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Giving back to the community

[Family Medicine fundraising]
Queen’s Department of Family Medicine HR co-ordinator Vanessa Patterson passes donations over to Sandy Singers, executive director of the Partners in Mission Food Bank. (University Communications)

The Queen’s Department of Family Medicine has adopted the Partners in Mission Food Bank as its Charity of the Year, and launched its annual fundraising campaign by raising close to $1,800 at its Christmas party.

An initiative of the department’s WorkLife Balance Committee, donating to a different charity each year provides staff and faculty members an opportunity to give back to their community as a team. Previous charities have included KFL&A Public Health’s Dental Treatment Assistance Fund and CanAssist, a Kingston-based registered charity that works to support sustainable infrastructure projects in East Africa.

A component of the department’s Christmas party is a fun competition among teams of faculty and staff members to produce the most entertaining video. This year’s winning team, from the department’s Centre for Studies in Primary Care, donated its prize, a $500 Visa card, to the food bank. Coupled with the evening’s individual donations of $1,270, the total raised was $1,770. Other WorkLife Balance-sponsored events throughout the year will supplement this initial donation.