2012 3MNSF Projects

Jazz Guitar Workshop Cooperative:

Pascal Genest Richard led a jazz guitar workshop in a small cooperative in his home town. Here is his description of the project:


I set up a Jux page to advertise https://pascalgenestrichard.jux.com that also has pictures. The money went to subsidize this event. The week after we had a huge fundraiser for the co-op with 8 bands in total, and the week after I played a show with a friends in a local café (only songs from Québec). Here is the material from the Jux page:


Hey all! Pascal here. I wanted to keep my project simple and aligned with some of the things I was already working on. Back from Argentina just in time for the winter break, I wasn’t as involved in school or community as I have been in the past. I thought that trying to revive an old student initiative would be appropriate: the Mac Campus Music Club.


There are a bunch of instruments available for people to play with, but it seemed to me like no one was really taking advantage of that resource. There is also a little community co-operative in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (the town where Macdonald Campus is located) which is having some financial troubles, probably due to the quasi-inexistant student clientèle. The plan is as follows:


April 14, 2013

Gypsy Jazz Workshop

Coop du Grand Orme

Lou Boustani, founder of the Gypsy Jazz School of Montreal (www.ejmm.ca), will come and give a free workshop for jazz enthusiasts and beginning guitarists. A demonstration by local ensemble The Minor Gypsy Swing.


April 19, 2013

Coopérative du Grand Orme and Mac Campus Music Club fundraiser

The Ceilidh Student Pub

A local music event with over five musical ensembles from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Contra dancing, swing dancing, and lots of music!


April 26, 2013

French and Québécois songs

Herb’s Café

In Montreal’s West Island, live music is seldom representative of the musical culture of the province at large. Fred Thériault, co-owner of the Ferme Tourne-Sol (http://www.fermetournesol.qc.ca), will come and interpret some songs in French for our enjoyment. 



Principles of Inclusivity:

Alannah Robinson researched, developed and facilitated a new workshop on at the University of Waterloo, based on that campus’ Principles of Inclusivity, using the funds for printing and other materials, with some additional funding her department. Here is Alannah’s overview:  I introduced the Principles of Inclusivity Student Workshop on campus in the Fall 2013 term. We hosted the workshop three times (twice as a pilot project) and once as a regular offering as a part of our Student Leadership Certificate Program. Moving forward, it will now be a part of a regular offering to students through my office. Here is a description of the workshop:


Principles of Inclusivity Student Workshop

This workshop introduces students to the University of Waterloo’s Principles of Inclusivity and helps you to understand how we perceive inclusivity and diversity. As we examine each principle you will increase your knowledge and awareness of inclusivity and learn skills to promote and practice inclusivity in our campus community.


Let’s Talk Health Project:

Mimi and Johanna worked together, partnering with an organization at the University of Toronto called Let’s Talk Health, committed to attending to and improving mental health and well-being at the University of Toronto http://www.letstalkhealth.ca/. Mimi and Johanna organized town hall meetings and workshops, bringing together diverse stakeholders to discuss, explore, and develop strategies for improved mental health at the university. 


One town hall took place in mid-November, 2013. It featured a panel and Q+A on improving campus mental health with administrators, faculty, students, and community members.  Then we broke out into smaller groups to discuss 1) training and education, 2) curriculum and pedagogy, 3) policy and procedures, and 4) services and programs related to campus mental health.  Let’s Talk Health is writing a summary of what was discussed at the town hall (Mimi will send that to me once it’s completed.)


Four workshops and the second town hall are scheduled to happen in Winter, 2014, with the workshops focusing on the four areas more in-depth to create policy implementations to improving student mental health for UofT’s new Provostial Committee on Mental Health. 


The second town hall will present the results of the workshops and be an opportunity to plan for next steps.  



Green Campus Crash Course:

Cam organized and led this in mid-November, 2013, hosted by Students for a Green University (SGU) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). The goal was to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders at UNBC and help them build the skills and knowledge they need to effect change:


We gave new and newly interested students an introduction to Canada’s Green University from a student perspective. Starting with a meal as an opportunity to build relationships, the Crash Course included presentations and workshops from knowledgeable members and environmental leaders within the campus community and a tour of relevant locations.


The event provided basic information about how our university incorporates sustainability into operations and culture. The evening also included opportunities to critically analyze our university, and equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to effect change on and off campus. We used the funds primarily for as local as possible meal for participants. Other sources of funding were sought for supplies such as hand-outs, poster printing costs, flip-chart paper, markers and large post-its.



Student Leadership at UNBC

Selena led this project, its purpose to examine ideas and strategies for enhanced student engagement at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). The proposal was posted to https://demenoff.jux.com/1184606


Project Questions:

1) What are the opportunities for student leadership at UNBC?

2) What are institutional structures that support student leadership?

3) What do other institutions do? (e.g. Brock, Acadia, Mount Alison, Trent, Lethbridge)

4) What literature is there on student leadership?


In answering these key questions, we wanted to make the findings relevant to UNBC. While we have observed changing dynamics of student leadership at our institution, we hoped to ensure that we collaborate resources, staff, and students in ways that optimize mentorship, learning, teaching, and leadership for students.


Project Outcomes:

1) Systematic assessment of supports for student leadership at UNBC

2) Document to be shared amongst student leaders or student leader groups to facilitate leader mentorship and sharing of opportunities

3) Share with faculty and staff to encourage a living document of student leadership development