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‘I know what it’s like to be a student on a budget’: 7 Concordians on why they Shuffle

Are you ready to lace up? Register now for the Sept. 28 walkathon
September 20, 2018
By Molly Hamilton

On September 28, hundreds of Concordia faculty, staff and students will unite for the 29th annual Shuffle walkathon.

The 6.5-kilometre walk from Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus to the Loyola Campus is about raising funds for scholarships and bursaries to help Concordia students. Yet every participant has their own reason to get involved.

We asked seven Shufflers what motivates them.

Sophie Mailloux

Sophie Mailloux

Executive assistant to the Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost Planning and Positioning

“I Shuffle because I work with students every day and I see firsthand how bursaries can make a difference in their lives. Shuffle bursaries can help students afford a bus pass, pay rent, buy books for the semester, a winter jacket and much more.”

Monika Gagnon

Department of Communication Studies

“I’m Shuffling to raise funds for the Charles Gagnon Award in Communication Studies. My family and I set up the endowment in 2017 in memory of my late father, who taught communication arts at Loyola College from 1967 to 1974. I’m actually Shuffling for the first time this year because the Shufflers from my department I’ve sponsored over the years — Sheelah O’Neill and Henry Lemmetti — have now retired! Plus, the picnic at Loyola always looks fun.”

Brandon Montour

Brandon Montour

Faculty of Arts and Science

“I am Shuffling so that others can have the same opportunity and privileges as me, and so that others can maximize their potential through the education that these bursaries and grants make possible.”

Faye Corbin

Faye Corbin

Interlibrary loans supervisor
Concordia Library

“I Shuffle for a variety of reasons. First, it's an opportunity to reconnect with my colleagues and to get some physical exercise. Second, I Shuffle to build awareness about Concordia's support for its students. Most importantly, it's to help raise funds for students who have chosen Concordia as their university. Shuffle scholarships help quite a few make their dreams come true.”

Kathleen Di Caprio

Kathleen Di Caprio

Manager of Marketing and Brand Development, Recreation and Athletics

“I Shuffle because I graduated from the John Molson School of Business only two short years ago and I remember what’s it’s like to be a student on a budget. I was fortunate enough to have parents help pay for my school but I can’t imagine what it must be like to worry about good grades, social life, work, bills and tuition. Now that I work at the university, I want to help alleviate some of that stress by raising funds through the Shuffle!

Jerry Haikalis

Jerry Haikalis

Manager and co-host
CJLO’s Audio Penpals show

“I like to Shuffle because it's important to support Concordia students and it's a fun way to connect with people across the university.”

(Jerry is pictured with Shuffle coordinator Valerie Roseman.)

Ann McLaughlin

Ann McLaughlin

Career resource coordinator
Student Success Centre​

“I like to Shuffle because I get to walk alongside people I don't see every day. I have fond memories of Shuffling with my dog — we enjoyed the walk and the President's picnic at the end. I also like that it shows how Concordia is an involved community.”


Join them at Shuffle 29!

This year’s Shuffle is on September 28, 2018, starting at 12:30 in the atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV), 1515 Ste. Catherine St. W.

Already registered? Then take this opportunity to ramp up your fundraising! Every dollar goes directly to deserving students.

Shuffle is organized by Advancement and Alumni Relations and a volunteer advisory committee.

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