Students host gala for Operation Smile
August 08, 2012

Students from the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at the Barrie Campus hosted a fundraiser in support of Operation Smile on Aug. 2 in the Georgian Dining Room.

Communicative Disorders Assistant students are all smiles after a successful fundraiser at the Barrie Campus.

Operation Smile is an international organization that is dedicated to providing cleft lip and/or palate, facial tumor or burn surgeries at no cost to children and adults, predominantly in developing countries. Each surgery costs approximately $240. Through their fundraising efforts, students surpassed their pledge of five surgeries and raised $3,128.85 – enough to cover 13!

Organizers wish to thank Patricia Vidov, guest speaker from Operation Smile. Patricia shared stories of the journey people with cleft lip and/or palate go through and highlighted the importance of the many dedicated volunteers.

Community members, Georgian staff, faculty and students were treated to a delicious meal and delectable desserts prepared by students in the Hospitality and Tourismprogram. The evening was topped off by door prizes, a raffle and silent auction, with items generously donated by local businesses.

Communicative Disorders Assistant students pose with faculty member Marvia Mitchell (centre, right).

Thank you to Dean Mary O’Farrell-Bowers and Associate Dean Aaron Gouin for attending the event and supporting students.

An additional heartfelt thank you to all who supported the campaign and helped students achieve their ambitious fundraising goal!

You have all played an important part in changing the lives of 13 people with a cleft lip and/or palate.