By Chris Hibbs
Special to the Gazette
Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the trash lining the
sidewalks of Prince Philip Drive on your ride to work this
morning? No? Well there is a good reason for this –
approximately 280 students participated in Celebrate Memorial’s
community service day this past Saturday morning and pitched
in to rid the ditches and sidewalks of, what ended up being,
a large amount of refuse.
That wasn’t the only project that day, as Memorial
students ventured out to plant trees, clean a hiking trail,
and help out at Day Break Parent-Child Centre's Family Fun
According to Memorial’s dean of student affairs and
services, service learning is an integral part of students'
educational experience at Memorial University. Dr. Lilly
Walker says it is seen as a critical link between a student’s
scholastic and professional development – a connection
to the community that is fostered through volunteer initiatives.
“This was the first, and by no means last, Community
Service Day,” she said.
Dr. Walker also chaired the Celebrate Memorial 2003 committee.
While the Community Service Day provided a momentous end
to the 10 days of Celebrate Memorial activities, this past
week was not short in spectacles and out-reaching activities.
The musical acts supplied by the music school continued
to impress bystanders with varied tunes in random campus
The return of alumna and singer Christa Borden to campus
marked a successful and energetic, fun-filled open mic night
at the Breezeway on Wednesday past.
The Volunteer Fair, also on Wednesday, epitomized what Celebrate
Memorial engenders: establishing vital connections with
the larger community, be it university, municipal, provincial
or international. The fair truly showcased how broad involvement
on campus and within the community can be, suiting the volunteer
interests of a diverse range of people.
Time to evaluate
This is the fourth year for Celebrate Memorial (following
on the heels of the university’s Festival of Anniversaries
back in 1999-2000), and organizers are already thinking
about next year. As Dr. Walker, explains, “While this
year’s activities proved successful, we would like
to see future celebrations with even greater involvement
from the student body and the wider community. And that
involvement can be as simple as participation in our Web
survey: we want to know what people think about this year’s
celebration, how we have succeeded, and, most importantly,
how we can improve.”
The Web survey is available at www.mun.ca/celebrate.