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Students new to Canada undertake months-long fundraising project in support of Covenant House Vancouver

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When young people work to help other youth, amazing things happen. Students at Lord Byng Secondary who are new immigrants to Canada plan to continue to use their talent to raise money for Covenant House Vancouver, a non-profit organization that provides housing and programming for youth who are homeless or in need.  

The students proudly organized the Love and Hope Exposé, to run from May 10-18. The students will auction their own stunning artwork virtually over this nine-day period. This fundraiser is one of eight organized by Byng students since January in support of Covenant House Vancouver. The campaign as a whole is called Art Shines for Love and Hope. Since the start of 2021, more than 50 students have taken leadership roles as ambassadors for the campaign. The other events by students include a virtual concert and a facemask design competition with winning designs printed and soon sold. Students will also make and market jewelry for order until the end of May. Another part of the overall campaign called Love in Action sees staff and students make donations and write uplifting notes to be included in envelopes attached to a poster, which will go to youth at Covenant House Vancouver.  

Like many other people, these students recognize many non-profit organizations face extra challenges during a pandemic. To help address such challenges, Byng students aim to raise $5,000 for Covenant House Vancouver. The Settlement Workers in Schools program and school-based administrators provide support as the students organize the events. 

“I am very proud of these students working to make a difference in their community, and in the lives of other young people, particularly during this challenging time,” says Damian Wilmann, principal of Lord Byng Secondary.

Wilmann credits Janet Chung, settlement worker, with supporting the students to organize the fundraiser.

More on the Love and Hope Exposé 

Watch the virtual concert 

For more information and to arrange interviews: 

communications@vsb.bc.ca 

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