An incredible journey …

Written by Stephanie Wang

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What is the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)? For me, it has been a home wherein I continuously found mentors, forged friendships and created fond memories. My CCP journey has been a whirlwind of self-discovery, redefining my understanding of my community, relationship-building and laughing till tears literally spilled from my eyes. I have truthfully found it to be impossible to summarize all the great lessons, inside jokes and discussions into just one blog post!! After starting and finishing writing this numerous times, I decided to summarize just a few of my reflections instead:

1) To be a good leader is to listen, just as much as it is to speak or act:

I had the pleasure of serving as the Student Co-Chair of the Center for Community Partnership’s Student and Alumni Advisory Committee. Working alongside Lisa Chambers and Kristina Minnella (Director and Co-Curricular Learning Co-ordinator, respectively), we led four meetings a year.

Through working with Lisa and Kristina, I became a better meeting leader by focusing on being a good listener.  Deciding meeting times, preparing agendas, brainstorming creative ideas and sharing my ideas were important. However, I learned that the most important purpose of our roles was to forge a safe, fun and thought-provoking environment wherein members are encouraged to share their genuine opinions and stories.  I explored discussion-encouraging activities and focused on probing questions instead of my own opinions.  I tried to give others a chance to respond before responding myself. I realized that the true value of the committee came from the personal experiences of the team, including approximately ten students and alumni, all from varying programs and stages of life.

I have since challenged myself to not only be a good listener during meetings, but also in all my undertakings. A leadership role should not be myself; leading is about listening, experiencing the community first-hand and working alongside residents. I became a fierce advocate for the service-learning model, which involves the community as partners, builds upon community assets and is based on community-identified priorities. I also now enjoy deeper connections with other people, more insightful discussions and further great lessons.

2) The power of saying thank you!

In 2014-2015, I had the wonderful privilege of being a placement student at the CCP.  I was able to get an inside perspective of this special place, including its incredibly positive, inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

I was immediately drawn to the fact that everyone I spoke to felt special at the CCP; no one was ever just a number.  And, it wasn’t just luck!  A constant effort was made to continuously thank individuals.  During the last part of staff meetings, Kristina gave everyone an opportunity to share compliments and congratulatory messages with each other.  There was also an activity wherein each person received a star filled with ‘things that make them a superstar’, written by teammates.  At the end of the year, a giant card was created with chocolate bars for each student staff member.  Individuals were constantly recognized in personalized emails and text messages, from both other students and staff. The entire CCP experience was filled with individualized big and small thank you gestures.  I constantly felt appreciated.

There is always so much to be grateful for and I realized the power of saying thank you. More than that, I discovered that there are so many ways to thank the people around you.  I can express gratefulness implicitly or explicitly and through formal or smaller, informal gestures. It can be easy to forget to say thank you to the people around you when it is busy, but it is definitely important.   I have become a thank you card addict and frequent sender of random thank you texts!

3) Relating and learning from people, as a result of similarities and differences:

As an Alternative Reading Week Project Leader, I developed a program to teach first-aid and science through play, which was eventually implemented in ten Toronto District School Board schools.  At its peak, the project involved 300+ children, 30+ student volunteers and several community partner contacts, each with their own life story.

I learned that it is always possible to find both similarities and differences between people from different backgrounds and cultures.  In regards to similarities, my team had sSteph funo many ‘me too!’ moments.  Despite generation gaps, we bonded with parents, teachers and staff over everyday tribulations, big life questions and common values. Although several years have gone by since we were young and Pokemon was invented, we still found a group of kids who played with Pokemon cards. Apparently, they are still ‘in’! In fact, we found that kids still enjoy many of the childhood activities we used to like, including tag and snow fort building. In regards to differences, peoples’ life stories and ideas were frequently different from ours; they continuously pushed us to learn and think beyond our regular boundaries.  We learned that even fundamental first-aid practices varied depending on a person’s culture, upbringing and socioeconomic status.  We received questions that forced us to think flexibly and we considered topics such as intergenerational language barriers and the environment. I still keep in touch with the students and teachers I met whilst this project.

