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Record year for Shuffle

Concordians walk, run, bike — and raise more than $84,000 — for student scholarships and bursaries
September 29, 2016
By Howard Bokser

The Concordia community keeps raising the bar — and funds for students.

Under a beautiful early fall sky, more than 600 staff, faculty, students, alumni, parents and friends joined together for the university’s 27th annual Shuffle. The 6.5-kilometre walkathon from Sir George Williams Campus to Loyola Campus raises funds for scholarships and bursaries.

Shufflers at the September 23 event brought in an all-time high of $84,000 — and counting.

Shufflers Concordians had reason to celebrate after they raised a record $84,000 at Shuffle 27 on September 23, 2016. | All photos: Joe Dresner

Concordia President Alan Shepard helped launch Shuffle 27 in the atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex. After the walk, he warmly welcomed the Shufflers at the President’s Picnic, held on the Loyola Campus grounds in front of the PERFORM Centre.

“Congratulations on another successful Shuffle!” Shepard said, before announcing the total funds raised, proudly stating that it was a new Shuffle record.

More than 750 graduate and undergraduate students have benefited from Shuffle-funded awards since 1990, and the number grows each year.

Bram Freedman, Concordia’s vice-president of Advancement and External Relations, thanked the advisory committee and its chairs, Graham Carr, who was named Concordia’s provost a few days later, and Danielle Tessier, assistant secretary-general of the University Secretariat.

“Shuffle marks the launch of Concordia’s annual Community Campaign, which bolsters student life, teaching and research at our university,” Freedman added.

He also pointed out that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Loyola Campus and invited guests to enjoy some birthday cake to celebrate.

Shuffle is organized by Concordia’s Advancement and Alumni Relations and a team of dedicated volunteers.

Full day for all

John Molson School of Business student Bianca Debbané, a Shuffle Scholarship recipient and Shuffle 27 committee member, also addressed the crowd.

Shufflers at the President's Picnic Shufflers at the President's Picnic

“This scholarship doesn’t just represent financial help for me — more importantly it symbolizes my achievements,” she said. “It is a reminder of where I’ve been, how far I’ve come and where I intend to go in the future.”

The Faculty of Arts and Science group, led by their dean, André Roy, won the best online fundraising team honours.

Thanks to the many Shuffle sponsors, dozens of prizes were raffled off, including travel vouchers, iPads, hotel and store gift certificates, and much more. All prize winners are listed on the Shuffle website,

For the first time, a crew of volunteers rode BIXI bicycles along the Sherbrooke St. route to cheer on Shufflers.

Virgin Radio DJ Charli Paige acted as MC at the walk’s kickoff, while Le Gym staff helped get Shufflers warmed up before the big walk and PERFORM Centre personnel helped participants stretch and cool down afterward.               

Juno Award-nominated Patrick Lehman, BFA 09, provided a lively musical performance to entertain the crowd at the President’s Picnic.

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