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MBA Professional Development Class Learns the Value of Community Spirit

Author: Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

Category: Student Highlights

Fredericton has always been a great city to live in. The people are friendly and everyone tries to work together for the good of the community, so it’s no wonder Fredericton has one of the highest volunteer rates per capita in the country. Curl for Cancer and Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis Logos

Current MBA students are learning just how valuable community spirit is, by getting involved with local charity organizations. As part of the Professional Development course, students participated in not one, but two charity fundraisers this year and managed to bring in almost $5,000 for two great causes.

This was the first time the Professional Development class has participated in the Blue Cross Jingle Bell Walk/Run, an event that raises funds in support of the Arthritis Society. It was a perfect day for joining the community and getting some exercise on a one or five kilometre journey in downtown Fredericton. Each individual member of the Professional Development team raised at least $75, with the entire team raising approximately $1,500 altogether.

It was the second year in a row however, for the annual Curl for Cancer fundraising event held recently at the Fredericton Curling Club.  This year students managed to raise over $3,400 for the Canadian Cancer Society, while also learning a new sport and mingling with local businessmen. The event continues to be a huge success with everyone enjoying themselves, whether they are a first-time curler or an experienced skip. 

Getting involved with these community fundraisers is an excellent opportunity for students to serve the community and participate in a worthwhile cause as part of the professional development program.  As one MBA student, Asiyeh Norouzpour, puts it, “Being in a fundraising event is like having a small share of building a community which you can be proud of. It’s important to remember that real development will happen where people care about their community and help to build it strong.”

With education focused on social responsibility, MBA grads will likely become more involved with local charity organizations and help make their communities a better place to live.  As the Professional Development course teaches students, it is essential to continue this commitment to community for generations to come.