50 Acts of Kindness

We know Durham College is a community of go-getters – now it’s time to show that we’re also go-givers!

In April, as part of 50th anniversary celebrations, Durham College (DC) kicked off 50 Acts of Kindness, a project aimed at capturing a snapshot of how members of our campus community give back.

Now, with the holiday season upon us, it’s time to make sure everyone is sharing their stories of generosity and good deeds to help reach DC’s goal of 50 acts of kindness completed and shared before the end of this milestone year.

Whether you’re volunteering, donating to a food or clothing drive, helping a neighbour or surprising someone in need of a smile, you can inspire the rest of the campus community by making sure your act of kindness gets counted!

Register details of your act now. Once received, each act of kindness is posted below to build a virtual collage of goodwill and community.

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Sue Hawkins:
Outrun Cystic Fibrosis

Ajax, Ont.


On April 9, Sue Hawkins, School College Work Initiative administrative coordinator with the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, volunteered with and participated in the Outrun CF (Cystic Fibrosis) 5K Walk/Run to raise funds for CF research and drug therapy.

Development and Alumni Affairs:
Durham Family Court Clinic Holiday Hamper program

Oshawa, ON


The Development and Alumni Affairs office supported the Durham Family Court Clinic Holiday Hamper program by purchasing and delivering breakfast items for DFCC families.

Laurie Palmer:
Girl Guide cookie sale

Oshawa, ON


On April 8, Laurie Palmer volunteered to supervise a Girl Guides of Canada Rangers unit as the girls sold cookies to raise money for their trips to New York City and Georgia this summer.

DC Women's Soccer team:
Pickering Mayor's Gala Event

Pickering, ON


Six members of the DC Women's Soccer team donated their time at the 13th Annual Pickering Mayor's Gala Event. This Charity event has raised over 1 million dollars over the years. The largest beneficiary over the years has been the Ajax Pickering Hospital and this year Grandview House shared in proceeds. The 6 DC women Players were in charge of selling gift bags during the evening and sold 200 this year (most ever) netting $10,000.00 to charity

Dental Assisting Class:
Food drive for The Settlement House

Oshawa, ON


On March 3, students and faculty from DC’s Dental Assisting program collected and donated food to Simcoe Hall Settlement House, a non-profit community resource centre dedicated to assisting less advantaged children, families and vulnerable adults whose lives are affected by poverty.

Michelle Cole:
VON Durham, Handbags for Hospice

Oshawa, ON


I attended the VON Durham, Handbags for Hospice event on Thursday, November 30. It was a wonderful showcase of a community coming together for a wonderful cause. I bought a purse in support of the fundraising efforts, but what really impressed me that evening was that several DC students from the Pre-service Firefighter, Education and Training program volunteered at the event. Their participation certainly made a positive impression on all who attended. So proud!

Cathleen Edwards: Students helping Seniors

Oshawa, ON


Students in the Activation Coordination in Gerontology program have embarked on a project called "Adopt A Senior". For this project, they are working with older adults at Wynfield Long Term Care Facility deemed to be "At risk" due to limited visitors or participation in recreation programs. As part of this program, students have planned and held fundraising events to provide a holiday gift to the residents. They have raised over $400.00 (total is still rising)! They will be hosting a holiday event at Wynfield on Monday, December 18th from 2 pm - 3:30 pm where they will be providing their adopted seniors with a gift.

Greg Hussey:
Building fires with Oshawa Scouts

Oshawa, ON


On April 11, Greg Hussey spent time helping a Scouts Canada group learn the art of building fire.

Kathleen MacCarthy: Stewardship of the Earth

Oshawa, ON


Animal Compassion:
I pledge to refrain from purchasing or wearing animal products:

  • a vegan diet
  • nonleather footwear
  • fur, leather, down-free jackets
  • purchase used clothes from thrift shops
Earth Compassion:
I pledge to refrain from harmful activities that damage the earth:
  • a car-free lifestyle (cycle)
  • live simply, minimize consumption
  • refrain from purchasing harmful products
  • reduce energy consumption
  • child free

Melissa McLean:
St. Vincent’s Kitchen

Oshawa, ON


On April 6, two groups of DC employees volunteered at St. Vincent's Kitchen, where they prepared and served meals to the homeless and needy.

