learning by implementing class room materials into a fundraising campaign to help raise money for a local charity, Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids (BB4CK), who believe that no child should go hungry. Donation boxes were placed in the reception offices of various departments, and a booth was available to facilitate student giving. Donations were collected at the end of each week between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2. In total they raised $486 for BB4CK.
The 100-Member Mentorship project is off to a great start. So far 80 people are involved, and two evenings were held to introduce the mentors and mentees in Oct. and Nov. The project will continue throughout the academic year as the mentees prepare to graduate and begin their next steps.
BIOMES project participants have planted nearly 11,000 square feet of lawn on the southern aspect of the Senator Burns building with indigenous plants native to Alberta and in particular the foothills region. They hope to showcase the biodiversity that exists in Alberta, particularly in and around Calgary. The ongoing project will provide a living lab for biology students in Academic Upgrading and other SAIT programs. There are also plant species of cultural significance to the First Nation community which can be used during ceremonies and special events.
For nine months of the year a group of SAIT employees come together on the first Monday to volunteer their time at the Calgary Food Bank. The 34 volunteers come from across SAIT, representing different schools and departments, and come together for a couple of hours to help those in need. They spend their time in the Food Bank warehouse sorting and packaging perishable items such as meat, deli products and bread, or on the line compiling baskets of non-perishable items.
SAIT's Management Council wrapped up a day of learning with a day of caring. Together they stuffed more than 30 boxes with various items such as socks, shampoo, gloves and chocolate which they wrapped and donated to the men and women at the Calgary Dream Centre. It was a great partnership as SAIT and the Calgary Dream Centre are both transforming lives, have fantastic graduation rates, and are each celebrating milestone moments - SAIT's centennial, and the Dream Centre's 1000th graduate from their addiction program. Congratulations!
Little Libraries can be found in neighbourhoods throughout the world, and Calgary is no exception. Doug, from SAIT's Centre for Instructional Technology & Development, used the funding he received to complete two Little Libraries, one at the Edgemont Community Association, and the other at the Calgary Evergreen Community Association. He fundraised and received assistance in order to complete another eight Little Libraries which he placed throughout Calgary. He also offered kits, consisting of cut and painted pieces, to other community associations who would like to build their own libraries. Look for a Little Library in your neighbourhood and enjoy the gift of reading.
Several SAIT employees made their way around the city to place the commemorative SAIT centennial book in 34 little libraries in various communities. The book, released for the 2016 centennial, is filled with the history of SAIT, and it's place in Calgary as the city grew from 1916 to 2016. Watch for a centennial book in your neighbourhood!
The SAIT Alumni & Development department delivered on their promise to help two student families in need have a terrific Christmas morning! From theatre and movie tikets, craft supplies, books, toys, and crockpots; to board games, warm winter sweaters, and gift cards for grocerie,s the A&D team has taken away the stress of the season for two deserving families.
A group of five SAIT employees knitted 108 warm hats which they donated to Alcove Addiction Recovery for Women and The Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Alcove Recovery is a local non-profit organization which strives to break the cycle of addiction, abuse and mental health, and help women turn their lives around, and The Brenda Strafford Society is a second-stage shelter for women and their children who have fled domestic violence. These toques will go a long way in warming families in need this winter.
Together Candice Carrillo & Jacqueline Yakovlev from SAIT's Institutional Planning and Analysis department donated three purses filled with toiletries (shampoo, soap, lotion, tampons, Kleenex), pamper items (lip balm, nail polish, face masks, chocolates) and gently used scarves, shoes and wallets, to Decca Design’s 5th Annual Purses of Hope, helping women in transition. When the purses were dropped off, the staff at Decca Design had just finished getting close to 200 purses ready for distribution!
SAIT Student Services held a book sale in support of the Veteran's Food Bank. The books were all donated by Student Services employees and were sold for $1/paperback and $2/hardcover. They raised $320 which they donated to the Veteran's Food Bank - but their giving didn't end there. Unsold book were given to the library who will sort and donate them to local senior's centres, and children's books in good condition will be included in the family gifts as part of SAITSA's Adopt-a-Family program.
SAITennial Squad volunteers participated in a hands-on cooking experience with Made by Momma. They spent the evening preparing and packaging nutritious meals which are then frozen and delivered to Calgary families served by Made by Momma. Many of the families have a parent undergoing treatments for cancer or other illnesses.
Members of the SAIT Trojan women's soccer team handed out refreshments to the runners in the Calgary half marathon which raises funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. The First Responders Half Marathon brings awareness of first responders and the issues they face in the community.
International students at SAIT got an introduction to hockey with the Trojan men's and women's hockey teams. The students came from the SAIT Global Exchange Network and enjoyed learning about the game.
Students in the Radio, Television, Broadcast News program held a fundraiser at the men's hockey game on Feb. 10. For $5 participants could purchase a puck and 'chuck' the pucks across the ice. The one closest to the prize won. They raised $540 to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society!
SAIT Trojan student athletes toured around campus raising awareness and making some noise for mental health as part of mental health week. The group banged thunder sticks, cheered and clapped as they visited public areas all over campus.
The Trojan women's volleyball team held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for families affected by the fires in Fort McMurray. The $20 fee included supper and door prizes. They also held a silent auction, and at the end of the evening had raised $1,600 which they donated to the Canadian Red Cross and the Keyano College Huskies.
