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When you take into account lectures, seminars and subsequent homework that stems from each, a student’s life can be hectic enough, never mind the extracurricular activities they participate in.
However, for 4th year concurrent education student Krissa Donahue, she was able to find time - between her homework, her job and her volunteering – to make a significant difference in her community.
“During the past month and a half I have raised awareness about my work as a leader, promoted Brock University, its student life as well as prepared and hosted an event,” she said.
The event Donahue organized took place at Westmount Public School, where she kick-started their Halloween for Hunger campaign, donating 471 cans of food.
But it didn’t end with just a donation.
“Later that day I had 38 students affiliated with the school’s Me to We club listen to Adam Venning’s (Volunteer and Charities Coordinator at BUSU) speech on the importance of volunteering, learn a dance from Brock Dance instructors, completed a craft and had some healthy snacks,” said Donahue of the busy day. “Since my event, the school has collected a record amount of cans (1,000) for Community Care.”
Needless to say, Donahue was proud of her event’s success and knew that if not for her volunteers and the contributions from Brock Dance and her food sponsors, none of it could have been possible.
As a result of her selfless work, Donahue was recently recognized by Samsung’s Mobile Canada team, who presented her with a first place prize in the form of a $1,500 scholarship for placing 4th overall in Samsung’s National Leadership Program. Donahue also won a new Samsung Galaxy S3 for making it into the top-20 in Canada.
“I was stunned when I received the phone call from Samsung -I never though going about my daily life would have an impact on others,” she said. “I could not have succeeded without my supportive family and friends.”
Donahue had overwhelming support on the day that she was presented her prize, with friends, classmates, family as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Education, members of BUSU and others in attendance.
Dean, Fiona Blaikie, was extremely happy to be part of the event and opened the morning with remarks of pride and appreciation for what Donahue has accomplished while a member of the Faculty of Education, including volunteering with the faculty’s Reading Clinic.
Aspiring to be a primary school teacher, Donahue’s passion to teach and work with youth will benefit future generations of children as she is eager to instill the idea of being the best you can be to children at an early age.