I have since become a fierce believer in finding and appreciating both the things that make people distinguishable, as well as relatable.  I believe it is important to remember commonalities because it makes people understandable and fosters relationship building.  On the other hand, awareness of the differences that exist creates learning opportunities; I believe we learn through recognizing, appreciating and internalizing diversity.

I now challenge myself to discover and appreciate the aspects of the people that are both relatable to and distinct from me. I spend time really trying to know the people around me, so I can engage in more meaningful relationship-building and learning. Books and classes are great, but I have found that just as incredible are the lessons that can be learned from the people around us!

So, what exactly is the CCP? This is just a small part of my exciting journey!  Everyone’s experience is slightly different and there really is no other way to understand what us crazy CCP’ers feel without participating in it yourself.  Regardless of your program, level of studies or personality type, I implore you to check it out … there really is something for everyone!  The lessons, laughs and friendships have been universally contagious, keeping people coming back over and over again.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not believe my CCP journey will ever end.  I will strive to be an active citizen for my entire life, taking with me the self-development, understanding of community development, great memories and like-minded friends I developed at the CCP.  Fellow friends, it is just the beginning!!

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Spotlight on UofT Cressy Award Winner: Jody Chan

In September a brand new set of students will be joining the University of Toronto community. That is cause for celebration! In the next few posts we are going to share the experiences and insights of a few of our graduating students. These students have all been very involved with the University of Toronto and the University has acknowledged their involvement by awarding them with The Cressy Award.

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

Please click here to view the 2015 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipients.

Incoming students, if you are reading this, welcome to UofT! I encourage to get involved and find your fit here just like these amazing grads did!

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 (That’s Jody on the right!)

Cressy Award Winner: Jody Chan
Program: Specialist in Philosophy and Physics, Minor in Mathematics
Involved with: CCP, Student Voice for Democracy, Varsity Blues Badminton, Varsity Board, Trinity College Orientation, Dig In! Campus Agriculture, UofT350.org fossil fuel divestment campaign
College: Trinity

A question I get asked a lot by incoming students is, “How do you balance academics with extracurricular activities?” I don’t think I ever answer this question properly; the truth is, having a healthy balance in my life has always helped me with school. I learned to manage my schedule and prioritize my work because there were always at least five different projects I wanted to be devoting myself to at any given time.

Honestly, even if my grades had suffered a little, I wouldn’t have given anything up. In my opinion, there is so much to be learned from being immersed in the community around you, in real life experiences that can’t be re-created within the walls of the classroom.

Throughout my first three years of university, I dedicated at least 20 hours a week to training and competing in badminton, serving as captain of the Varsity Blues team for two of those three years. Practically, I knew I’d eventually have to stop training at that level – the time commitment was just too much – but letting go of it was still really hard. I never would have been able to, without having developed other facets of myself that I came to see as being more core to my identity than my long-held image of myself as a badminton player.

The experience that quite literally changed everything for me was getting involved with the Centre for Community Partnerships. After participating in Alternative Reading Week in my first year, I was hooked. The CCP quickly became the defining part of my time at U of T. I think a lot about how lucky I am to have had an opportunity to be a part of that community, one that empowered me as a leader, gave me the courage to take risks, sparked my passion for self-growth, and taught me the importance of reflection in that growth process.

The most important lesson I learned at the CCP was the importance of integrity and authenticity. Now, I try my best to match my actions with my values and belief system, and make my decisions based on being true to my own identity (which is not to say that I don’t still make a LOT of mistakes). This commitment to personal integrity led, among other things, to my choice to become a vegan, as well as to devote myself to climate justice activism. Next year, I am going to be pursuing a graduate degree in Philosophy and Education in New York, where I will continue to put my passion for education and social justice into action.

For me, my experience at U of T was a thousand times more valuable for the personal growth that happened outside of the classroom than inside it (though my degree definitely gave me important critical-thinking skills that I continue to use). Though I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do in the world, I now have a little bit of confidence, a clear understanding of my own values, and, most importantly, a support network of the most amazing, passionate, intelligent, and inspiring people to help guide me through that ongoing learning process. Every experience, whether positive or negative, was an opportunity for learning that ultimately contributed to my current identity. All in all, I wouldn’t, and couldn’t, change a thing.