In partnership with the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, the SAIT Trojans participated in the #IBelieveYou campaign. The campaign encourages victims of sexual assault to tell someone, and encourages others to show they believe them. Trojan members put posters up around campus and began a social media campaign.
The SAIT Trojans partnered with the Calgary Inferno of the Professional Women's Hockey League on a social media campaign to promote inclusion in sport. They believe that anyone of any sexuality has the right to play. The UofC Dinos and MRU Cougars were also involved.
The SAIT Trojans donated 1,000 tickets to Kids Up Front Calgary. The charity provides tickets to kids for a variety of events which give them an experience they might not otherwise get to enjoy. Over three weekends families could choose which Trojan sport they'd like to see - volleyball, basketball or hockey.
The SAIT Trojan women's hockey team joined the Calgary Flames, UofC Dinos, and Kassie Campbell-Pascal to help bring the love of hockey to 300 minor hockey players. The team members worked with the young players on their passing, shooting and stick-handling skills.
To help make the holidays special for 100 families, the Trojan women's soccer team 'adopted' a tree through a program with the CORE downtown. Trojan Athletics purchased decorations and the team members spent time downtown decorating their special tree which was then donated to a deserving Calgary family.
The SAIT Trojans women's volleyball team adopted three families this Christmas. The families were adopted through SAITSA which identifies students and their families who can use additional assistance during the holidays. The students purchased gifts with their own money and Trojans Athletics donated services such as swimming lessons.
During the weekend of January 13 and 14, 2017 all SAIT Trojans team wore pink to bring awareness of breast cancer and collecting donations for Team Shan. Team Shan is named after Shanna Larsen who was only 24 when she lost her life to breast cancer. The charity was started by her friends and family to educate the young women and the public that breast cancer is not an older women's disease, and the importance of early detection. Shanna was a SAIT graduate.Read More...
Staff of SAIT residence raised more than $900 towards the purchase of winter wear for the Warm Hands and Warm Feet campaign at Inn from the Cold. Campaign organizers gave them their wishlist and staff used the funds to purchase winter jackets, gloves and socks in youth sizes.
The entire team in the School of Construction, management, administrative staff, and instructors, came together worked together to celebrate 12 Days of Christmas with a variety of projects. Eight members volunteered at the Mustard Seed to sort donations for an afternoon. They held a competition between the different teams (Earned Revenue, Techology, Trades & Support) to see who could donate the most food. The Support Services team won with 60 pounds collected, but over 150 pounds was donated to the SAITSA food bank. The School also hosted a bake sale to raise funds for the Calgary food bank, and raised $170 for that group. Amazing team spirit!
On Dec 23, seven members of the School of Business and one member of CITD cooked up a storm at Ronald McDonald House to serve brunch to families staying at the home. The team prepared food, cooked and did the cleaning up for this wonderful group which provides families of sick children with a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital. They also provide family rooms in the hospital where families can rest and recharge, and through their Care Mobiles they help bring basic medical care to vulnerable communities.
Staff and Faculty from SAIT's MacPhail School of Energy (MSE) collected over 120 gifts, household items and food donations for the Children's Cottage Society (CCS). Five members of the MSE leadership team delivered the donations to CCS, who provide crisis assistance to children and famlies, and received a tour of house. After the tour the team spent the afternoon putting together gift sacks for the children and families, and the team managed to complete the entire list in one afternoon.
Students in the Information Technology Software Development program provided a complete website and database redesign for the Sunrise Native Addiction Services Society. They have been suffering with a lack of funding for their IT infrastructure and this is what the students are training for, it was a perfect match. As part of the project students acquired the components to build a custom-built server, backup system and firewall. This project provided hands-on experience and learning for the students and provided a lasting benefit for the Sunrise Native Addiction Services Society.
SAIT received an architectural model, originally built by Calgary Architectural Models Ltd., and donated to the School of Construction. The Civil Engineering Technology (CVT) faculty set to work to design and build a display case to showcase the large model, which touches almost every type of teaching they provide in the School of Construction. The case and model were unveiled at a special ceremony in December.
On October 27, 2016 IPA spent an inspiring afternoon planting garlic and helping to winterize the farm at Grow Calgary, Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm and home of North America's first urban earthship. Their mission is to grow fresh produce for Compassionate Food Access Agencies in Calgary, to ensure all Calgarians have access to healthy, local food.Read More...
In May, nine students in the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program and one instructor will spend nearly two weeks in Peru to help bring light to a rural community with no access to electricity. They will be working in partnership with Light Up the World (LUTW) to install solar panels on a home or community building (schools, community centres, etc) which will help the communities transition away from using fuel-based lighting. The study abroad trip in Peru will include training, installation of the panels, and testing.Read More...
A dozen SAIT students and two instructors spent their Reading Week making a difference for a family in Guatemala. Instructor Marc Bussiere and ten Architectural Technology students dug and poured the foundation and built some of the walls for a house through a local NGO, Mayan Families, which will be donated to a local family. Local workmen will finish the house, thanks to funds raised by the participants. Photojournalism Instructor, Greg Fulmes, and two Journalism Arts students accompanied the trip to document their work in video, stills and stories. These will be shared with Mayan Families to help them raise awareness and fundraise.
Nicole Dunsdon from SAIT's Corporate Development and Applied Research, and Greg Fulmes, SAIT photojournalist instructor, helped to warm Calgary's needy in November and December. They collected warm coats, mitts, hats and shoes from more than 40 of their coworkers and delivered them to the Calgary Drop-in Centre. While there they also handed out homemade coffee, sandwiches and cupcakes.
