KPU public relations students raise $9,000 for Autism Support Dogs

Tue, Mar 12, 2013
Public Relations Students with Autism Support Dog
(L-R) Public Relations students Raquelle Roodenburg and Brianna Polden, with Autism Support Dog, Pepe

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March 13, 2013

KPU public relations students raise $9,000 for Autism Support Dogs

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Students enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) public relations diploma program raised $9,000 for Autism Support Dogs. The event, hosted by Mark Madryga, took place February 27, 2013, at the Dockside Lounge on Granville Island.

“Organizing an annual charity fundraising event is a key assignment for students in KPU’s public relations diploma program,” said Wayne Tebb, dean, school of business, KPU. “This year, the charity that provides support dogs for children with autism will receive $9,000.00 as a result of this student project. Kwantlen students are engaged in our community and create value for the community; what better evidence can Kwantlen provide of the skills of our graduates! I am thrilled to see the benefits created by our students!”

“An amazing, well planned and executed event - memorable for the right reasons,” said William S. Thornton, CEO BC & Alberta Guide Dog Services, Autism Support Dogs. “A great outcome for Autism Support Dogs.”

Each year the graduating class of KPU’s PR program raises funds for an organization of their choice. The event is planned by the entire class throughout the duration of a semester. With this project, students gain valuable event planning experience that they are able to put on their resume, and apply to real-working experiences upon graduation.

KPU’s public relations program is a 60-credit diploma organized into four semesters. Students develop the basic skills, work habits and attitudes they need to succeed both as students and as PR professionals. Students apply their public relations skills to a variety of projects for clients, culminating in a one-month work experience in the public relations industry. For more information about this program visit:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


For more information about this event, contact:
Stephanie Whalen
Tel: 604.970.4828

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Cara Johnson
Media Specialist
Tel: 604.598.6196