Answer the call for student success on SAIT Giving Day
Fatima el-Kadri (Legal Assistant ’19) knows a thing or two about connecting with people. As a senior supervisor for SAIT’s Student Calling Program, she has spent countless hours over the past three years speaking with SAIT graduates by phone. From updating people on campus events, to providing information about alumni benefits, to asking about their experiences at SAIT — sometimes even receiving solid career advice from fellow graduates — el-Kadri enjoys every opportunity to speak with our alumni family.
“Being a point of personal contact between our alumni and SAIT, and providing them with information about resources they can use, it’s amazing — it’s energizing!” she says.
A common purpose
El-Kadri has a busy schedule, splitting her time between her job at the Student Calling Centre, working full time as a legal assistant and pursuing a Business Administration degree at SAIT. But she finds her time on the Student Calling team more than worthwhile.
“It’s an exhilarating feeling when you’re on a team and working together,” el-Kadri says. “Everyone is there for a common purpose — to fundraise for support for student awards, programs for at-risk youth and other projects.”
SAIT Giving Day
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, SAIT is celebrating its third annual Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising challenge that supports students and celebrates the impact of philanthropy on campus. El-Kadri has participated in the first two Giving Days and will be taking the day off from her legal assistant job to join her team again this year in the calling centre.
“Everyone is super excited and in the giving mood,” she explains. “It’s so great because it’s all about the SAIT community. Connecting with donors, speaking to alumni — it’s all for one cause: supporting students and SAIT.”
When your phone rings on Giving Day it may be el Kadri or one of her Student Callers, so be sure to pick up and say hello.
Story by Zach Robertson