SAIT Trojans kicked off their third annual Make Some Noise for Mental Health campaign with a whopping 100-person, live DJ spin class. Spinners included pro-athletes and mental health advocates Jessica Campbell, Anastasia Bucsis and Sheldon Kennedy. The event was part of a much larger student-athlete event that received the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Imagination Award in Oct. 2016.
SAIT staff really stepped up for the annual United Way campaign! Funds were raised through a variety of events including raffles for free parking for a year and a day off with pay, a ball drop event, plane pull, silent auction, and allowing staff to pay to wear jeans for a week. In 2015 SAIT raised $11,756.50, this year they raised $49,863.55!!! Because of their incredible generosity SAIT was nominated for the Quantum Leap Spirits of Gold award from the United Way.
A group of SAIT alumni and guests got together to learn to cook, and also help feed Calgary's most vulnerable. During the popular alumni cooking class held at SAIT's downtown Culinary Campus, guests were asked to bring in a non-perishable food item. The 30 alumni and guests collected more than 100 food items which was delivered to the Calgary Food Bank after the event. Great job!
On a busy weekend in January students from SAIT and MRU participated in the inaugural Construction Specifications Canada Design Competition. The 36 students worked in groups of three to resolve a 150 sq/ft movable structure which will be used by Yo Mamma (Youth Musicians of Music Mile Alliance) for outdoor performances. The students worked all day Saturday and Sunday, and were mentored by 40 industry professionals. On February 10 the winners were revealed and five SAIT students were a part of the top three teams.
Members of the SAIT Trojans women's hockey team posted sticky notes all over campus containing positive messages. The sticky note campaign was part of mental health week and the Trojans Make Some Noise for mental health campaign.
On a cool Sunday in September the SAIT Trojans, SAITSA and SAIT all marched together for the first time in the Calgary Pride Parade. SAIT was one of 125 participating groups in the parade which sees over 60,000 spectators. It was the first time SAIT has joined the Trojans and SAITSA in the parade to show support for LGBTQ students and employees, and the entire LGBTQ community.
This Valentine's Day, SAIT adopted the downtown Calgary blood donor clinic, and hoped to encourage 100 donors to give the gift of life. Volunteers were on-hand at the clinic all day providing heart-shaped cookies and special red SAIT t-shirts to donors. All those who donated blood were also eligible to enter a draw for three great prize packages including SAIT gear, delicious items from the Market Place, and a Highwood gift card. At the end of the day 172 people, including 50 SAIT staff, students, alumni and donors, came to the clinic to donate. Thank you to everyone who gave the gift of life for Valentine's Day!
SAIT women's soccer players purchased socks, underwear and hygiene supplies to donate to those who use the Mustard Seed social services organization. The team had $150 to spend on items after winning a Make150Count grant from RBC. They took the supplies to the Mustard Seed in downtown Calgary.
The monthly cooking classes for SAIT alumni included an additional element starting in January 2017. Attendees were asked to bring in a non-perishable food donation which would be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. More than one hundred food items were collected from the 30 alumni and guests and delivered to the Food Bank. Well done!
SAIT’s Academic Upgrading is working in partnership with Alberta Environment and the Parks, Fish and Wildlife branch of the Bow Habitat Station in Calgary on a Raise and Release program. In January they took delivery of rainbow trout eggs and so far 59 have hatched into alevin. The project will give Biology and Chemistry students a unique opportunity to study elements of the reproductive cycle, and gain valuable applied learning experience as they test abiotic factors such as pH and oxygen levels in the closely monitored aquarium. Once the trout mature, SAIT will participate in the release part of the program which will aid in the conservation of these native fish and draw attention to our role in maintaining a healthy water ecosystem. The program helps to link other SAIT programs such as Environmental Technology and Chemical Engineering Technology.
The SAIT Mental Health and Wellness Committee were handing out snacks to students across campus on January 26, 2017 to remind them to eat healthy for their mental wellness. This was another great event which was part of Mental Health week on campus.
A team of employees in SAIT's School of Business filled 71 stockings for students this Christmas. They collected bags of personal items and fun things, and then shopped for individual items for each stocking. The goal was for each recipient to receive a personal item, to put a special touch on each stocking, and let the recipient know that they were thought of. Each member contributed countless hours in research, shopping and stuffing to make the project a success. Recipient: "I have six children and they will be so excited to receive their stockings!" Volunteer: "So happy to be a part of a team that made Christmas extra special for 71 of our School of Business students and their families. The Christmas stocking project was a perfect way to celebrate SAIT's 100 years, by bettering the lives of our SAIT community and the community at large."
The women of Applied Research and Innovation (ARIS) held another in a series of events aimed at encouraging more women to become invoved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). At the event hosted in Chinook Lodge, a panel of indigenous women talked about the additional barriers facing young aboriginal women who may want a STEM career.Read More...
The SAIT women's basketball team and Trojans Athletic Department filled 25 shoeboxes which were donated to Operational Christmas Child. The shoeboxes are distributed around the world to children in developing countries by Samaritan's Purse.
On January 24 a blood donor clinic was held in the Irene Lewis atrium. During the clinic 93 donors donated blood which has the potential to save up to 279 lives.
Many teams from SAIT participated in the annual lawn bowling fundraiser to raise money for the Amber Webb-Bowerman Foundation. After her tragic death, the foundation was established to honour Amber and fulfill her dreams of supporting emerging artists. Since 2008 the Foundation has raised more than $100,000 supporting scholarships and awards at various institutions, including a scholarship in perpetuity at SAIT in honour of the SAIT grad, who was managing editor of The Weal when she passed away.
