Kwantlen business students bring hope for the hungry

Mon, Dec 21, 2009

Four Kwantlen Polytechnic University business students are raising hope for the hungry this holiday season by fundraising money for the Surrey Food Bank through a major project in their business degree program at Kwantlen. 

Students Selina Bueckert, Debbie Gebert, Prab Gill and Nathan Griffiths are selling gift baskets to complete their practicum for their Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees. 

“We wanted to do something that would help bring hope to the less fortunate during the holiday season,” said Griffiths. 

The Surrey Food Bank estimates that it helps 14,000 people a month. In 2008, it provided over 44,000 hampers to low income clients. In addition the bank also provided food support for a number of recovery houses, safe houses, shelters, youth centres, soup kitchens, and specialty food banks in Surrey and North Delta. 

The Kwantlen business practicum is the capstone course of the BBA degree program, where students employ their knowledge in a practical business situation. The practicum also helps to fund the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Venture Capital Fund. This fund offers Kwantlen graduates a source of small business financing upon graduation if they decide to start their own business. 

Those interested can help support the cause by purchasing a gift basket from November 16 to 19 at the Grassroots Cafe on the Kwantlen Surrey Campus (12666-72nd Avenue, Surrey, B.C.) or during the fundraiser dinner on November 22 at Royal Oak Restaurant (15336 Fraser Highway, Surrey, B.C.). You can also order gift baskets online at There are two types of baskets to choose from: a bath and soap gift set for $20; and a chocolate and coffee basket selling $25. 

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University brings with it a tradition of providing access pathways for students with different talents and abilities, and opportunities for all who are willing to work hard to realize their goals. Key to Kwantlen’s new mandate is an enhanced capacity to integrate research and external community engagement within a learning environment that places students at the centre of all that the university does.

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