Suzanne Land:
Cleaning the community

Newcastle, ON


On April 29, Suzanne Land, senior payroll clerk with DC’s Finance department, helped a group clean the waterfront community and trails in Newcastle.

DC WVB Giving Back To The Future

Oshawa, ON


The DC Women's Volleyball team hosted a practice the 13U Durham Attack Girls Club team. This practice was for the players to give back to future volleyball players to help motivate and let them know what options they could have. The team is coached by alumni volleyball players Bob Clarke and Sophie Nicholson.

Melanie Pereira-Tucker:
Collection for women’s shelter

Oshawa, ON


On April 4, Melanie Pereira-Tucker, a faculty member with DC’s Early Childhood Education program, collected and donated clothing and supplies to a local women’s shelter.

Help-Portrait Northumberland 2017 Volunteers

Oshawa, ON


Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists, using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need. More specifically, I volunteered as a makeup artist and touched up makeup for the families in need who were having family photos taken.

Juliet Emily Mattock:
Donations for animal shelter

Ottawa, ON


On May 6, DC student Juliet Emily Mattock collected supplies, such as dog and cat food, treats, toys, blankets, towels and leashes, to give to the Arnprior & District Humane Society, her local animal shelter.

A quick break while hanging out with Santa and
some amazing Grandview Children's Centre families

Oshawa, ON


Volunteering with the Sensory Santa program at Grandview Children's Centre.

Sensory Santa is a special program that allows families of Grandview Kids to register for a specific time slot to have a private meeting with Santa Claus. It allows children with exceptionalities to have any specific accommodations they need met in order to have a special memory of visiting with Santa Claus and Mrs.Claus.

Jenna Vass:
Paying it forward

Durham Region, Ont.


On April 6, DC student Jenna Vass helped a stranger pay for her lunch because the woman didn’t have enough money. Jenna also bought an extra meal for a homeless man, who was sitting outside, that same day.

DCLT Gift Hamper for the Holiday Hope Program

Oshawa, ON


The Durham College leadership team sponsored a family this holiday season through the Durham Children's Aid Foundation Holiday Hope program. Through generous donations, we were able to provide a gift hamper and grocery vouchers to a family of five. This group donated in excess of the family's needs, and was able to also sponsor a hamper through the DC Food Bank.

Eleni Stefanidis,
Volunteering with Outreach Service food bank

Oshawa, Ont.


On April 14, DC student Eleni Stefandis volunteered with the Student Association’s Outreach Services, where she sorted and put food away for the campus food bank.

Meanie Pereira-Tucker
77 pairs of socks donated and given out to the homeless in Oshawa

Oshawa, Ont.


Melanie Pereira-Tucker, a faculty member with DC’s Early Childhood Education program, collected and donated socks to a local shelter.

Chelly Couvrette:
CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health Challenge

Toronto, Ont.


On April 7, DC student Chelly Couvrette participated in the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) One Brave Night for Mental Health Challenge to support and raise money for mental illness in Canada.

Whitby Campus Admin office team
Denise House donation

Whitby, Ont.


In the true spirit of the Christmas season, the Whitby Campus Admin office team accepted donations of new unwrapped toys and personal items on behalf of Denise House.

Judeline Innocent:
Canadian Diabetes Association donation

Newcastle, Ont.


On April 6, Judeline Innocent, executive dean of DC’s School of Health & Community Services, donated clothing, furniture and appliances to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Durham College alumni
Rose of Durham donation

Oshawa, Ont.


A group of Durham College alumni sponsored two families through Rose of Durham, donating items to fulfill each family's wish list.

Erin Guard:
Inspirational keys

Oshawa, Ont.


On April 8, DC student Erin Guard purchased blank keys, wrote inspirational words on them and then handed them out in the community to anyone who did a nice gesture or could use a lift in their lives.

The Spirit of Girls Breakfast

Oshawa, Ont.


On May 5, Pam Stoneham, associate dean of DC's School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology, attended The Spirit of Girls Breakfast and helped raise over $1,100 for programs that support and empower young women.

