United Way partners with St. Lawrence College to link students futures with the community and area agencies

Above, Side-view of St. Lawrence College Cornwall Campus. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

CORNWALL — Over the past several months United Way/Centraide of S.D.& G. has held meetings with Professors & Coordinators from the St. Lawrence College – Cornwall Campus discussing a way that to could come together as a community, to give students a glimpse of our partnered agencies and help them make a link between their area of study and the many agencies in the region. The outcome …“SHOW ME THE WAY.”

Representatives from the partnered agencies and community “HERO” volunteers will be holding a half-day series of workshops at St. Lawrence College (SLC) on Wednesday, January 22 , designed to think outside of the box. “By outside the box, I mean that someone in the Police Foundations for example could volunteer at Boys and Girls, and actually be working towards crime reduction. The students do not automatically understand that they do not actually have to volunteer at the police station to gain the “right” kind of experience and knowledge so as to become better police officers.” says Juliette Labossiere, SLC Executive Director. 

The event will start at 11:30 a.m. with a mini kiosk area outside the Aultsville Theatre that will host partnered agencies that students can visit and find out more about that specific agency. “At 1 p.m. we would like to invite the community to join us and our special guest Mayor Bernadette Clement and Eileen De Courcy — Sr. Vice President, Academic St. Lawrence College of Brockville, Cornwall & Kingston as we kick off “ SHOW ME THE WAY,” this new partnership with St. Lawrence College.” says Stephanie Lalonde, Campaign and Communication Coordinator.

Students will participate in workshops that focus on topics ranging from mental health awareness, isolation, and community connections. We are very excited about this initiative with United Way/Centraide of S.D.& G. It will help students have a better understanding of agencies, programs /services offered in our community that may be accessible to them and their studies.” says Colleen MacDonald, Coordinator – PNP Cornwall Campus.

The United Way/ Centraide of S.D.& G is a non-profit organization that is governed by a local Board of Directors, who, with United Way staff and volunteers help to raise funds that assist 16 agencies (17 programs). Our mission is to improve lives by working together with priorities focused on moving people from poverty to possibility, healthy people, strong communities and all that kids can be.

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