Creating opportunities for growth
Before Kori Ford led her team of five fellow SAIT students to the National Geomatics Competition (NGC) at the University of New Brunswick last February, she led them in a successful crowdfunding campaign that helped pay for the trip.
Crowdfunding invites large numbers of people to make donations to projects they find inspiring and, after achieving their fundraising goal, Ford's team received additional funding through SAIT's Student Success Fund.
The Student Success Fund is a legacy of SAIT's 2017 Giving Day and is a priority fund for Giving Day 2018 on Oct. 30. The fund supports students in many ways including supplementing student clubs' fundraising activities to cover costs for entering competitions and attending conferences.
"Sometimes students don't have funds to take part in different opportunities that require money, so I think having the success fund for SAIT students is really important," says Ford, who graduated from the Bachelor of Applied Technology, Geographic Information Systems program in 2018 and the Geomatics Engineering Technology diploma program in 2017.
"Whether it's their interpersonal skills, their technical skills or just having the ability to go out and experience things, these opportunities are going to help students grow."
The National Geomatics Competition brought together eight teams of undergraduate students from across Canada. The teams were presented with a problem that involved various aspects of Geomatics. They had just six hours to come up with a solution to present to a panel of judges drawn from the industry.
"It was great to have the opportunity to get out of the classroom and experience this event," says Ford, who also learned new ways to succeed in managing stressful situations such as a competition.
"If I ever come up against that kind of stress again, I will be able to deal with it better than if I had never experienced it before."