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Melissa Forster - who has written 11 posts on McGill Alumni Portal.


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Volunteer at Community Engagement Day

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Volunteer at Community Engagement Day

Did you know that 46% of Canadians over the age of 15 volunteer? Donating your time can have a positive effect on you, the people you help, and your community. It can also help you build skills, make new connections and be a lot of fun!

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Engineers Without Borders: changing the world

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Engineers Without Borders: changing the world

Can international development be sustainable? The McGill chapter of Engineers Without Borders Canada thinks so, and is trying to help make it a reality with its Junior Fellowship (JF) program. The JF program spans 18 months; students are trained here at McGill, spend the summer in various African Countries to work on a variety of projects, and then share what they have learned when they return to Canada

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OMG – growing organic!

Monday, April 16, 2012

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OMG – growing organic!

It’s something you do all the time. You go to the grocery store to buy fruits and vegetables. It’s convenient and they’re arranged all nicely for you to put in your grocery cart, but do you ever think of where this food comes from, or what happens to it before it reaches your produce section? Where were they grown, and how much pesticide is used are they subjected to?

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Class Action 2012 Kicks Off

Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Class Action 2012 Kicks Off

It’s that time of year again: Class Action 2012, the student-driven fundraising campaign, kicks off to raise money for a new and exciting initiative. Students voted on their favorite project, and their decision was clear - they picked the on-campus greenhouse project.

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New Seeds project really puts smiles on faces

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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New Seeds project really puts smiles on faces

We are happy to announce a new Seeds of Change project! The Faculty of Dentistry’s Outreach Program has joined our roster of worthwhile projects. The Outreach Program runs a mobile clinic that travels out to local communities to provide free dental care to patients who normally wouldn’t be able to afford treatment.

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Class Action 2011: BYOB Kiosk Having a Big Impact

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Class Action 2011: BYOB Kiosk Having a Big Impact

We’ve reached our goal – Class Action 2011 has raised $13,000! That amount pays for the cost of the mobile water kiosk that dispenses purified municipal water, which the Office of Sustainability so nicely purchased for us even before all the funds were raised. That way we could have it in time for Convocation.

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A bit of Canadiana in Africa

Monday, August 1, 2011

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A bit of Canadiana in Africa

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they even come in the form of an iconic part of Canadian culture. One of the projects at Seeds of Change, the Kibale Health and Conservation Project in Uganda, receives a donation of a different kind: tuques made in Vancouver, B.C. They are hand-knitted by Edith Leroy, whose nephew, McGill Anthropology Professor Colin Chapman, co-founded the Kibale Project six years ago.

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Valuable summer experience

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Valuable summer experience

It may be summertime, when the textbooks and study notes are packed away, but it doesn’t mean learning necessarily takes a break. Some McGill students are continuing their education through the Faculty of Arts Internships program – 83 lucky students, to be exact. This summer’s group of Internship Awards winners are going to gain valuable work experience in their fields of study around the world, from Guadalajara to Geneva, to Phnom Penh and Nairobi.

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What does $50 mean to you?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

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What does $50 mean to you?

It’s really easy to spend $50. I know I can go shopping and buy a new shirt or have a fun Saturday night out with friends – and poof, suddenly my pockets are a whole lot lighter. But when the shirt goes out of fashion and the outing’s a distant memory, what’s left? I’m now aware that there are other ways to spend my money; ones that make me feel good beyond the instant gratification of a purchase. For instance, I can make a philanthropic gift and be part of the collective impact of a meaningful cause or project. Like many other young alumni, I thought that giving a small amount wouldn’t make a difference, but I now know it does. It sounds cliché, but each gift does add up – every drop in the bucket counts.

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Class of 2011 is Leaving its Mark

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Class of 2011 is Leaving its Mark

Excitement is in the air at this time of year for the graduating class. They are finish up their final exams, preparing for the next chapter of their lives and crossing their fingers that spring will be arriving soon. But something else graduating students are doing is saying thank you to McGill by leaving their legacy with a class gift.

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