My Experiences with the CCP in First Year

Written by Vivian Ngo

Thinking back, it was really exciting to start school at UofT. The beautiful campus was something that left me in awe. Exploring magnificent buildings, taking in the gorgeous outdoor spaces on campus, and that sense of freedom that comes with being in post-secondary truly was a thrill. As excited as I was, there was a part of me that felt university life will be spent in isolation. I learnt how to get to my classes, where to go for help, and even met new friends in my classes but I later realized I was actually hoping to find a community at my new school. I wanted to be a part of the UofT community.

My good friend, Vicky La, introduced me to the many opportunities that were available at the CCP. There were so many different ways to represent my new school all around the city. I signed up to participate in Alternative Reading Week (ARW) that was being held during reading week in February.

I was placed on the ARW waiting list and ended up getting assigned to a project called ‘It’s Me to We’ hosted by an organization known as Dress for Success. Surprisingly, Dress for Success was located very close to campus and allowed for my fellow team and I to get to know our surrounding neighbourhood.

On the first day during ARW’s official launch, I met with my fellow team members who were also in the same project as me. We were a group of six who easily got along with each other and became friends.

As a team, we learnt Dress for Success’ purpose was to help empower women through providing professional attire to allow them to seek employment. Not everyone can seek employment and show up for an interview because of their lack of access to professional attire which is why Dress for Success accepts clothing donations to address this need.

Our job as ARW volunteers was to lift boxes of clothing, organize them and to place prices on them. As tedious as it sounds, it was actually quite enjoyable. We got to learn more about each other in our team during that time and witness firsthand how a community interacts.

There were clients who needed help to find employment; there were a group of friendly staff who were willing to dedicate themselves to help run Dress for Success, there were donators who willingly donated their lightly used clothing and lastly, there were volunteers who willingly used their time to help in any way possible.

It was great being able to represent our school in our community through ARW. At the same time, I realized I was a part of a community at my school. I was a part of a team of fellow students that was dedicated to learning by being engaged with our community.

After this experience, I was motivated to learn more about the other programs offered by the CCP.

This leads me to where I am now! Starting this September, I will have the chance to volunteer in a classroom with kindergarten students as a ‘From 3 to 3’ tutor and to start my trainings and meetings as a project leader to prepare for next year’s ARW! Needless to say, I’m excited and thankful for the opportunities that the CCP offers.

Spotlight on UofT Cressy Award Winner: Kaylah Krajnc

In September a brand new set of students will be joining the University of Toronto community. That is cause for celebration! In the next few posts we are going to share the experiences and insights of a few of our graduating students. These students have all been very involved with the University of Toronto and the University has acknowledged their involvement by awarding them with The Cressy Award.

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

Please click here to view the 2015 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award Recipients.

Incoming students, if you are reading this, welcome to UofT! I encourage to get involved and find your fit here just like these amazing grads did!

Cressy Award Winner: Kaylah Krajnc
Program: Double Major in Conservation Biology and Psychology, and a Minor in Environmental Biology
Involved with: The Centre for Community Partnerships, Hart House, Veg Club, Student Voice Committee, Office of Student Life
College: Woodsworth


We asked Kaylah to share her experience with incoming students. This is what she said:

My university journey started with a whole first year of only focusing on academics… it was quite the dreary existence. Not wanting my entire university experience to be reflected by my coursework and GPA, immediately after my last exam I went to talk to someone at my College about how I could get involved in campus life.

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That’s Kaylah in the middle!

This first step sparked a whirlwind of diverse and awesome experiences getting involved in the university; I went from not being involved at all, to being involved way too much, to finally striking a healthy balance between the two. But I loved each step of the journey because it was a continuous self-learning process. My first year taught me that I don’t feel fulfilled learning only in a classroom, my times of being way too involved allowed me to explore different avenues of myself and learn what I was passionate about, and throughout it all I was able to meet amazing people and become a part of some great communities.

In the last couple years of my university journey I committed myself to a few experiences that really aligned with my passions and values. In particular I poured a lot of myself into my roles at the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP), Hart House, and the Veg Club. And maybe this sounds super corny, but my experiences with these communities really made me who I am today, in a variety of ways.

Through the CCP I grew comfortable with self-reflection, and I discovered that I am really passionate about community-engaged learning and initiatives. Though Hart House, I learned the values of challenging myself to push past my comfort zone to experience self-growth. And with the support of the Veg Club I really developed my passions for animal and environmental activism.

