SAIT President launches the President's Giving Circle
SAIT has launched the new President’s Giving Circle to recognize a special group of donors. All donors who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more are invited to join the Giving Circle.
Members of the group have invested in SAIT in a variety of areas including the I.G. Lewis Student Emergency Fund, the SAIT Opportunities Fund (SOF) and student awards. The President’s Giving Circle is SAIT’s way of acknowledging the generosity and long-term commitment of donors to SAIT students.
President and CEO David Ross inaugurated the new group at a reception that preceded the 2014 Alumni Awards ceremony last October.
“The Circle is very important to me as I share your commitment to applied education and to student success, “explained President Ross at the inaugural gathering of the group. “Supporting students is at the core of all we do. I’m passionate about offering an outstanding applied education and launching fulfilling careers. I know you’re here because you also believe in our work.”
Terrance Malkinson, who supports two student awards for Trojans athletes, was one of 60 people who attended the reception. “It gives me pleasure to be part of this, “says Malkinson. “It’s confirmation that SAIT appreciates what we’re doing for the students. It was nice to meet with the president to get a sense of what SAIT’s plans are for the future. Being part of the President’s Giving Circle motivates me to think about giving more awards to SAIT because, quite frankly, it makes me feel appreciated.”
Circle members will receive occasional news updates ‘from the president’s desk.’ They will also receive invitations to visit the SAIT campus for tours and other events. The first of such events was held at the Art Smith Aero Centre in January and circle members were treated to an evening of friendship, food, drinks and even a little applied education in the form and function of aircraft (view the photo gallery).