Haven Society Receives $3,000 Donation From VIU’S Mba Challenge

April 4, 2014 - 8:45am

International students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Master of Business Administration (MBA) program have donated $3,100 they raised in a competitive fundraising challenge to Nanaimo’s Haven Society.

The class of 90 students rose to the annual MBA Team Fundraising Challenge issued by Dr. Dave Twynam, Dean of the Faculty of Management when their program started in January. Breaking into three teams, they developed fundraising initiatives that included a rose sale on Valentine’s Day, a Valentine’s dance at The Cambie, raffle ticket sales, and an international buffet featuring homemade cuisine from more than a dozen countries.

The winning team – calling themselves the “72 Giants” – raised the most funds and had their team name inscribed on the Mike Mann trophy, named for the former dean of the Faculty of Management.

Dr. Twynam suggested Haven Society as the beneficiary for the MBA cohort’s fundraising efforts, and joined students, faculty and Haven Society representative Christine Gross at a reception in March to celebrate the winning team.

As Haven Society’s resource development coordinator, Gross had a chance to spend time with the students and hear about their many fundraising ideas.

“Your enthusiasm was contagious,” she told the students. “Your efforts really made a difference. It’s not just dollars — it’s people in your community, and you’ve helped change lives.”

David Woodward, MBA internship coordinator, said international students in the MBA program — from more than 20 different nations in the world – enjoyed the chance to fundraise for a good cause, and, in some cases, make connections that may lead to internship opportunities in the community.

“It’s a huge team project that gives MBA students an excellent opportunity to connect with the community,” he said.

The Haven Society will use the funds in their work to support and promote the safety of women and children in Nanaimo and area.


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