Even though these learning experiences are all different, what’s important is that they shaped me to be the person I am today, and they enhanced the learning experiences I had in the classroom. It allowed me to take the knowledge I was learning through my courses and explore ways to apply it in my future life experiences after university. And the people I’ve met along the way have made these experiences even greater; I’ve gained life-long friends, amazing mentors, and have met just plain cool people that have inspired me simply by living their amazing lives.

These experiences have made me fall in love with UofT, and I’m sad that I’m finished my degree, but at the same time it has given me memories, stories, connections, and self-knowledge that leave me feeling super excited for the next phase of my life. I’m not quite sure what that phase is yet, but I’ve struck a balance between rooting myself in my values and passions, and embracing the unknown so that I can always continue to grow – this, I know, will leave me feeling fulfilled on whatever path I choose to take.

Student Voices: ARW Reflections from David Tweneboah

ARW is a great experience for those who are looking to make a change within the community. In doing the Redemption Reintegration Services program, I’ve learned interdependence is  something that should not be undervalued. It is extremely important to make individuals feel comfortable and a great way to do that is to provide them a purpose in the space. Sometimes your purpose is to create purpose. In working with the youth, you will learn that being selfless is always rewarded, in small ways and large ones. In order to change a life you must be open to change yourself. Not everyone comes from the same place and it is important to acknowledge that. What is unified among people is that everyone wants to be successful. If you are able to give someone else the feeling of success, you yourself have completed the goal of this project.

Written by: David Tweneboah

Student Voices: ARW Reflections from Ibrahim Alhaq

Project Name: Conversation Circles with Newcomers
Community Agency: North York Community House
Project Leader: Winnie Lieu
Project Description: North York Community House is a dynamic neighbourhood centre offering innovative programs and services to newcomers & residents, helping build strong, healthy communities. Students will support their formal and informal language programs with newcomers at different language levels. They will facilitate English Conversation Circles and participate in an evaluation/focus group to determine participants learning. http://www.nych.ca/
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UofT students and LINC students engaging in conversations at North York Community House
Reflection written by Ibrahim Alhaq
I heard about Alternative Reading Week through Lead with Pride. At that time I was interested in applying because of the fact that it would be something interesting to do during my reading week which I usually spent at home doing nothing of impertinence. It also coinciding with a goal I made for he 2015, that I wanted to help out more in the community and give back.

The experience was interesting; during the orientation I was actually hesitant on what the whole program was about. I was worried that I may have gotten involved in something that I may not be ready for nor what I expect it to be.

When I got to the first day of my project at North York Community House I was actually very eager to the next few days. I loved the centre, and was very interested in helping out. My experience was good I got to talk to fellow immigrants that shared stories about their lives and personally warmed up to these students that were talking to them. I learned that many of their stories that they had were similar to the stories my parents had. It gave me an appreciation for my parents as well as more affinity for them. I was also proud for them in actually taking a step for their education and seeking out education even at their age, with family and other impeding socio-economic issues.

From this experience I learned that even people who may seem different from you in many ways you still share many similar features and have opportunity to learn new things from one another.  I learnt some Mexican cuisines and words from various languages.

Lastly one big lesson that I would take throughout my life is the idea of making conversations and progressing them so that they go deeper into understanding fellow human beings.

Student Voices: ARW Reflections from Yalda Mehran

Project Name: Video Creation

Community Agency: Unison HCS

Project Leader: Lorin Ouyang

During the 2015 Alternative Reading Week, our team created a documentary/promotional video for Unison, Health and Community Services, which is a branch of Unison Organization on Keele Street. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how the work within the new environment and with new people would go.  But that uncertainty changed to great excitement when I saw all the energy and friendly attitude within the host organization. The work began almost immediately. We started planning the video the first day, and filmed and edited the following two days.

We divided the tasks, I planned the video, and made sure the right and appropriate content was chosen, while the others filmed, gathered and categorized hundreds of old pictures and edited.

The experience taught me that group work was much easier and that deadlines can be met on-time as long as each member knows what her/his responsibility is. I also learned that I don’t always have to be in charge, but to contribute and have fun. From this experience I realized what I am good at, and that is management. Therefore, I plan to participate in the Alternative Reading Week again next year, but this time as a project leader.

