At the CUPE 2081 membership meeting this week, the staff at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, voted to donate canned goods, non-perishable items, toiletries and money to the student society food banks. The $2,000 donation will go to food banks at the Lansdowne and Interurban campuses of Camosun.
CUPE was responding to a call for help from college students, whose food banks were unable to meet students’ needs.
“It’s unfortunate that the students we serve are finding it difficult to make ends meet and find themselves short on funds while educating themselves for a better future,” said CUPE 2081 president Jerry Oetting.
CUPE members at Camosun have taken a number of steps to support students in making it successfully through their chosen programs.
“We go beyond providing some relief for students who lack basic necessities while attending post secondary education. We also contribute to post-secondary education bursaries and scholarships, as well as other ongoing commitments within the community, as we believe the students who leave Camosun are our future and will build a stronger community,” said Oetting.