Pancake breakfast kicks off Campus Community Appeal
The Campus Community Appeal kicked-off its 2010 campaign last
week with breakfast at Grant Hall.
“The annual breakfast is a significant campaign event offering members of the Queen’s community an opportunity to come together to celebrate the people and the work they do here,” said David McConomy, Campus Community Appeal Faculty Co-Chair.
Display booths at the breakfast highlighted some of the unique projects and initiatives that could benefit from support through the Appeal.
“The Appeal breakfast offers a nice, informal setting to talk with people from across the campus,” said Paul Carl, Office Assistant at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, which offers programming and support to the university’s Aboriginal community. “Not everyone has visited Four Directions, so this is one of the few opportunities we have to bring our centre to the Queen’s community and really profile ourselves.”
Again this year, faculty, staff and retirees can direct their donations to a specific department, faculty or initiative.
“Philanthropic support is very important to us; a large portion of our funding comes from donors, and even a small donation can be put towards a project to attract larger grants,” said Kari Hurst, Coordinator, Administration and Special Projects at the Human Research Centre, which also had a display.
Donations also play a vital role in supporting the Ban Righ Foundation, which operates the Ban Righ Centre and supports mature women’s education through bursaries, informal counseling and advocacy assistance. “Without support and donations like those we get through the Community Appeal, we wouldn’t exist,” said Karen Knight of the Ban Righ Centre.
The Campus Community Appeal is the major workplace fundraising campaign for Queen’s and runs from February to April. For more information on the Appeal, or to become a volunteer go to www.queensu.ca/communityappeal