College staff and faculty tackle community work this week
WHITEHORSE – Stocking shelves at the Food Bank, fixing nets at the Canada Games Centre, painting fences at the Wildlife Preserve, and repairing the pump house fence at McIntyre Creek.
These are some of the community projects over 150 Yukon College staff and faculty members will be volunteering for as part of their annual Fall Huddle this week.
“Our theme this year is Your College in the Community,” said Jennifer Moorlag, chair, School of Management, Tourism & Hospitality and one of the event organizers.
“The idea came from the staff and faculty. Many of our staff are involved in a range of community groups and felt this would be a positive way to focus our energy. We wanted to give back.”
The college volunteers will spend two and a half hours tackling one of 12 activities on Wednesday morning. The volunteer placements came from a mix of staff suggestions and advice from the Volunteer Bureau.
“It ultimately came down to need, where we can do the most good, the tasks that were available, and who had the ability to handle a large group of volunteers descending on them for a single morning,” said Moorlag.
College president, Karen Barnes, said that the Fall Huddle is a day to energize the staff and faculty ahead of the new academic year, as well as reflect upon the previous year and recognize staff achievements.
“It brings everyone together, including staff from the campuses around Yukon,” said Barnes.
“Giving back to our community is a great way to bring about a positive burst of energy that will carry us into the new year as we welcome our students.”
Participating staff and faculty will head out across the city beginning at 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday August 29th.
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