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Thank you! Shuffle 32 shatters record and raises $668,000 for students

Professor Nadia Chaudhri named Shuffler of the Year after raising half a million dollars
September 29, 2021
By Joseph Leger, BA 15

Shuffle 2021

Shuffle 32 was historic. More than 550 shufflers solicited 9,800 donations and raised a stunning $668,000 — and counting — for student bursaries, scholarships, student programs and services.

The 2021 tally brings the total raised by Shuffle to more than $2.5 million since 1990.

Concordia President Graham Carr announced the total during a virtual closing ceremony on September 24.

“Thank you to everyone who walked, cycled or ran to meet their goals and thank you to everyone who sponsored or challenged someone,” Carr said.

The closing celebration was emceed by Shuffle 32 co-chairs Andrew Woodall, dean of Students and Barbara Henchey, director of the Office of the Dean for the John Molson School of Business.

Anabelle Caso, BA 21, a graduate student in linguistics, gave a moving testimony about the impact of receiving a 2021 Shuffle scholarship.

“Thanks to the support and education I received at Concordia, I have discovered a confidence in myself that I never believed possible,” said Caso. “It is completely infeasible that I would be in graduate school right now if it weren’t for the Shuffle scholarship I received — it changed my life.”

Nadia Chaudhri’s impact

Nadia Chaudhri, walking in paliative care

Shuffle 32's success can’t be told without crediting Nadia Chaudhri, professor in the Department of Psychology, who single-handedly raised more than $500,000.

Diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer 18 months ago, Chaudhri has chronicled her battle on Twitter. She quickly amassed a large following, more than 140,000 as of publication, thanks to her unshakeable positivity and her deeply honest posts.

When she entered palliative care in late August, Chaudhri joined Shuffle to raise funds for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award — a fund she created to support Concordia students from underrepresented groups who want to study neuroscience.

She shuffled in the corridors of her palliative care ward every day for as long as her body allowed.

For her extraordinary efforts and the inspiration she provided thousands around the world, Chaudhri was named Shuffler of the Year.

“Nadia, on behalf of the university, thank you for your remarkable contributions to Concordia as a teacher, mentor, star researcher and as a phenomenally inspiring citizen of our community,” said Carr during the closing ceremony.

“We are all thinking of you. We have all come to understand what a remarkably unbelievable person you are — keeping fighting the good fight.”

You can still donate to the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award on our FundOne page.

Shuffle awards

The Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award team was named Shuffle Team of the Year for bringing in nearly $542,000 (this includes Nadia Chaudhri’s total).

The Shuffle Leadership Award went to Katia Lorye, founding member and captain of CU at the Top team, which raised more than $30,000 for the Otsenhàkta Student Centre.

And Amanda Holt, BA 01, a member of CU at the Top, won the Shuffle Spirit Award for her fundraising and engagement efforts on social media.

Visit the Shuffle 32 webpage for the complete list of award and prize winners.

All gifts to the Shuffle count towards the Campaign for Concordia, which supports the university’s nine strategic directions and ensures a bright future for our students and our university. 

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