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Alumni Fundraising Committee engages new donors


When the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work proposed developing a free online counselling clinic operated by rigorously trained and supervised Master of Social Work students, FIFSW alumni jumped at the chance to help attract support. A fundraising committee comprised of six dedicated Alumni Association members quickly formed.

Together, they took up the cause, reaching out to their fellow alumni and inspiring others to donate to the Faculty — many for the first time.

Chaired by Judy Newman, the Alumni Fundraising Committee — which includes Maribeth Christensen, Michelle English, Terry McCullum, Terese Weisberg, and Pam Weir — has shown an exemplary commitment to engaging the FIFSW community.

“We are deeply grateful for the Committee’s immense dedication and support,” says Dexter Voisin, Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty. “The Alumni Fundraising Committee has devoted numerous hours to this project, developing ideas for outreach and providing the Faculty with helpful suggestions and advice. The impact of the members’ work as ambassadors and advocates — not only for the new online clinic, but for the Faculty at large — is tremendous.”

In addition to donating their time, members of the Alumni Fundraising Committee are donating their own funds.

“I am putting my money where my mouth is and challenging others to do the same,” says Michelle English, a FIFSW Alumni Association board member and alumni representative of the Student Mentorship Program and the MSW Studies Committee. “I wish this project much success, as it will serve communities in need and support the experiential learning opportunities of FIFSW students. This initiative is a direct response not only to the growing need for mental health support — particularly for racialized communities, which I am part of — but also the creation of more student placements.”

To donate to the online clinic, please visit FIFSW’s donation page. We hope that you will partner with us on this important and high-priority initiative.