By Zainab Chunawala
Meet like-minded people! Make new friends, take up a new hobby or learn something new! These are just some of the reasons students enjoy the CCSAI Clubs.
Whether you are looking to improve your communication skills, develop leadership capabilities or just finding your own tribe, these platforms can be just what you need! Here’s a brief description about the clubs which are active this year, that you’re welcome to join or connect with!
The Brazilian Club: Ricardo Kuwabara, president, explains “The Brazilian Club was created in 2018 by a group of Brazilian students, with the objective of seeking and sharing useful information, bringing together the Brazilian community in the college and promoting the Brazilian culture. For the current and coming semesters, we will be having several events related to adapting to Canadian life, getting ready to find a good job and having a good working experience after graduating.” So if you are a fellow Brazilian, and feeling a little homesick and looking for some connections to your country, you can find it right here on campus! Feel free to reach out to the club at: [email protected]
International Development Student Society: Jessica Bernard, president of the Club shares, “The International Development Student Society is a club dedicated to raising awareness, networking with professionals in the field, and the discussion of international human rights issues at Centennial college.”
This club has also engaged in some very interesting projects in the past, “The club has hosted Jeffery Ikeaka, founder of JIF, a non-profit NGO that helps local homeless people, while also building a community centre in rural Nigeria. We are excited to announce plans to organize an event with RESULTS Canada, hosting politicians running in the election to raise awareness of international development issues in topics such as: human rights, poverty eradication, gender equality, climate change, and food security to name a few, and to understand their perspectives on related domestic issues.”
Want to participate? Contact information: [email protected]
Right: from a presentation at the Brazilian Club. Far left: Members of the IDSS
CCSAI Centennial Moot and Advocacy Association (CMAA): The CCSAI Centennial Moot and Advocacy Association (CMAA) is up to very cool and exciting stuff. This club is aimed at supporting and educating students on mooting and advocacy practices and advancing the cause of justice and the rule of law. With the support of the Legal Studies Department, as part of the launch of CMAA, students from the Paralegal program competed in the second annual Lions Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition that took place this past June.
The president, Thushyanthy Thevarajah further elaborates, “We hope to inspire and work together with our fellow Centennial student community, to bring future workshops and lay the foundations for our very own campus initiatives in the field of legal studies.”
Thushyanthy can be reached at [email protected]
Biotechnology Student Society: Sreelakshmi Padmakumar, the president shares, “The Biotechnology Student Society is a platform for students to enhance their experience at Centennial by instilling a sense of community integrated with their curriculum. It is vital to make graduates of tomorrow realize that they have the potential of being small pieces, at the very least, of the tremendously complex unsolved jigsaw puzzles that our planet offers today.”
“In a nutshell, the purpose of BIOSS is to help our students to gain more knowledge through networking with the right people and conducting educational and fun events. We hope our club would be a platform for all to relax and have fun, and learn something new, simultaneously.” With such distinct goals and plans, this club sounds extremely promising! If you are also motivated about the environment and have similar interests, and would like to collaborate with them, shoot an email to:[email protected]
Apart from these, there are some other clubs too: Anime Guild, Software EngineeringClub, Latin Club & the Catholic Chaplaincy Club. You can always drop by the CCSAI Office to learn more about the clubs available and inquire about potentially starting your own in the following semester/year!
Visit ccsai.ca/clubs for more info!
Top right: BSS members at one of their meet-ups. Top Left: CCSAI Electronic and Worldwide Music members; Lower Left: CCSAI Centennial Moot and Advocacy Association