Dedicate: Giving time
"I graduated from SAIT in 1977. Back then, the program was called Tourism Administration and it was very new — I think we were just the second graduating class. At the time I had no idea my career would include working as an instructor in SAIT's Travel and Tourism program.
So now when I have the chance to give back by volunteering with SAIT, it's because everything I've done in my professional life has come through that program. Not everyone can give tons of money, but I believe you can give back in your own way. You can always give your time.
When I do have the ability to give money, I choose to give it to SAIT because I know that ultimately the students are going to benefit. That's the core of what we do here - we take care of our students. As an instructor, I've had cases where I've known a student is suffering some hardship — and I know that even a small gift helps make it a little easier for them to get their education and go off on their career path. To me, it's valuable to give back. Even if I can only help one student, I am happy to do it. It's just how I grew up — it's how I was raised."
Jona Way learned the value of volunteering by watching her 80-year-old grandmother giving her time to community organizations. Recently Jona served as a member of SAIT's Alumni Centennial Advisory Group and in 2017 she received the SAIT Staff Volunteerism Award.
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