Yalda Mehran,

First Year Student, University of Toronto

Click the link to see the video that Yalda and her team created during Alternative Reading Week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-QnbxsxYbI&feature=youtu.be

Begin Again.

IMG_4543Sorry to disappoint but, this won’t be a blog post on T-Swift’s song. I felt incredibly inspired after seeing the photo on the left. We had taken it after our last combined ARW reflection back in February. The photo summed up my year working at the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP) quite nicely. Yes, it’s blurry, and perhaps it could have been angled better, or edited to adjust the lighting, but that wouldn’t be true to the joy and connectedness that our team exemplified throughout the school year. Coming to the office and working with our team didn’t feel like work at all. To say the least, it was an inviting, nurturing and positive space to come into, not just for us, but also for everyone who walked in our door. In so many ways, it felt like a haven filled with laughter, friendship, encouragement and of course infinite warm fuzzies! Rest assured, we worked hard on organizing ARW as well as other collaborative events on campus, regulating serve & learn programs, discussion groups, ARW Project Leader training sessions, creating this blog and overall engaging students with how they can get involved in the community.

So, what now? I refuse to think that this is the end because I don’t necessarily think it is. Let me tell you why. This year’s theme for ARW was, “What makes communities strong?” and to answer that question, I would have to say bonds. We started the school year identifying with our individual positions/roles and tasks but something along the way, in between the vegan gluten free cupcakes, multiple cups of tea; inside jokes and open ears and arms we found cohesion. Getting to know each other and learning from one another helped me further understand what it means to build communities and how we can sustain its strength. I started at the CCP as the Promotions & Communications Assistant and leaving as a part of great team, a community.

Thank you for jumping on a fantabulous year with us! 😉

Written by Kaye Caronongan

Student Voices: ARW Reflections from Kaylah and Jody

To cap off the final installation of this reflection series, I thought who better end it than these two amazing ladies who have dedicated countless hours and effort to put on an amazing ARW experience for all of us. They are walking, breathing, laughing, poking, dancing, and living warm fuzzies 🙂 11063254_10155341375525323_410556990_n

Oh ARW, parting is such sweet sorrow…

What? Four years ago, we stumbled upon an opportunity called Alternative Reading Week (ARW). Little did we know that it would take over our lives (in the best way possible #CCPlove5ever). So what exactly was so magical about ARW that made us stick around for so long? We’ve obviously each had different experiences, but they’re similar in a lot of ways! What connected both of us so strongly to ARW was the opportunity it gave us to become part of such a great community, and to expand our own communities at UofT. Our experiences working with amazing student and community leaders have taught us a lot of things we wouldn’t have learned while sitting in a class room. Really, our entire Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP) experience has been a constant learning process – we’ve learned about ourselves, about others, and about all of the amazing communities around us.

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Everything we know, we learned at the CCP (literally everything #truestory). In all seriousness, though, the self-discovery that has happened here has influenced every part of our lives. Over the last two years especially, as our involvement with the program has deepened, we have really come to understand the value of reflection. Not only does reflection allow you to integrate the experiences you have had into learning, but it also allows you to use that learning to challenge your own assumptions and explore new directions for growth. After lots, and we mean lots, of self-reflection, and a mildly concerning obsession with StrengthsQuest, we’ve been able to clarify important aspects of ourselves like our strengths, values and goals. Most importantly, we have come to see ourselves as individuals who are part of one big and connected whole, through our connection with our communities. And what would those communities be without the superfantabulawesome people with whom we’ve shared laughter, stories, and tears? We are endlessly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from such inspiring and passionate people. A huge part of our self-growth came from being exposed to so many different and diverse perspectives, and practicing how to be respectful and inclusive of people and situations we are not familiar with. 1621984_900737526615495_4981939294167642052_nIt is hard to separate learning about others from learning about the community, especially when so much of that learning happens within the community. We’ve experienced firsthand the value of experiential learning – there is so much growth that can happen outside of the classroom (so put those books down)! Above all, we’ve really learned to appreciate the strength and power in community-based initiatives and movements that comes from starting with what we have, instead of what needs to be fixed.