In partnership with SAIT's Baking and Pastry Arts student club, SAIT Trojan Athletics and Recreation distributed emoji cookies during mental health week. The cookies, depicting different bright yellow faces, were baked by the baking and pastry arts students.
Grow Calgary is an urban farm growing fresh food for the Calgary Food Bank. This past spring members of the SAIT Trojans women's volleyball team visited Grow Calgary and planted garlic and helped in the garden.
Athletics and Recreation staffer Jaime Eschyshyn volunteered her time as co-chair captain during the 2016 Calgary Corporate Challenge.
Members of the SAIT Trojan women's fastball team volunteered their time at a variety of clinics supporting fastball players in and around the city. Clinics include the Nose Creek Softball Clinic and Catching Clinic, Young Men's Fastball Clinic, Cochrane U16 Softball Clinic, and the Ponoka Minor Softball Clinic.
Athletes on the SAIT Trojan's women's hockey team and staff volunteered their time during the annual Calgary Flames and Sport Check Development Camp. The youth camp, created by Rob Kerr, was hosted through the Flames Foundation's EvenStrength program and HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society), and held at SAIT. The two-day camp included on-ice coaching, classroom instruction, hockey presentations, sport activities, and a big league experience for young participants. They receive instruction based on principles of teamwork, leadership and respect in sport - as they prepare for the upcoming hockey season.
Members of the SAIT Trojan women's hockey team, as well as members of the Trojan Ambassadors Council - a group of 2-3 athletes from each team worked together to create videos promoting concussion awareness and helmet safety. The videos featured Trojan athletes and were shared on various Trojan social media channels, in conjunction with the Governor General's Conference on Concussions in Sport.
The Trojan men's basketball team conducted a basketball clinic with area youth through Catholic Family Services.
Members of SAIT's Athletic and Recreation department played in the annual Golf for Girls 9-Hole Charity Classic, which raises money for Made by Momma. Two Trojan athletes (local sports celebrities) volunteered for the day and played with a couple of foursomes as part of the fundraiser.
Katie Beard, a member of SAIT's women's basketball team, represented SAIT a basketball clinic held in Fort McPherson, NWT. She handed out Trojan SWAG to participants.
SAIT Athletics and Recreation staff packed bags with a towel, shirt, water bottle, razor, deodarant, and toy. The donated the Trojan bags to evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfires who were relocated to the SAIT residence.
Fitness class participants were getting their sweat on for a good cause. For a $2 donation to Kidsport they could attend any SAIT fitness class, and help kids play sports.
Bright and early in the morning on Tuesday, March 14 seven students in SAIT's Administrative Information Management program, three SAIT employees, and one alumni prepared and packed more than 1,100 school lunches. The lunches are prepared and distributed by local Calgary charity, Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. Each day they distribute 3,200 lunches which are delivered to elementary, junior and senior high schools.
A group of six SAIT employees, two alumni, and a School of Business student spent the morning of Monday, March 13 preparing and packaging school lunches for 1,300 Calgary school kids. Each day Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids prepares 3,200 lunches sat their various kitchens for kids in Calgary who would otherwise go without. This project was one of the SAIT-led 100 Projects Project activities, sponsored by Chisholm Mechanical.
School of Business students, Amy Adams and Varda Khan, held a loonie and toonie drive to raise funds in support of the AIM OFPR student club event at Calgary's Ronald McDonald House. They raised nearly $600 through School of Business and AIM OFPR student activities, including a popcorn sale which raised $80.
SAIT Trojans kicked off their third annual Make Some Noise for Mental Health campaign with a whopping 100-person, live DJ spin class. Spinners included pro-athletes and mental health advocates Jessica Campbell, Anastasia Bucsis and Sheldon Kennedy. The event was part of a much larger student-athlete event that received the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Imagination Award in Oct. 2016.
A group of SAIT staff and friends participated in a second cooking activity with local non-profit, Made by Momma. They spent the evening chopping vegetables and preparing nutritious meals which were then frozen for delivery to families served by Made by Momma. It was started as a group of friends helping a mom in their circle who became ill with cancer. She had no family in the city and no real support network to rely on when she was too tired or sick to care for her family, so they made meals to bring over. The women realized there are probably many moms in the city in the same situation, and from that Made by Momma was born.
SAIT staff members and alumni, Jodi Currie and Andrew Crossett, volunteered several hours at the Elbow River Casino in support of Hostelling International. Funds raised from the casino allow the Calgary and area hostels to provide programming and do necessary upkeep to their buildings as they welcome travelers from around the world to our city.
On Thursday, Feb. 16 nine employees from Qualico visited the Canadian Blood Services clinic in downtown Calgary to donate blood. The company, which employees many SAIT graduates, has made a commitment to donate 26 units of blood in 2017. Thank you for being a part of the 100 Projects Project!
Over the past year, staff from the SAIT Summer Camps team have been volunteering their time to take the fun and enjoyment of the summer camps to children at Alberta Children’s Hospital and Rotary Flames House. The SAIT Summer Camps team has been volunteering one Saturday per quarter at either the Alberta Children’s Hospital or Rotary Flames House to bring camp activities to kids (and their families) who may be unable, by the nature of their illness, to attend a camp in a usual setting. The SSC team members bring hands on and engaging activities such as science experiments to these locations and set up a full camp-like experience for the children who attend. The kids are welcomed into the space, given a camp t-shirt and swag bag, and partnered with camp staff who work with them throughout the day.
