The University Students’ Council is using money from the government to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Allie Adamo, the USC’s Student Programs Officer says the organization will be supporting two projects for Canada 150: iCanada and Hello Canada with the $2500 they have received.
“Instead of me sitting here at my desk and planning what I’m doing with this money [we opened] it up to students,” Adamo said. “We put out a call for proposals and we received eight.”
According to Adamo, iCanada is a social media campaign where students and Londoners will be photographed and interviewed about their experiences in the country.
“What they really want to do with the funding is publish a photographic book of everything they created throughout their journey,” Adamo said. “The sales from the books will be given to a charity representing charity values.”
Adamo says that the USC is planning a concert for the summer and hopes the book will be ready for the event.
For Hello Canada, Adamo says it is a six-part documentary series that will be focusing on Expo ’67.
The USC will be fully funding one part of the series.
“This project is about the centennial celebrations in the context of Expo ’67,” Adamo said. “More specifically, the international pavilions.”
The events will be taking place throughout the semester.
“It’s important to showcase that it doesn’t matter if you were born here, if came here [and] if you have only been here for a year, you are just as Canadian as I am,” Adamo said.
The USC is still working on dividing the funds between the initiatives.