M by Laura Dillman Ripley ount Allison students have long been champions of philanthropy, fund raising and volunteering for various causes and organizations near and far. And with a good example, the University’s history and culture is one steeped in philanthropic efforts, from the initial donation by founder Charles Frederick Allison to the ongoing support from alumni and friends around the world who make a place such as Mount Allison possible. In some way, we are all the beneficiaries of philanthropy at Mount Allison. Students commit their first act of philanthropy within days of coming to campus with recordbreaking Shinerama campaigns in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. These, and many other actions were officially recognized this fall at the first-ever Celebration of Student Philanthropy, hosted on campus by the University’s alumni board. The event featured guest speaker Frank Oulton, a long-time Sackville resident and volunteer with several community organizations. When addressing the student philanthropists, he said, “you have found a cause you feel passionate about, and you have deliberately chosen to make the time to become involved and do what you can to make the world ‘a little better,’ because you care about the world and the people in it. That is philanthropy.” In the last academic year alone, Mount Allison students volunteered more than 18,000 hours to various organizations and raised an astonishing $360,000 for community and global groups such as Rotoract, Shinerama, Relay for Life, and Global Brigades. “The level of philanthropy and community outreach among Mount Allison students is exceptional,” said alumni board president Sean Connors (’81). “This success speaks not only to the hard work of our students but also their peers and members of the Mount Allison and surrounding communities in their support of these endeavours and causes.” The event was organized by the alumni board, in partnership with the student alumni association, the alumni office, and Kathryn Levandier (’14), the 2013-14 Layton Fisher Intern in Philanthropy at Mount Allison, a position established by alumni board member Layton Fisher (’57).  CELEBRATION OF PHILANTHROPY RELAY FOR LIFE / 29