On February 24, a dozen enthusiastic SAIT friends and alumni volunteered their time to put on an exciting birthday party at the Inn from the Cold shelter for the children and parents living there. They decorated the rooms in streamers and balloons, and the evening started off with a show by “Funny Juggler” Paul Isaak who had everyone in hysterics. There were crafts to make, including decorating and making their own buttons, provided by SAITSA, and games to play. Two cakes – chocolate and vanilla, as well as ice cream, provided by the Inn, were the cherry on top of a fantastic evening for both residents and volunteers.
Employees in SAIT's Office of the Registrar went above and beyond for Calgary's veterans. From Oct. to Dec. 2016 they collected money and food across campus to be donated to the Calgary Veteran's Food Bank. Organizers spurred on donations with fun weekly themes including: Treat Week, Make a Meal Week, Personal Care Week, and Fill the Pantry Week. Staff help bake sales and craft fairs, and charged a donation of change or a non-perishable food item to view their office Halloween decorations. In the end, they collected $2,055 in cash and approximately 54 boxes of food. This is just another testament of the commitment and willingness of the SAIT community to serve others in need.
This is one of a series of events aimed at bringing SAIT students together with staff, alumni, and industry and community members to discuss and explore ways of encouraging more women to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as Trades education at SAIT. This event introduced attendees to the women of ARIS (Applied Research and Innovation Services) - who they are and why they're passionate about helping more women become involved in STEM fields.
Staff in SAIT's Athletics and Recreation department, along with members of the women's volleyball and men's basketball teams, spread the message of anti-bullying on pink shirt day. Photos and messages were shared on social media promoting anti-bullying, and messages on sticky-notes were placed throughout the Campus Centre.
The players on the Trojan's women's volleyball team held a special clinic for a visiting Saskatchewan team. Players from the Ochapowace Sports Academy in Saskatchewan were in town and received drills and instruction from the SAIT team.
Members of the SAIT Trojans men's basketball team headed out of town to host a basketball clinic for players of the Okotoks Rockies 4.
To help create awareness of mental health issues and encourage fan participation, the SAIT Trojans offered free admission to all of their games on Jan. 27 and 28, 2017.
During the Make Some Noise for Mental Health week the SAIT Trojans ran a social media campaign to support awareness of mental health issues. The posts were approved by the Canadian Mental Health Association and featured local Canadian athletes including Sheldon Kennedy, Jessica Campbell, and Anastasia Bucsis.
Members of the SAIT men and women's hockey teams volunteered their time at the Skate with Santa event. The fun event is an annual activity hosted by the Alumni & Development group for SAIT alumni and their families. Participants get some treats, a photo with Santa, and a chance to skate with Trojan athletes and Santa Claus.
Members of the SAIT cross country running team did their part to make a Merry Christmas for children in need around the world. They volunteered their time at the Operation Christmas Child warehouse sorting and packaging shoeboxes as part of their annual shoebox campaign.
Student athletes collected toys during the Battle of the Trojans event in support of the TVT Global Passport toy drive.
SAIT Athletics and Recreation staff and players from the Trojan women's volleyball team participated in the Cycle for YMCA Strong Kids spin event. They took part in a 1-hour stationary bike spin class and promoted the event through their social media channels. The event raises funds for the YMCA Strong Kids program, helping kids who may be facing financial hardships participate in fun activities.
Student athletes on the SAIT women's basketball team held basketball clinics for athletes through the Bow River 4 Junior High.
Participants wanting to attend SAIT fitness classes got a good deal, and helped out students in need. They could take any fitness class for free with a donation to the SAITSA food bank.
Thanks to a grant from Blue Cross, participants receiving counseling in SAIT's Student Development and Counseling department were able to receive personal training and RecX passes at no charge from the Athletics and Recreation group.
Players on the SAIT Trojan women's volleyball team utilized the $150 grant they received through the Make 150 Count RBC Grant to purchase toys which they donated to Ronald McDonald House here in Calgary.
Trojan men's volleyball coach, Sean McKay brought volleyball to youth in Canada's far north. He traveled to Nunavut to teach volleyball as part of the Nunavut Natsiat program.
Spectators to any SAIT Trojans home games on Nov. 11 and 12 who brought a non-perishable food item received free admission. All food collected was donated to the Veterans Food Bank.
Swimming instructors held a second Diving for Dollars event to raise money for Kidsport. Their swim class students were allowed to toss toonies into the deep-end of the pool and instructors would dive down to the retrieve them. After an exciting class they raised $200 to support kids in sport through Kidsport.
Athletes on SAIT's men and women's hockey teams volunteered their time during SAIT's centennial birthday party on Oct. 16, 2016. They were part of the Skate with the Trojans activity held in the Campus Centre and open to the public.
Runners on the SAIT Trojans cross country running team volunteered their time at the Halloween Howl for Diabetes run. The annual run is a family-friendly 3K and 5K fun run, and a 10K chip-timed run where costumes are highly encouraged for participants. All proceeds support the Alberta Diabetes Foundation.
The SAIT Trojans men's volleyball team volunteered their time at a volleyball clinic at Valley Creek School. Afterwards the Trojans took on Ambrose University College, a local private college, in an exhibition game to help raise funds for the school.
