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OASIS Fundraises for the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society

June 11, 2014

Every year, the Organization of Alberta Students in Speech (OASIS) chooses an organization to support through a fundraiser during Speech and Hearing Month in May.  This year, we chose to fundraise for the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society.

The Organization

Choosing an organization to support wasn’t easy.  There are so many causes that relate to speech that we would like to support, and we wish we could have chosen them all.  We also wanted to make sure we chose a local organization, so that we could support the Edmonton community.

In our first week of our Language and Literacy class taught by Melissa Skoczylas, we learned about the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society and were immediately drawn into what they do for children with communication delays and disorders.  The Tevie Miller Heritage School Society provides funds to the Tevie Miller Heritage School Program, which is an Edmonton Public School “Program of Choice” that specializes in teaching children with speech and/or language delays, disabilities or disorders. The Society facilitates the provision of enhanced speech-language services that cannot be paid for from the educational allocation that the school receives from Alberta Education. 

The program is entirely funded by parents of children attending the school, fundraising, donations, and private benefactors.  We felt that providing specialized speech and language services is an amazing thing to do, and this was exactly what OASIS was looking for when choosing an organization to support.  In addition, several students in the M.Sc-SLP Class of 2015 had previously volunteered for this organization, making it an organization that was already close to our hearts.

The fundraiser

The OASIS Public Relations Committee (Andrea Perez-Leon, Andrea Simioni, Melissa Kinsman) took on planning for the fundraiser.  The fundraiser was held at The Comic Strip at West Edmonton Mall.  Starting in January, we began collecting donations for a silent auction, promoting the fundraiser, and selling as many tickets as we could.

The fundraiser was held on May 21, 2015.  We were initially worried about ticket sales, since a lot of us are not from the Edmonton area and don’t know a lot of people who we could invite.  Nevertheless, our wonderful classmates stepped up, and we managed to sell 91 tickets to the event!  With the ticket sales, and silent auction, we managed to raise a total of $2447.24 for the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society.

silentauction

Our silent auction at The Comic Strip in West Edmonton Mall.

We could not be happier with how the event turned out, and would like to thank the following people for their support:

The Tevie Miller Heritage School Society

OASIS & The UAlberta SLP Class of 2015

The Comic Strip

Our many silent auction donors: Peace Hills General Insurance Company, The Edmonton Police Association, Literacy For Life, Renee Carrier, Fort In View Golf Course, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Joann Newton, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Calgary Stampede, Telus World of Science, Vertically Inclined Rock Gym, GianCarlo Oddone of Automotive Technologies Inc., Domenic Laratta of Giusti Group of Companies, Donna Nash, Chianti Cafe, Canyon Creek Toyota, Southgate Buick GMC, Delaney Jackson, Edmonton Eskimos

And everyone who attended the event!  We could not have done this without you, and we are happy to have been able to support an organization that does amazing things for children.

Awe and joy.

– Andrea Perez-Leon, OASIS Public Relations Committee

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For more information on the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society, visit http://www.teviemillerheritage.epsb.ca/

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