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College door-to-door campaign draws just one student
Anna Anushka was the only Niagara College student who volunteered for the school's "Good Neighbour" campaign on Monday. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Just one student joined Niagara College’s door-knocking campaign Monday evening, a program organized by the college’s student services department and Student Administrative Council to show residents and students in areas around the college what it means to be a good neighbour.

Anna Anushka, a 20-year-old business student, was the lone volunteer.

The group of canvassers comprised of members of student services, student council and the Niagara Region, met for pizza and an orientation before setting out to the Niagara On The Green neighbourhood for 6 p.m., but no students jumped on the prospect of free dinner; Anushka passed on the offer of food as well.

She wanted to volunteer to network and to have a hand in being a member of the college community, she said.

“It gives me the opportunity to talk to people, and it will add to my CCR (co-curricular record),” she said.

A co-curricular record is a college program to track and record participation in approved non-academic activities, such as volunteering for the door-to-door campaign, to enhance career portfolios.

Anushka said she’s volunteered through the college at Heartland Forest previously and is always on the lookout for more opportunities.

The student body was represented by student council president Tom Price and executive director Steve Kosh.

Anushka arrived just before Lianne Gagnon, the director of student services, set out on her own. The rest of the group, which included members of Niagara Region’s waste management services department, planned to spread the message without student volunteers in tow. But the lack of student volunteers wasn’t going to stop them, Price said.

“We still need to get the message out there,” he added.

Armed with “Good Neighbour Guides,” created by the college in partnership with the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and with literature on proper waste management provided by the region, canvassers took to the street.

Gagnon said the low turnout might have been due to the campaign being held on a Monday evening.

“Typically, we’ve had them on Saturday afternoons, so this will be the first time we’ve had it in the evening. Maybe that affects student’s ability to participate,” she said.

But in the interest of spreading the message, the group continued regardless.

“We’ll just go door to door and if they’re a student, hope that they’re starting the term off well, and here’s a guide, here’s some important information,” she said.

The reception has always been positive since the door-to-door campaign began a few years ago, she said.

“It’s really all about reinforcing the importance of good neighbour relations, welcoming students to the neighbourhood and reminding them what it means to be good neighbours, and just connecting with the students and residents,” Gagnon said.