The SAIT Trojan men's volleyball team spent a little time with the players of the Foothills Volleyball team in a clinic held prior to their regular season home game.
A couple of winter holidays were made a little brighter at the Calgary Health Trust. A small group of students organized two fundraisers around "Hallmark Holidays". For Valentine's Day they sold candy-grams for $2, and on St. Patrick's Day they sold tater tots in the Gateway for $2. Their holiday festivities raised $670 for the health trust.
Oneball is a Calgary based testicular cancer organization which works with students and other volunteers to raise funds and bring awareness. A group of SAIT students held a social event at Schanks South which included a miniature golf tournament and billiards. Prizes for the winners were donated by the Calgary Flames (signed photos) and Village Brewery (apparel and gift card). Thanks to their efforts they raised more than $250 for Oneball.
A group of students went old school and new in their fundraising efforts for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation. They held a charity car wash and as a group washed cars for 5 hours, raising $175. They also created a GoFundMe online donation page which they shared to their entire networks and on social media. The page had 621 visits, over 100 shares on Facebook, and generated $705 in donations.
Students held a trunk sale in the Irene Lewis Atrium to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. They collected donated items from family and friends, and to encourage donations, they provided a $25 Tim's card to anyone who provided 'junk for their trunk'. After expenses they collected $432 to be donated.
A group of enterprising students in the Project Management l class held a fundraiser in support of the Calgary Humane Society. During an event held at the SAIT Gateway bar one of the members, Zach, was locked in a dog kennel until they reached their fundraising goal of $700. Other team members collected donations and provided information about the Humane Society to Gateway patrons. Not only did they reach their goal and get to release Zach, they raised $812 in their Kennel and Bail event.
As one of the projects in the Project Management l class, students held a fundraiser called "Angels for Alzheimer's". They created an online charity challenge were people could post a video of themselves making a snow angel on social media, tag their friends, and donate. They also did an on-campus fundraiser. For a donation people received a snow angel paper cutout write their favourite holiday memory and post it on display. They raised $460 for the Alzheimer's Society.
About 25 students came out for a chance to meet a new friends during SAITSA's speed friending event at the Gateway bar. The participants played games and ate food - everything one needs to get to know someone new. Friends were made - SUCCESS!
Staff at SAIT's pool held a raffle to raise money to provide swimming lessons for children in low income families. Tickets for the raffle were just $5 each and they raised nearly $200 for Kidsport. Thanks to their fundraising efforts, 16 kids will be able to take swimming lessons.
SAIT's Alumni and Development department provided a mentorship café to participants of the Centennial Mentorship program. They engaged in a speed-mentoring session where protégés were able to ask advice from the mentors on networking, career-building, and professional advice from program participants outside their matches. Afterwards, they took to SAIT's bowling lanes for a little good-natured fun and competition.
More than 100 food items were collected at the monthly alumni cooking class for the Calgary Food Bank. Organizers wanted to add a charitable component to the popular activity to allow alumni and their guests to be more involved. They took to it like white on rice (wink, wink)! The cooking classes at SAIT's downtown Culinary Campus are offered monthly from Jan-June, and Sep-Nov. All food collected was delivered to the Calgary Food Bank.
Through the March 22 blood donor, held in the Stan Grad Centre on SAIT's main campus, Canadian Blood Services collected 104 units of blood, which had the potential to save 312 lives. It was a very successful clinic, surpassing their collection goal. Student volunteers from the School of Health and Public Safety were also on hand registering students and staff in the OneMatch program by collecting registrations and cheek swabs. In total 61 swabs were taken.
Marta Edgar, an Educational Counselor in SAIT's Student Development and Counseling office, participated in the Coldest Night of the Year walk on Feb. 25. The Coldest Night of the Year invites participants to walk either 2, 5 or 10km to raise funds for local charities, and also gain an understanding of the harsh conditions homeless people in our city must endure in the winter months. Marta and her team, the Early Birds, raised $250 and all funds raised at the event will be divided between Feed the Hungry, The Mustard Seed Calgary and Bankview Apartments.
Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids began 26 years ago to ensure school children in Calgary, who would otherwise go without, receive a healthy, balanced lunch. They know healthy bodies equal healthy minds. With good nutrition behaviour and grades can be improved. Volunteers from SAIT's Alumni and Development department and a SAIT grad spent the morning of March 16 in one of Brown Bagging's kitchens preparing and packaging lunches for nearly 1,000 kids.
On Wednesday, March 15 a group of six students in the School of Business' Administrative Information Management program joined five SAIT Library staff to make and prepare lunches for Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. The group prepares 3,200 lunches each school day for kids in Calgary schools. Volunteers made sandwiches, cut up fruit and vegetables, and baked special treats.
SAIT's Anime and Gaming Club (AGC) is a club for students who love anime and gaming. They were looking for a way to give back and found it in Extra Life, which is where gamers play and stream video games to raise money for kids charity. AGC President, Charlene Lingley, and members of the club participated in the gaming which raised $20.90 for the Children's Miracle Network.
Adamo Farah, a staff member in SAIT's Centre for Instructional Technology and Development, and his family were upset by the plight of Syrian refugees and wondered what they could do to help. Through a recommendation from a friend they volunteered with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society and began working with Syrian families locating to Calgary. They help them settle into the city, and introduce them to Canadian culture and life. The Farah's assist the family with their basic and special needs, which can vary from helping to read their mail, to registering for public services such a cable, and obtaining a library card. Volunteering usually requires them to spend two to eight hours per week with the family which was assigned to them. It's a wonderful lesson for the Farah children and a warm welcome for new Calgarians.
