During the 2022-23 academic year, Dalhousie Commerce Society (DCS) and its umbrella societies, all led by Dalhousie business students, have organized and participated in a number of initiatives to give back to their community, from collecting donations to raising awareness. Keep reading to learn about four of these initiatives led by our student leaders.
In November, the Dalhousie Commerce Society participated in Movember to raise awareness and funds supporting men’s health. The team hosted events and encouraged students, faculty, staff, and community members to support the cause by donating. Those who were able to grow a mustache did so throughout the month to raise awareness of the campaign. DCS surpassed their goal of $10,000, raising $13,000 for the cause. “I can’t understate how important these resources are to young men. I know many people’s mental health were shaken by the pandemic, so seeing so many students coming together (in-person) to raise funds and awareness for Movember was amazing!” says DCS VP External, Michael Tough.
On March 17th, the Dalhousie Commerce Society co-organized the first ever Engineering vs. Commerce Charity Hockey Game as part of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. After months of planning, including seeking corporate sponsorship and promoting the event to students, faculty, and staff, the game was attended by more than 1,100 people. Together, Commerce and Engineering raised over $100,000 toward Canadian Cancer Society‘s Lodge That Gives, a Halifax facility that provides free accommodation and support for cancer patients and their families.
Dalhousie’s supply chain society, the Dal Chain, collaborated with a Dalhousie student foundedinitiative, The Concept Project, during the month of March. The Polar March project involved jumping into Nova Scotia bodies of water fully clothed every day in March (even in freezing weather conditions!), and then washing and donating those clothes to non-profit organizations across Halifax, particularly Souls Harbour Mission. The project had a dual focus: supporting the homeless community, and raising awareness of the over production and mass consumption of clothing by highlighting alternatives to throwing out old clothes. More than 60 students participated throughout the month.
The Dalhousie Commerce Society wrapped up March by partnering with 5 Days for the 10th consecutive year. During the campaign, students slept outside the Kenneth C. Rowe Management building in Halifax with only the clothes on their back and a sleeping bag to raise awareness of homelessness in Canada while also fundraising and collecting donations for Phoenix Youth Programs (Phoenix). The students only used public facilities and counted on the public for food donations, endured winter weather conditions, all while still regularly attending classes. Although schools across the country participate in this fundraising initiative, DCS is one of only two student groups to still participate in the sleeping outside part of the campaign.
To learn how your organization can support or get involved in the community initiatives being organized by student leaders in the Faculty of Management, contact Management Career Services to get connected to our business student societies.