Difference Dollars for Service Learning
In recognition of NSCC’s history of combining classroom learning with service to the community, more than 25 student-led projects have received investments between $500 and $2,500.
These projects strengthen our local communities; create opportunities for students to gain invaluable hands-on experience; and support the advancement of the goals of the ONE NS Playbook We Choose Now.
Emma-Leigh Dondale and her Natural Resources Environmental Technology classmates are constructing loon platforms to protect the bird nests from land-based predators and preserve the population.Emma-Leigh Dondale and her Natural Resources Environmental Technology classmates are constructing loon platforms to protect the bird nests from land-based predators and preserve the population.Emma-Leigh Dondale and her Natural Resources Environmental Technology classmates are constructing loon platforms to protect the bird nests from land-based predators and preserve the population.
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Share the progress of Difference Dollars projects over social media using the hashtag #DifferenceDollars.
If you have any questions about any of our Difference Dollars projects, please contact Niki Toomey, Communications Advisor via email or at 902-476-1004.
|Student Lead||Campus||Community Partner||Brief Description|
|Davis Gosse||Annapolis Valley Campus||Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute||Monitor and evaluate the energy consumption and production of the facility and its renewable energy technologies.|
|Keenan Comeau||Burridge Campus||Art Gallery of Nova Scotia||Host an anti-bullying and self-expression-themed learning series.|
|Matt Killen||Burridge Campus - Digby Learning Centre||Cornwallis Community Garden||Improve the function of an existing greenhouse to encourage seniors to increase their community and physical activity.|
|Jeremey Shearer||Burridge Campus||Town of Yarmouth||Support the beautification of the downtown core of the Town of Yarmouth through artwork-based streetscape enhancements and awareness building.|
|Shauna Campbell||Burridge Campus||Supportive Housing for Youth||Facilitate five mental health and wellness information sessions for youth aged 16-24 and create a mental wellness toolkit for participants.|
|Odette Deveau & Ballie MacDonald||Burridge Campus||Yarmouth County Community Health Board||Host social and educational sessions for seniors in Yarmouth County; and develop a take-away resource on the topics of nutrition, grocery budgeting and safe food preparation.|
|Billy Upton||Burridge Campus||Villa St Joseph Du Lac||Build a greenhouse for residents with accessibility issues at Villa St Joseph Du Lac Continuing Care Facility. The greenhouse will be wheelchair accessible and feature raised flowerbeds.|
|Scott MacDonald||Centre of Geographic Sciences||North Preston Land Recovery Initiative||Conduct surveys of control monuments in North Preston and surrounding communities to meet regulations and further support ongoing land claim recovery work.|
|Tristan Marvin||Centre of Geographic Sciences||Joggins Fossil Institute||Conduct a laser scan and UAV based data acquisition of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs to measure changes caused by erosion and support the ongoing management and conservation of the site.|
|Jocelyn Burke||Institute of Technology Campus||NSCECE Child Care Centre||Host a toddler and preschool oral hygiene event focusing on tooth brushing, flossing, fluoride, tooth decay, nutrition, sealants, and the first visit to the dentist.|
|Laura Mofina||Institute of Technology Campus||Eating Disorders Nova Scotia||Develop resources and self-care boxes to assists a 12-week support group for individuals in the community dealing with various forms of eating disorders.|
|Kelly Hurshman||Institute of Technology Campus||East Hants Family Resource Centre||Establish a records management system for the Mommy2Be program.|
|Lori Allen||Institute of Technology Campus||The Club Inclusion||Secure a garbage disposal program for The Club Inclusion, which offers programming for young persons with diverse abilities.|
|Morgan MacPherson||Kingstec Campus||Community Inc.||Conduct primary and secondary research to inform future programming for disadvantaged and marginalized members of society—including those with criminal records.|
|Molly Arnold||Lunenburg Campus||Municipality of the District of Chester||Design a sustainable trail in Gold River as well as interpretive signage detailing local flora and fauna.|
|Bianca Boudreau||Lunenburg Campus||The Deanery Project||Create a comprehensive plan to attract pollinator bees to the area, as well as conduct outreach and educational activities.|
|Emma-Leigh Dondale||Lunenburg Campus||Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute||Build ten loon platforms to protect loon nests from land-based predators and preserve the population.|
|Scott Lugar||Lunenburg Campus||Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation||Assess the effectiveness of culverts on the South Shore of Nova Scotia for fish passage and water flow to determine necessary work for Summer 2017.|
|Sam Hudson||Lunenburg Campus||Bird Studies Canada||Conduct a 3-month research study on Harlequin Ducks, their migration habits, close associations, and persistency.|
|Lisa MacDonald||Marconi Campus||Various||Launch the “Goodies for Gals” program to provide care packages to women’s shelters and programs.|
|Alicia Guy||Marconi Campus||Cape Breton Regional Municipality||Design and build a structure at Smelt Brook Park in North Sydney to house a picnic table and provide shade and shelter for park users.|
|Allie Braun||Pictou Campus||Multicultural Association of Pictou County||Increase awareness of the Multicultural Association of Pictou County, and its services for newcomers to the area, through outreach and educational activities and events.|
|Evan Lafford||Strait Area Campus||Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources||Construct a tipi—where First Nations persons can practice and share cultural traditions—using the two-eyed seeing method in the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report.|
|Kendall Hubley||Truro Campus||L'nu Sipuk Kina'muokuom School||Launch “Project Kindness” to empower Grade 6 students to improve their financial literacy and knowledge of business techniques through a mirco business venture.|
|Joy Larusic||Truro Campus||Truro Homeless Outreach Society||Prepare and deliver meals and baked goods for shelter users and conduct survey of needs.|
|Lisa Drost||Waterfront Campus||Big Brothers Big Sisters||Host a low-cost, high-value March Break Camp for families with children ages 6-12 rooted in age-appropriate development and the promotion of cultural awareness and diversity.|
|Mark Flowerdew||Waterfront Campus||MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning||Support the expansion of the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning’s Music Production Program for those who face barriers to accessing creative learning, with the purchase and installation of recording studio equipment.|
The Difference Dollars for Service Learning projects were announced by the Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, and Don Bureaux, President of NSCC, on March 2, 2017 at our Waterfront Campus.