Calling for student success
Cassandra Pillay knows exactly what she would say to SAIT graduates who are making donations through the Student Calling Program.
"I would thank them so much for what they have contributed, and explain why what they have done is such a huge thing," says Pillay.
Pillay supervises the program's team of nearly 30 students who phone alumni to update their contact information, share news about SAIT and raise funds to support various programs — and she knows first-hand how every donation makes an impact. Originally from South Africa, Pillay studied at SAIT as an international student and graduated from the Emergency Medical Responder program in 2016. She is currently a student in SAIT's Rehabilitation Therapy program.
"Every donation, no matter how small, helps. It shows students they are worth something, and it's a reward for trying their hardest. From an international student's perspective, I explain it really does mean a lot to just get a little bit of financial help."
In 2017, the Student Calling Program talked to 30,000 alumni, who gave a total of $31,315.
"When you support students at SAIT, they are going to go straight into the workforce, and that's really important to support," Pillay says.