Orillia Campus community projects inspire audience
April 10, 2015

Four women smile into the camera, one holding a Georgian document.

The Dress for Success student group helped grow the Orillia/Barrie chapter through social media and a newsletter.

Faculty, students and community partners gathered at the Orillia Campus this week to hear soon-to-be Social Service Worker graduates talk about their recent community projects. Eight groups discussed what they set out to do, what they achieved and what they learned over the course of these 14-week initiatives facilitated by the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Some highlights:

  • Sharing Place Food Bank: Students delivered workshops and created brochures to educate young people about hunger and poverty.
    Awareness of Blind Cord Safety: One grad created a registered non-profit to raise awareness of the dangers of the cords attached to window blinds.
  • Orillia Youth Centre: A group helped lay the groundwork for a social enterprise that will hire young people to make, can and sell salsa.
  • Elizabeth Fry Society: Students helped raise awareness of the Simcoe chapter of the society with a newsletter.
  • RE-CODE: Students researched donor recognition opportunities and helped to plan the McConnell Foundation launch at the Orillia Campus.
  • Dress for Success: Students helped grow the Orillia/Barrie chapter through social media and a newsletter.
  • Camp Couchiching and Stand Up! Against Bullying: Students organized “Oh-Thrill-Ya,” a talent show that engaged the mayor, their local MPP and several organizations.
  • Wellness Labyrinth: Students helped raise awareness of the wellness labyrinth at the Orillia Campus through social media, Georgian’s website and a stress-free day.

Georgian’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship promotes innovative and transformative social change processes in our local communities through collaborative partnerships, experiential learning opportunities and scholarly research.