Now what?

We’ve learned so much over the past four years and it’s really influenced how we approach everything we do, as well as our goals for the future. After becoming so integrated within the Toronto community, we are really excited to explore new possibilities to take more active roles in our own communities. We can volunteer with community organizations, become more civically engaged – heck, we can even run for City Councillor if we want (#jodyandkaylahformayor)! 20507_900737213282193_8355724971339743921_nBeyond getting directly engaged in community initiatives ourselves, we can also play a role in connecting people to each other, to the physical space around them, and to the great resources and support services that each community has to offer. We’ve both seen firsthand the unbelievable things that people can do when they work together to create the amazing communities that they envision. Regardless of the concrete actions that we take on in the future, we’ll both stay open-minded and welcome new experiences that will give us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, our communities, and how we relate to our communities. Whether the steps we take now are big or small, we both know that the Centre for Community Partnerships has helped us grow into the people we are today (#socheesy). Thank you Kaylah and Jody for…(the list is WAY too long!) EVERYTHING! ❤ DSC_0023

Student Voices: ARW Reflection from Victor Muthomi

 Project Name: Sneaker Drive Challenge

Community Agency: Toronto Loves Kicks

Project Leader: Angelica Alfonso

Project Description: Toronto Loves Kicks uses Youth and Sneaker Culture to design and deliver community events, educational programs and creative opportunities for brands, institutions and organizations to engage a unique and substantial demographic. Students will support the Sneaker Drive Challenge, which has the goal of engaging the dynamic demographic that the sneaker culture attracts, drawing attention to how “donating stuff creates jobs”. Students will help with research, outreach, and a social media campaign. torontoloveskicks.com

IMG_8560Victor Muthomi,

When I first heard of ARW, I was instantly curious and started researching more about it. Learning that it was a community-centered initiative around the city was very appealing and right then, I knew that it was ultimately something I wanted to be a part of. I applied for a research project and was honored to be assigned to one, the Sneaker Drive Challenge. At first I had many expectations including going out to the field and getting views about the challenge from people; conducting surveys; visiting Toronto Loves Kicks; assessing some of their previous projects; visiting Goodwill; learning firsthand how they conduct their drives or having a look at items previously donated as a benchmarking tool for the current drive (an important approach we use in our engineering projects) among other things.

Although most of what I expected did not come true, I had a fantastic time. The partners, Dion and Curt, were very welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic people. They had done their due diligence on the drive and ours was to supplement with more creative and ingenious ideas and helping them find potentially influential people/organizations on social media who would help start off the challenge at a high note. We worked in twos on the mainstream social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This turned out to be incredibly exciting, especially to me, since I learnt navigating through Instagram which I had never used before. That was fascinating! Afterwards was intense free brainstorming and idea generation, which is normally not my strongest suite due to the structured brainstorming and lateral thinking approach that we use in class projects, and that was a downer for me but I tried in various capacities. The atmosphere was relaxed, informal and exciting, which made the experience even better.

I learned a lot from the experience. One of the lessons was the value of teamwork in whatever capacity. This was a testament to the notion that a team is as good as the sum of its members. I had an amazing team including the partners and by the end of the experience we achieved a lot. The second thing that I came to appreciate greatly was the amount of nitty-gritty considerations and preparations go into the realization of such projects. Honestly, I never came to appreciate the logistics behind these humanitarian or goodwill causes until ARW, from looking up potential contacts, narrowing them down to those who best fit, coming up with ways to reach out to different groups of people, identifying appropriate incentives and structuring them so as to appeal to the largest demographic, identifying convenient locations for holding the drive, catering for the interests of the management such locations and seemingly the greatest, credibility of donors and staff in charge among others. This was an invaluable learning experience for me which I strongly believe changed my view and appreciation for such causes. Simply, it was priceless.

Now that it is behind me, I plan on following up on the drive after it is unveiled in mid-March onwards to keep track of its progress. I would also like to get involved in more CCP programs from now onwards to experience more of such or even better times. Honestly, I would not have spent my time more wisely than participating in that project last week and I am most certain that if I were to go back in time, I would still do the same thing all over again! Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity.

Thank you Victor for your reflection! We hope to see you at the CCP soon! 🙂