By Dharampreet Dhillon
SAIT student association has raised ten million dollars and donated it to SAIT during a big announcement on January 23rd.
SAITSA worked for ten years to raise money. More than seventy thousand students contributed to this big gift to SAIT. According to SAITSA, the main purpose of this donation is to build a new building and start a new faculty in SAIT campus.
“The vision is truly inspiring,” “you work together better than nobody else for the benefits of all our students” said Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, SAIT in his speech to the students. “Congratulations everybody.”
Ryan Morstad, Chair, SAITSA board of directors presented this gift on behalf of current students and SAITSA as well as former students and SAITSA.
“We made it together” said Ryan Morstad in a face to face interview. “This was a long process and SAITSA of past years have made it successful, he said.” “This is not just a donation to SAIT, this is the donation to student space on campus.”
SAITSA tweeted, “history made – SAITSA’s $10 million donation is largest of its kind from a student association to an institute of technology in Western Canada.
A big event was organized to make this big and historical announcement. More than 400 people, including students, staff and donors got together in Irene Lewis Atrium. Presidents and Directors of past year SAITSA were also invited to the event. Students and other people who were standing there, had bells and artificial clap hand in their hands to celebrate this movement with full joy. After the great announcement the whole crowd started shouting, playing the bells, start clapping with the funny artificial hands. Free hot dogs and beverages were served to first 300 people.
I am so glad that SAITSA is using my money really well,” said Brigitte Matheson, former student of sait while attending the event.
According to Mr. Morstad, a referendum vote was held more than ten years ago to know that students are willing or not to pay certain amount of money for SAITSA and the results were surprising, majority of the students said “yes” to pay SAITSA fees. At this time SAITSA fees is 143 Canadian dollars. A few years ago, there was another referendum vote to release that fund. “We were supposed to start building new SAITSA HQ last year but it took longer time,” he said.
Answering to the question that is this money is not more than the spending on a building? Mr. Morstad said, the remaining money will be used for paying the loans.
“Despite of being supported by fellow students, we have to deal with a lot of problem,” said Parmvir Gill, Director, SAITSA in a face to face interview. “Everyone has to work hard in our association to make SAITSA works successful, at the same time we have to focus on our studies,” he said.
SAITSA works like all other student associations, it deals with the problems of students and try to provide them best environment for studies. As Mr. Gill said that they are dealing with government, big institutes, lawyers and so many parties.
This fund-raising work will continue and we will keep on spending this money for making student space better. This is the money of students and only for students. – Gill
According to SAITSA, every Wednesday, they offer free lunch to the students and always come up with recreational activities. So that student can break the monotony of their life and rejuvenate their minds outside of their classes.