Conroy's No Frills
CCAA Golf National Championship

Whitby, Ont.


For every birdie at the CCAA Golf National Championship hosted by Durham College at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club, Conroy's No Frills (member of the DC alumni family) donated a pound of food to the Salvation Army. 460 birdies were shot over the four-day event.

Durham College volleyball teams
#thinkpink Night

Oshawa, Ont.


Durham College volleyball teams fundraised for breast cancer research through a #thinkpink night at a recent home game.

Jana Forsyth:
a warm family tradition of giving

Whitby, Ont.


Each year, the mother and sister of DC employment coach Jana Forsyth knit hats and scarves for students at DC’s Whitby campus. This year, in honour of the college’s milestone anniversary, Jana’s family took this beloved tradition to the next level, knitting 50 hats for the 50 Acts of Kindness initiative. Jana then worked with DC professor Tricia Wiseman and students from the Special Events Management program to raise awareness and funds for the annual campus food drive and to distribute the hats.

Meghan Ney and daughter:
DRPS Toy drive donation

Whitby, Ont.


My daughter collected new, unwrapped toys from family and friends. We also went shopping together to purchase additional toys and then donated them to the Durham Region Police annual Toy Drive.

Community Integration Through Cooperative Education Team:
Herizon House donations

Oshawa, Ont.


On April 19, a team from DC’s Community Integration Through Cooperative Education program collected and donated items to Herizon House, a place of safety for abused women and their children.

MGMT 4304
Fundraising campaigns on and around the DC Campus

Oshawa, Ont.


As part of MGMT 4304, Volunteer and Non-Profit Management, students are organizing fundraising campaigns on and around the DC Campus to raise funds, clothing donations, hygiene items, toys, teddy bears and more for local charities. These include: Durham Outlook, YMCA, Special Olympics Ontario, Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Durham College's Food Bank. These are happening throughout the week of Dec 10-17.

Danielle Harder:
Joanne's House

Ajax, Ont.


On May 31, Danielle Harder, journalism professor with DC's School of Media, Art and Design, volunteered to make and serve dinner for residents at Joanne's House, a shelter in Durham Region for homeless teenagers.

Cheryl Dustin and her DC Team

Oshawa, ON


Women's and Men's volleyball teams collaborated to support an DC alumni Cheryl Dustin (Barkley) with her battle of breast cancer for breast cancer month. Each member of the team wore a pink shirt and were able to right down a person who they wanted to support. Donations were made and Cheryl received over $500 at our home game on Sunday October 29, 2017 vs Canadore. I was able to connect with Canadore coach and his team also wore their pink shirts to support.

Jigsha Panchal:
Applecroft Public School

Ajax, Ont.


On May 31, Jigsha Panchal, student of the Business Accounting program, volunteered to help teachers at Applecroft Public School with their Scientist in the Classroom Day.

Kandice Rebello:
volunteering at St. Vincent Soup Kitchen

Oshawa, ON


On December 3, Kandice volunteered at the St. Vincent Soup Kitchen for the day, preparing meals, serving meals and cleaning up.

Lori Wilson:
DC Riders team-up for the Big Bike campaign

Oshawa, Ont.


On June 6, the DC Riders, a team of faculty, staff and students, participated in the Big Bike campaign where 29 riders power one big bike for 20 minutes in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Kandice Rebello:
helping those in need

Oshawa, ON


In 2017, Kandice committed the first sunday of the month to volunteering at St. Vincent Soup Kitchen, Oshawa with a group from Canadian Hearts & Hands to prepare and serve a warm meal to those hungry and in need.

Amanda Cappon:
Joanne's House

Ajax, Ont.


Joanne's House is the only youth shelter in all of Durham Region. It is a safe space, integrated within the Ajax community, that youth can access and reside for short-term stay. I am newly registered as a psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and since DC supports their faculty to re-engage with their field of practice in the spring semester, I decided to approach the Executive Director, Adrianna Vanderneut (also a DC grad) in winter 2017 and asked if I could volunteer to run an 8 week psychoeducation group for the youth in a volunteer capacity.