SAIT alumni Desmond Nwaerondu lost a friend to cancer when he was just 19 years old. Since then he's been passionate about helping those diagnosed with cancer and now raises money through an annual fundraiser called Des Fights Cancer. The event, which features a local DJ, silent auction, and prizes, raises funds to support cancer survivors financially while they are going through treatments. The extra help encourages and allows people living with cancer to live life to the fullest without financial restrictions. Funds raised support the Calgary Health Trust and Survive & Thrive Cancer Expeditions.Read More...
Guests at the 2017 Trojans Award Dinner had the opportunity to pay a little extra for the pleasure of eating dinner ahead of their tablemates, and also raise money for Kidsport. At the end of the night $517 was raised to help kids play sports.
SAIT men's hockey player, Dave Nippard, held a clothing drive for people in need. All of the clothes he collected were donated to the Salvation Army.
Members of SAIT's men and women's Trojan basketball team joined forces and volunteered their time at a basketball clinic for athletes at the Saint Maria Goretti School.
Students in SAIT's Medical Laboratory Technology program held an information booth in the Senator Burns Rotunda to bring awareness of their profession and provide information to participants. Over three hours, four students provided glucose testing and blood typing for 128 people. There was a lot of interest among students and employees, and many of the program instructors volunteered their time supervising, answering questions and coordinating the waivers.
A hardy group of SAIT employees, student and alumni put their backs into it to help build new homes for six deserving families with Habitat for Humanity. Mother Nature decided to bless the endeavour with some snow so volunteers were inside building walls, installing vapor barrier, and hanging drywall. It was inspiring to read the stories of the families and meet the group of volunteers who share their time several times a week. At the end of the day there was a special sense of accomplishment to see a room go from studs to drywall and know that our community was helping to build theirs.
On May 9, 2017 a group of 34 participants, including 15 SAIT alumni, brought items for Calgary's Food Bank to the monthly cooking class. During the class they learned to make Indian food, and also provided much needed food for people in need.
SAIT students, staff, alumni, and industry friends decorated brown lunch bags during two events hosted by the second year Travel and Tourism classes (Industry Night and TVT Expo). They covered the bags with inspirational sayings, fun drawings and a lot of stickers; personalizing them on behalf of themselves and SAIT. The bags will be donated to Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids which uses them as a thank-you for donations and sponsorships. The local group, which makes and packages school lunches for Calgary kids who would otherwise go without, receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of donors and the community. In total, 110 bags were completed.
In April, 31, 2017 participants, including 15 SAIT alumni, donated items to the Calgary Food Bank as part of the monthly alumni cooking class. The classes are held at the downtown Culinary Campus and the theme for this evening's class was Italian.
The Trojan's Outreach Program was back in action. This time the SAIT's men's hockey team volunteered with the Flames Foundation to help outfit kids with new hockey equipment. The young players are all first-time hockey players aged 4-8 years, and are part of the Learn to Play program.
The AIM OFPR Student Association was started by instructor, Dave Warner, for Office Professional and Administration Information Management students to get involved in fundraising, volunteer, and social and career events. On April 2 seven students and Dave spent the day at Ronald McDonald House in Calgary preparing and serving brunch to the many families currently calling RMH home.
SAIT Dental Instructor, Kim Penner, and one Dental Assisting student headed to Nicaragua with a group of dentists and optometrists for a week-long service trip. The venture, organized through a partnership with the Alberta-based non-profit group, Change for Children, saw the group travel to three different communities in the Chinandega region of Nicaragua, a volcanic area that has been experiencing drought for some time. The student gained invaluable exposure and experience in provding dental care to underserved populations, and villagers were able to access much needed dental and vision care. The trip ended with the inauguration of a community water well, funded through trip participants fundraising efforts.
Players on the Trojan men's volleyball team put their Make 150 Count RBC grant to good use. They purchased $150 worth of schools supplies which they donated to a local elementary school in Calgary.
Members of SAIT's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) student club organized a build day with Habitat for Humanity in March. They fundraised $725, exceeding their goal of $500, and invited members of the executive team, faculty advisors and club members to join. On build day 12 students, mainly from SAIT's School of Construction, helped on a 6-plex currently being built in Bowness. This was the first event for this newly formed student club, who have plans to make it an annual event.
SAIT staff member Marta Edgar climbed the 1,188 steps of Calgary's Bow Building as part of the annual Climb for Wilderness fundraiser. The event's a goal is to increase public awareness of wilderness, wildlife and wild water in Alberta. It was held for 25 years in the Calgary Tower but moved to the iconic Bow Building for the first time in 2017. Marta raised $115. Great job!
It was a hockey tournament for a cause taking place in NE Calgary. A group of SAIT students organized a 3-on-3 hockey tournament to raise funds for Pawsitive Match, a Calgary animal rescue society. Through sponsorships and entry fees the group raised $857.50 to be donated to help the organization rescue cats and dogs in emergency situations.
Students in the Project Management class held a bottle drive on two weekends in Calgary to help raise money for MitoCanada. The organization provides support and awareness to all Canadians affected by Mitochondrial Disease. The group targeted five Calgary neighbourhoods and collected enough bottles and cans to provide a donation of $605.70 to MitoCanada.
