Nutana Collegiate is one of two Saskatoon Public Schools’ collegiates recognized for their philanthropic and volunteer commitment to local charitable organizations.
Nutana Collegiate received an Honoured Supporter Award during the 2015 National Philanthropy Day luncheon held Nov. 13, while Centennial Collegiate received the Youth in Philanthropy Award.
The work of students at Nutana in supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the volunteerism and leadership aspects of its Tourism 30 course was recognized by the foundation during the awards event.
Principal Wendy Benson says students in the course learn about event planning and preparation as part of their course work and they put that learning into action by supporting the work of community organizations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“Part of the requirement is to put in volunteer hours and they have been quite supportive of any volunteer activities. That is one of our go-to volunteer places,” Benson said of the foundation. “The award is a great recognition of the students. They were thrilled to be a part of it and it’s great for them to be out in the community and part of the process.”
Nutana Collegiate students have assisted the foundation with inventory, creating canvasser maps and performing other administrative tasks.
“Students really enjoy volunteering for the Heart and Stroke Foundation because they see it as relevant, meaningful and applicable to their own lives,” according to the message included in the event’s program.
Teacher Valerie Garbe and students Nicole Prokop, Justin Thresher, Wadandi Karerama and Amber Wenarchuk accepted the recognition on behalf of the school.
Centennial Collegiate was recognized for its support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan through its annual Centennial Charger Charity Classic Basketball Tournament that has raised more than $10,000 for the foundation since 2010.
According to the event program, “encouraging a culture of philanthropy at Centennial Collegiate empowers students to take an active role in changing lives, giving them the skills and resources they need to make a difference in their community.”