May 25, 2024



Since 2008 Conestoga’s Student Life department has worked with the human services foundation program to raise money for United Way.

Ian Kearney and Janina Robinson are both Student Life co-ordinators who assist on campus with the fundraiser.

Debashis Dutta, program co-ordinator of the human services foundation program, said his students will hold Halloween-oriented activities Oct. 29-31 in the Student Life Centre.

The students are split into three groups: organization and logistics, sponsorship and advertising, and community liaison.

“The HSF program is a one-year certificate program designed to help students who are oriented to community service to discover their program of choice and to hone their interest in such programs as early childhood education, recreation and leisure or social services amongst others,” Dutta said.

Agencies who benefit from United Way funding will set up booths in the Student Life Centre at this year’s event. They include the House of Friendship, the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre and the Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis. Representatives think it is important to be on campus to educate and connect with students.

The human services foundation students will fundraise by asking passersby to play short games or buy raffle tickets to win prizes.

Student Life and the human services foundation program have contributed an average of $1,600 toward the college’s total in years past. Last year, Conestoga’s overall goal was $50,000 and they exceeded that thanks to student efforts and faculty and staff contributions.

This year’s campaign officially kicks off Nov. 11 and runs until Nov. 18. Officials have set a goal of $50,000 which will go to the K-W United Way.