Grad students make community outreach a priority
Published on December 17 2013
Leslie Nash knew that planning a semi-formal gala for graduate students as a community fundraiser to benefit Wellspring Niagara was an ambitious undertaking.
Nash is a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences and the Vice-President of Communications for Brock’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). She pitched the gala idea to a very receptive GSA executive group in the summer. After that, there was no turning back.
Nash led the planning and organizing of the October event from overseeing ticket sales to the donations of items for the gala silent auction. Helping her along the way were members of the GSA executive.
Nash admits that dividing time between the demands of graduate research and planning the gala created some stressful days but it was all worth it. A few weeks ago, representatives of the GSA delivered a cheque for $3,400 to Phil Gourlay, special events and fundraising co-ordinator at Wellspring.