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CICE students’ Apple Drive gives back to the Cornwall community

2015-11-12, 11:45 AM

CICE students at their Fall Apple Drive in 2015 

SLC students in the Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program raised more than 300 lbs. of apples for Agapè Centre, a food bank, soup kitchen and thrift shop in Cornwall.

On Wednesday, November 4, CICE students Narine Garibian, Jocelyn St. Denis, Megan Gallivan, Justin Swift, and Alexandra Levac held the Fall Apple Drive at Pommier Square in Cornwall as one part of the first-year Field Placement course, which involves a community project.  The group was joined by Social Service Worker student Evan Sullivan, whose Field Placement is with the CICE program, and Business student Moutazz AbuRamadan, whose volunteer work included a role as Project Coordinator of the Fall Apple Drive.

“One of the wonderful aspects about this project is that we have SLC students from three different College program areas working together.  In particular, our CICE students are being exposed to some great workplace skill development opportunities as well as expanding their horizons within our community,” said Victoria Workman, CICE Program Liaison.

The community project is in partnership with the Agapè Centre, who identified a need for a fresh food drive. Once that need was identified, Business student and Fall Apple Drive project coordinator Moutazz AbuRamadan worked to develop the plan to collect fresh food for Agapè. CICE students then worked on the logistics of the event, including marketing the event and the distribution of posters, communicating with local businesses and the local community, and other logistics of getting the drive set up.

The Fall Apple Drive was a huge success, with the students collecting over 300 lbs. of apples, including a single donation of 76 lbs. The next step of the community project is for the CICE students to volunteer at Agapè Centre for an afternoon, where they will help distribute and peel and slice the apples they collected to be made into pies. They will learn valuable skills as they are trained in Agapè’s commercial kitchen and will be able to see first-hand the impact they’ve made on the local community.

“It’s great to help out people in our community,” said Alexandra Levac, first-year CICE student.

“The value of this project is so evident in the enthusiasm, commitment, and caring displayed by our CICE students. What better way to develop job placement skills than by giving back to our community,” said Kevin Cooper, CICE Program Coordinator.

This is the first year of the CICE program, which was introduced on the Cornwall campus Fall 2015. Also offered on our Brockville and Kingston campuses, the CICE program allows students to further their education/vocational training in a community college setting and choose a concentration in a particular program area. CICE students in Cornwall are studying Carpentry, General Arts & Science, Early Childhood Education, and Personal Support Worker.

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Denise Wing
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261
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dwing@sl.on.ca