Last week, students involved in service went out into Victoria to connect with local organizations in need of some assistance. Working with Our Place and the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society, some students spent their Wednesday afternoon answering phones, cleaning, packaging donations and anything else they could do to help out.
“Getting involved locally is our goal for Service Council this year,” says Dani Ward, one of the three heads of the council. In the past, Service Council has focused on problems abroad, and while issues overseas are still important, the council wanted to address local concerns as well.
With 35 members, Service Council is the largest council on campus and it’s popular for a variety of reasons. Head Liz Guilbault, who recently starred in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), chose it over Arts Council to give her a taste of something different. “I love it, because it’s another aspect of life,” explains Liz.
Another reason service might be so popular is its flexibility in terms of participation, allowing students to do more or less as their course and extra-curricular loads change. As one of five main areas of leadership at SMUS, service also gives its members more opportunities to take initiative and plan. “It gives students a chance to influence what goes on at the school,” says head Jen Rao.
In the next year, the departing heads are hoping their replacements will increase the impact of the council by spreading service throughout the entire student body and organizing more school-wide events. “The council has very committed people in all grades,” says Dani. “If they’re passionate, which they are, it’ll happen.”