Events and Charity Initiatives
During the academic year, members of the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society participate in and plan various events and charity initiatives.
Every year in September, before the start of classes, the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS) hosts an opening reception for all members. During this event, first year members are welcomed and information for the upcoming year is presented. In addition, all members are given the opportunity to meet University faculty and staff from various departments.
Every year, on the first saturday after the start of the school year, the members of the BLCS take part in Brock University's Shinerama Campaign, organized by Brock University Student's Union (BUSU). On Shine Day BLCS members work together to wash cars and collect donations. All of the money raised through the Shinerama Campaign goes towards Cystic fibrosis research.
Play For Memories
For the past 5 years, the first year BLCS members have planned and run a charity ball hockey tournament with the guidance and support of upper year members. To date the annual tournament has raised over $30,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.
Senior Citizens Prom
Members of the BLCS came together to plan and run a Valentines Day Senior Citizens Prom for the residents of West Park Health Centre in St. Catharines. The event has been run for two years and provides everyone involved with a night full of food, music and dancing. One resident of West Park Health Centre said, "I will never forget this for the rest of my life".
Walker Family Cancer Centre Fundraiser
Members of the BLCS have organized two breakfast fundraisers, with proceeds being donated to the new Walker Family Cancer Centre in St. Catharines. This event has raised over $2,300, all before lunch!
Namibia Initiative (Out of Uniform for Uniforms)
In preperation for a mission trip to Namibia, a BLCS member proposed an initiative to raise funds to help purchase uniforms for the children at The Bernard Nordkamp Center in Namibia. Local high schools were invited to participate in an Out of Uniform for Uniforms Campaign, in which students paid two dollars to dress down for a day, with the proceeds going towards purchasing uniforms. Our BLCS member was able to bring $2,092 with her to Namibia, which was used to purchase uniforms, as well as necessities such as clean drinking water and school supplies.
5 Days for Homeless Benefit Concert
Members of the BLCS teamed up with other student organizations at Brock University to organize a benefit concert to raise awareness of homelessness in the Niagara Region. The event was run in partnership with the annual 5 Days for Homeless Campaign which works to increase awareness of homelessness and raise donations for local charitable organizations supporting homeless and at-risk youth across the country. All proceeds from the concert went to support the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign and Community Care: an organization that helps children in need.
DSBN Academy Initiative
The DSBN Academy is a public school in the Niagara Region that focuses on supporting and empowering students to attend and graduate not just from high school, but also from college or university. The school offers its students a variety of extra-curricular activities. Members of the BLCS worked with the principal of the school to develop a program for the students, which focused on building leadership and citizenship. With the guidance of BLCS members, the students organized a talent show and raised money for the local humane society.
Brock Teens for Jeans
Members of the BLCS organized “Teens for Jeans,” a jean drive that supports homeless youth. As a result, the BLCS successfully collected over 200 jeans, which were donated to homeless youth in Niagara. Teens for Jeans is a National campaign in both Canada and the United States organized by DoSomething.org, an organization for young people creating social change. Nationally, the campaign collected 802,488 pairs of jeans. Brock University was one of the first Universities to participate in this initiative.
Each semester the BLCS hosts an informal social gathering for all of the members. These gatherings provide the opportunity for members to take a break from the hectic school year and get to know each other better.
Year End Formal
At the conclusion of the academic year, the BLCS hosts a formal reception for all members, as well as for our community and University partners. During this reception graduating members are honoured and society awards are presented; including the Award of Merit, Society Advancement Award, Spirit of the BLCS Award and the Lasting Impression Award.