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VIU students paint to raise fu…

June 26, 2012

Hassan Raza scrutinizes his latest brush strokes at the Boys and Girls Club on Fifth Street, Sunday. Raza was one of 25 Vancouver Island University master of business administration students who donated their time and labour to help two local charities. The Boys and Girls Club will have freshly painted digs and by working with College Pro Printers, the VIU students were able to donate $7,000 for Nanaimo's Child Development Centre, to help fund the July 15 Silly Boat Regatta.
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Good Samaritan appreciates suf…

April 18, 2012

At a time when many people would focus solely on themselves and their loved one, Shawn Wood, 28, is reaching out to help others.Wood's fiancée Emily Niinemets, 24, was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma cancer in early January. She has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and has often been very low on energy — sometimes she is unable to get out of bed.
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Trash busters

April 04, 2012

"Junk is my forte," Devin Powell proclaims proudly. Seems a strange statement for a Western University student to make, especially one who's aiming to graduate with a degree in criminology. But Powell is not a new Tony Soprano, the mythical TV mob boss whose cover was "waste removal." Far from it. Powell and his pals at University Junk Removal are regarded as heroes by a growing list of customers such as Lisa Brandt and Karen Greason.
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College Students to Volunteer …

February 24, 2012

For two weeks in March, 100 of College Pro Painters’ college student managers and full-time staff members will participate in College Pro’s 6th Annual Alternative Spring Break, traveling to Nashville where they will contribute over 1,500 volunteer hours and provide a value of $40,000 in services, equipment and materials.  College Pro Painters’ efforts will benefit two local organizations:  Cottage Cove Urban Ministries and East Nashville Cooperative Ministry. 
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VIU students paint to raise funds for charities Extra money will help Boys and Girls Club, Silly Boat Regatta

Posted by BY WALTER CORDERY, DAILY NEWS on June 26, 2012

Hassan Raza scrutinizes his latest brush strokes at the Boys and Girls Club on Fifth Street, Sunday.

Raza was one of 25 Vancouver Island University master of business administration students who donated their time and labour to help two local charities.

The Boys and Girls Club will have freshly painted digs and by working with College Pro Printers, the VIU students were able to donate $7,000 for Nanaimo's Child Development Centre, to help fund the July 15 Silly Boat Regatta.

Chris Gow, a VIU MBA student, owned a College Pro Painters franchise before he decided to go back to school. "Our program raises funds for the Child Development Centre every year and we had a meeting to see if we could come up with an original idea."

Because of his connections with College Pro Painters, Gow approached them about helping another local charity by giving them a half-price rate for a major painting job.

"They were all for it and then we learned that the Boys and Girls Club needed the Fifth Street location painted and along with College Pro, we decided to charge them half the regular rate, which would have been $14,000.

The students split the work into two days. Fifteen of them worked on Saturday and 10 finished up the interior work on Sunday. Besides the VIU students, College Pro had half a dozen painters there to help out and the paint was also donated by a local paint retailer.

"This is a win-win situation for these two charities," Gow said.

Sunday morning, Gow was confident the 28,000 square-foot club's interior would have a new coat of paint by the end of the day.

The CDC's Elise Morgan said the organization was "so very grateful" for the relationship it has forged with both VIU's MBA program and international program.

"They come up with ways to help every year and it's amazing and is great this project will actually help two local charities," she said.

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