SOUL Seeking: Plan International

Grade 12 students Jolyn Y. and Joysie W. partnered to create a non-profit fundraising campaign in support of Plan International Canada, an organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls.
Their combined Capstone and SOUL Seeking project was designed to provide funds to support women in developing countries who lack access to proper sanitary products. Their fundraising event, a catered art exhibition and sale hosted in Duke’s on Friday evening, featured original art work created by Shawnigan students.

Prior to the fundraiser, Jolyn created a comprehensive business plan and marketing materials and arranged to give volunteer hours to peers helping out at the event. She also spoke to Shawnigan’s finance department about the best way to take payment for tickets and donations, and cleared the event with Head of Student Life Matt Clinton-Baker. She then moved on to organizing an online presale of tickets for students and staff, and established COVID-19 protocols that would enable the event to manage walk-ins safely. Joysie coordinated the art contributions and, as a FOODSAFE certificate holder, organized the appetizers for the event.

The duo were able to raise close to $800 from the entrance charge, a percentage of the sale of each artwork, and extra donations made by exhibit attendees in support of a very meaningful and important cause.
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