Loyalist Students Give a Little — Gain a Lot
By: Jennifer Bowman, 2nd Year Student, Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast
Last week the Loyalist College Esthetics and Spa Management students did something a little different with their skills. They volunteered their services at a fundraiser for a local women’s shelter.
Students worked alongside professionals on February 8th to help raise money for the Three Oaks Foundation. The evening was a fundraiser hosted by the Officer’s Mess Ladies’ Club at CFB Trenton.
A love for helping people and volunteering was at the heart of why Courtney Rose participated. Courtney is a second-year student in Loyalist’s Esthetics and Spa Management program who likes to get involved with school events. “I love the feeling I get when I do things for people and make them feel better about themselves. I’ve done other volunteer things within the community. I enjoy being helpful and not expecting anything in return,” said Courtney.
One of the women at the event was the base commander’s wife, Sherri Cochrane. She said she had never been to The Spa at Loyalist, but she definitely plans to go there now. “The students are really friendly and the woman who did my massage was awesome. I’ll be making an appointment at The Spa,” she said.
Loyalist College has been a part of the event since it started five years ago. Each year the fundraiser is for a different cause. This year 13 students from the Esthetics and Spa Management program volunteered their time and services. They were kept busy all night.
“I don’t think we could do this event without them. The services they offer are a big draw — Indian head massages and mini manicures. All the students are very friendly and courteous. I hope they have gained some insight into how far a little volunteering can go,” said Kim Holden, the president of the Officer’s Mess Ladies’ Club and organizer of the evening.
Courtney Rose took away a greater appreciation for volunteering than she had when she arrived at the event. She said she hopes her volunteering services at fundraisers such as this, and her love of helping people, will become part of how she’s known in her career.
Kim Holden said that the students’ participation in the event helped raise between $500 and $600 for the Three Oaks Foundation.
To learn about the Esthetics and Spa Management program click here or treat yourself and call (613) 969-1913, ext. 2671 to book your personal spa appointment.