Janet Martin & John Burt:
Providing a family with food/produce to trade or sell

Oshawa, ON


Instead of exchanging gifts at Christmas the Print Shop duo purchase an animal (either goats or chickens) for a family in need. Providing the family with food and produce to trade or sell. This act of kindness is usually through the Samaritan's Purse or World Vision.

Debbie Johnston:
Students learn about parrots

Cobourg, Ont.


I visited Terry Fox Public School in Cobourg to teach students about parrots and conservation. I took Jazz - my Hyacinth macaw - with me for this half-day visit. For virtually every student (estimated 100+), this was their first experience with a live parrot with which they could interact. It also allowed them see an endangered species first-hand and get insights into avian intelligence.

Liz Campbell:
participating in the Holiday Hope Program

Oshawa, ON


As a family, Liz's family decided to not exchange gifts for Christmas with each other, instead through the Holiday Hope Program they provided 2 youth living independently in the community with a Christmas hamper.

Pam Stoneham:
Women in Power Build

Oshawa, Ont.


A team of Durham College women participated in the Women in Power Build event on June 15th in support of Habitat for Humanity Durham. $465 was raised toward this great cause.

Brian Betsworth:
organizing Canada's longest running Polar Bear Dip

Oakville, ON


As the stage manager on the organizing committee of the Courage Brothers Polar Bear Dip for World Vision Canada, Brian voluntarily contributes time, thoughts, effort, and expertise into producing Canada's longest running charitable Polar Bear Dip at Coronation Park in Oakville, Ontario. The same experience he put into Live Sound Reinforcement in the Music Business Management Program with the Faculty of Media Art & Design is applied to this event every New Year's Day. Not only that, but swimming in open water on the first day of the year is an amazing, invigorating way to make new beginnings! See you on the beach!

DC International
50 Greeting Cards

Oshawa, Ont.


The International Office worked together to create over 50 blank greeting cards. Each member of the International team filled one out to send a 'warm fuzzy' to someone at the college who brightened their day or helped them out. The remaining cards were put out for students, who were encouraged to fill them out for a professor, peer or staff member who has been kind to them.

DC Women's Soccer team volunteers at Annual Pickering Mayor's Gala

Oshawa, ON


Six members of the DC Women's Soccer team donated their time at the 13th Annual Pickering Mayor's Gala Event. This Charity event has raised over 1 million dollars over the years. The largest beneficiary over the years has been the Ajax Pickering Hospital and this year Grandview House shared in proceeds. The 6 DC women Players were in charge of selling gift bags during the evening and sold 200 this year (most ever) netting $10,000.00 to charity

Al Martin: Donation of money
to the DC Student Food Bank

Whitby, Ont.


Since 2014 we have held this get-together to enjoy the camaraderie that is the Whitby Campus, share some food and listen to live music. Each year money left over from this event has been donated to the Durham College Student Food Bank. This year (2017) we asked everyone to contribute an additional $5 and raised $500 through the generousity of those attending. Accepting the donation from this fundraising at the Whitby Campus is Kevin Dougherty from Sue Moore and Allan Martin.

Michelle Cole:
Handbags for Hospice

Oshawa, ON


Attended the VON Durham, Handbags for Hospice event on Thursday, November 30. It was a wonderful showcase of a community coming together for a wonderful cause. Michelle bought a purse in support of the fundraising efforts, and was really impressed that several DC students from the Pre-service Firefighter, Education and Training program volunteered at the event. Their participation certainly made a positive impression on all who attended. So proud!

Cooper Rowe:
Origami Macaw

Oshawa, Ont.


On September 28, DC professor Kimberley Black was the recipient of an act of kindness from Accounting student Cooper Rowe when he made an origami macaw and presented it to her after class. "Never underestimate the value of a kind gesture," said Kimberley. "It made my morning!"

Lori Wilson:
volunteering in the Whitby Santa Claus parade

Oshawa, ON


Deborah Duff, Linda Mondria and Lori Wilson (and the mascot) volunteered to participate in the Whitby Santa Claus parade Dec 2 2017. Together we followed along the Durham College Pipe Band spreading awareness and Christmas cheer carrying the 50th anniversary, driving the VOLT, and handing out candy canes along the route.