A group of students held a fun charity fundraiser to collect donations for Ronald McDonald House Calgary. They held a pop-a-balloon event and a jelly bean guess. More than 50 people attended and for a donation participants could toss a tennis ball at a wall of balloons to win a prize. They could also guess the number of jelly beans in a jar for a chance at a prize. The group raised $300 for RMH!
The Alberta Children's Hospital received a $525.50 donation courtesy of a group of SAIT students. They held a live music event at the Gateway bar with games and a head shaving event. Once their goal of raising $500 was made one of their group had his head shaved. Talk about taking one for the team!
Life is made better by puppies, and that's what one group of students was hoping for. They held a Pet a Puppy event in SAIT's Chinook Lodge to raise money for Pawsitive Match. More than 150 people made a donation to come in and spend time with 10 dogs of all shapes and sizes. There was an information booth for Pawsitive Match and a draw for three prizes donated by local sponsors. The cuddly pooches helped the student group raise $820 to donate to the organization. Woof!
A group of industrious Project Management students held a fun event with candy and games to raise funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Their efforts raised $1,805.90 for this worthwhile organization.
A group of students set up donation boxes to help a organization called Children's Birthday Miracle. The group provides birthday parties for underprivileged children in Vancouver, Calgary, Tanzania and Kenya. Through their efforts the students raised $625.55 so every kid gets a birthday party.
Good karma abounds when this group of students set their mind to help the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. They arranged seven Karma yoga classes with all proceeds donated to the organization. In total they raised $940 - good karma indeed!
The Calgary Humane Society received a boost from a group of SAIT Project Management students. The students hosted a donation table at a local Superstore, and held a family-friendly event at the Dalhousie Community Centre. It featured games, an animal zone, candy bar, craft table, photo booth, building competition, and a spin wheel. Their efforts helped raise $1,306.25 for the Humane Society.
Members of SAIT's Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni Circle donated two copies of their favourite book to SAIT's Reg Erhardt Library for students to enjoy. Titles such as Robert's Rules of Order and The Fruit Hunters are just a sample of the diverse and thoughtful books donated to inspire students.
SAIT's Facilities Management department held their annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Every year they hold a 50/50 raffle and all proceeds go towards Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. This year they collected $500 for the shelter and it's important work. Great job!
More than 50 alumni volunteers and friends braved a chilly, rainy morning to participate in the 50th Annual City of Calgary Pathway and River Clean Up. Our designated area was around the perimeter of a large neighbourhood in NE Calgary which had pathways, a duck pond, lots of green space and sidewalks. Over the course of three hours the volunteers collected more than 80 bags of garbage, two bikes, scrap metal, a barbecue grate, and even found two $100 bills - which sadly turned out to be counterfeit. The annual pathway clean-up not only makes our city look cleaner, but it provides a safer environment for our citizens and wildlife. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Staff in the SAIT's School of Hospitality and Tourism visited Brenda's House, an emergency shelter for families currently experiencing homelessness, to see how they could help. They discovered the kitchen lacked some cooking tools and a store room needed shelving and organization, so they set to work. They purchased and delivered a Cuisinart mixer, microwave, toaster, industrial can opener, various cook books and other kitchen gadgets to a very grateful cook. Later, students from the Hospitality Management student club, TIED IN, and staff purchased and assembled some much needed storage shelving and organized the linen and diaper areas. The TIED In club plans to make this an annual project.
For ten years the members of SAIT's Facilities Management department have held a raffle during their annual golf tournament, with proceeds donated to the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. After their June 2016 tournament they donated $600 to the Women's Shelter which helps women, children, youth and men recover from the effects of violence and abuse.
This spring, SAIT's School of Hospitality and Tourism will be providing experience, skills, and some financial assistance to Wood's Homes to create a kitchen garden at their facility. Wood's Homes is a children's mental health centre that has been helping families for more than 100 years. The garden at Wood's Home, which will be located on a gentle slope next to 16 Ave NW, will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about gardening and horticulture.
Ashley Naud, SAIT employee, volunteers her time to make a real difference in the lives of people in the community. She is currently creating posters and social media content for the Calgary Harm Intervention and Prevention Task Force to help promote safe partying at festivals and events over the summer. She also volunteers to help run monthly women's group nights at Calgary's Mustard Seed.
Sarah Kromm, a busy mom and SAIT employee, volunteers her time with the Kincora Community Association Board as the Director of Events. She also volunteers as event support for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation. Great work!
Local glass artist and SAIT employee, Michelle Atkinson, donated her handcrafted glass artwork for auction to the Avalanche Canada's fundraiser. Nearly $70,000 was raised at the annual Calgary event which supports avalanche safety programs.
SAIT employee Michelle Atkinson donated one of her handmade glass bowls to an annual fundraising event. Proceeds raised at the event went toward the Candlelighters Association's programming. The Candlelighters Association is a non-profit organization which provides programs, services and support for families affected by childhood cancer.
SAIT employee and local artist, Michelle Atkinson, donated one of her beautiful glass bowls to a fundraising event for the Breakfast Clubs programming. The Breakfast Club aims to ensure every kid gets a nutritious morning meal before school starts so every child can realize their full potential.
In April 2016, SAIT employee and local art glass artist, Michelle Atkinson, donated some of her glasswork to be auctioned off at the Avalanche Canada Fundraiser. All proceeds raised at the annual event in Calgary support avalanche safety programs.
Corey McKeown in SAIT's Alumni & Development department volunteered his time this year to coach the 2016/2017 Airdrie U5-6 boys soccer team. Great job!