WPGA Philanthropy Initiative 

By Ms. Danielle Garinger, Career Education Teacher 

Over the past several weeks, our Career Life Education 11 and Wilderness Pursuits 10 classes have been working hard to build passionate cases for local charities that make positive impacts in our community. This is part of the WPGA Philanthropy Initiative, where student teams research social issues in our community and identify a local charity they believe is best placed to make a positive change. They conduct their own research and schedule an interview with a representative from the charity to gather more information; some groups even visited and volunteered their time with the organizations they chose to represent. Students then presented on why their charity is most deserving of support. 

The project culminated this week with the finals round, when a panel of judges had to decide the recipient of this year’s grant. Of all the presentations, Vancouver Food Runners, represented by Gabby Hasson and Macallum Janzen, was selected to receive a $2,500 grant. Additional grants were given to Whole Way House, represented by Erin Wong, Kareen Huang, Ella Steenburgh and Nova Leckie ($1,000); Take A Hike Foundation, represented by Mathias Desmarais, Matthew Vrlak and Amy Flynn ($500); Richmond Hospital Foundation, represented by Sebastien Grant, Justin Li, Ellie Sheu and Isabelle Wang ($500); and Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, represented by Rachel Bhatia, Riley Brailsford-McColl, Cole Timko and Chloe Wang ($500). 

We are proud of each and every student who participated in this initiative and represented the spirit of philanthropy by educating themselves and others about social issues and charities.