Georgian student changemaking projects celebrated at 1920s-themed award show
August 14, 2019

Social Service Worker and Child and Youth Care students at the Orillia Campus participated in Community Impact Projects (CIP) over the summer semester, partnering with local organizations to develop solutions to pressing community challenges.

The Roaring CIPies – a 1920s-themed award show held at the Leacock Museum on Aug. 6 – featured the students’ work and was an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments while also concluding a year-long #iseeyou hack on social isolation.

Students were challenged to share their ideas or solutions to an audience of approximately 60 people through a compelling five-minute pitch.

“The CIPpies was one of the most empowering experiences of my life,” says Brittney Di Gaetano, a third-year Child and Youth Care student. “It was the first time I gave a presentation where I genuinely cared about the content and knew it could make a real difference.”

Four female students dressed up in 1920s outfits at the award show

Changemaking concepts showcased at the event

Domestic Hacks – partnership with Georgian’s Segal International Centre

A social platform where students can access information and resources needed within their community. The ultimate goal is to make the transition to living in Canada less stressful and easier for international students.

Couchiching Compass – partnership with Couchiching Jubilee House

A simple app that allows children and youth to express their wants and needs. Businesses and the broader community can respond to those needs and provide opportunities.

#allaboutYOUth – partnership with the County of Simcoe

A mentorship program that helps youth purchase décor for their new space after leaving a group home or shelter. Youth are matched with a mentor who assists with life skills, time management and budgeting.

Still Getting Carded – a partnership with Firebird Cycle

Firebird Cycle provides modified bikes to assist those living in retirement centres with mobility issues.

“It’s absolutely amazing to see the growth in all the students through the CIP program,” says Laura Koza, one of Georgian’s CIP liaisons. “I’m incredibly proud of each of them and the creative ideas they came up with.”

Group of students dressed in 1920s clothing pose for group photo at awards show at Leacock Museum

Some of the awards handed out

  • Got Yo’ Back: Presented to Rhett Harrison, incoming Georgian College Students’ Association president at the Orillia Campus. Rhett showed CIP students unparalleled support for their projects.
  • Alumni of the Year: Presented to Francesca Loffreda, a graduate of Georgian’s Child and Youth Care program and former CIP student. Francesca was recognized for taking the skills and mindsets she learned during her time as a Georgian student and applying them out in the community.
  • CIP Ally: Presented to Michelle Henderson, County of Simcoe; and Robb Meier, Firebird Cycle. Both Michelle and Robb worked with Georgian students over three semesters this year on their projects.
  • Idea of the Year: Presented to Child and Youth Care students Kayla Borden, Hailey Diamond and Miranda McQueen. The students co-founded Bear the Bag, a universal backpack co-created with homeless youth.
Crowd shot of 1920s-themed award show

Did you know?

Georgian is Canada’s first – and only – changemaker college, recognized by Ashoka U for our leadership in social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

Our students believe they can change the world – and we do too!

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