WUSC 2012-2013

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By Brenna Farren

As the 2012-2013 school year draws to a close, WUSC UNBSJ would like to take the opportunity to look back on all that has happened and also to thank those who have shown us their amazing support.

In the fall of 2013, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) UNBSJ saw the return of only two previous executive members; we quickly grew into a group of five students from various faculties who were dedicated to helping WUSC UNBSJ meet our goals. We rapidly organized several small, but successful, events at UNBSJ, including a bake sale, bottle drive and movie night and felt we were moving in the right direction.

With December came unforeseen administration issues but we were able to move past these and renew our focus on the true mission of the WUSC UNBSJ committee. We’ve created a new foundation that’s more effective and efficient. The experiences of this year have taught us some very important lessons and we feel we’re leaving WUSC in good condition for next year’s committee, both returning members and new.

With our new focus we have increased awareness of refugee issues at UNBSJ and throughout the Greater Saint John area. With the additional small events we’ve held since the New Year, including two themed bake sales, a Valentine’s Day Raffle Draw and a penny drive and the upcoming results of the SRP Referendum, we, as a team, feel we are on track to meet our goal of bringing a refugee to UNBSJ in the fall of 2014.

On behalf of the WUSC UNBSJ executive, I would like to send special thanks to the UNBSJ SRC, Dr McKinnon’s office, WUSC Canada, our advisors Bonnie Sudul and Keith Dewar, and the UNBSJ Campus for showing us such great support this year!

WUSC UNBSJ is always looking for volunteers and we’re currently recruiting for the executive of 2013-2014. If you’d like more info, please feel free to send us an e-mail at wuscsj@gmail.com.

Here’s to a great 2013-2014 year!