McGill Student Chapter Report

Written by Cassandra Ricafort (President), Kate Rozon (Treasurer), and Katelynn Siddall (Vice-President)

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 the ABQLA Student Chapter held a samosa and bake sale in the Education building at McGill University. With the success of the bake sale, the ABQLA Student Chapter was able to welcome a guest speaker, Miss Dominique Naud from CODE on February 20th, 2015 at Thomson House.  As the student chapter intends to raise funds to donate to CODE later in the semester, what better way to raise awareness of what CODE does than to invite one of their representatives to speak to the student body? All students of the School of Information Studies were invited not only to hear Miss Naud speak about such a worthy cause, but to also promote membership to students that were not yet part of the ABQLA. All guests were provided with coffee or tea along with a continental breakfast, all the while hearing Miss Naud promote the power and promise of literacy in the developing world. Miss Naud also discussed “CODE on Campus” which is something that peaked a lot of interest.  CODE on Campus is what it sounds like- a student run CODE initiative.  Currently, only Carleton University and one or two more universities in the Maritimes have a CODE on Campus group.  Miss Naud discussed the efforts of CODE on Campus at Carleton and their fundraising efforts.  Like any other student group, they hold bake sales and  pub night events, amongst other activities. This successful event had a great turnout, and was especially made possible with the help of Katelynn Siddall, Tran Phan, and Anne-Marie Smith, MISt I executive members of the ABQLA Student Chapter, as well as Miss Naud from CODE. Without their dedication, this event would not have achieved the success attained.