Apr 2010

Those who like it, like it a lot

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A couple of weeks ago, we asked if you thought it was a good idea to create Canadian Stem Cell Foundation Clubs at Canadian universities. And your answer came through clearly — you said “yes”. In fact, no one said “no”.

Like us, it would seem that you see a great way for university students to play a direct role in raising awareness about stem cell science, educating each other, and helping to build commitment. Exciting.

The real question is “Now what?”

So you said yes. And while the number of votes wasn’t huge, what was clear based on comments and other feedback was that those who voted are seriously behind the idea. (We also know that we asked university students to vote during the middle of exams — sorry about that.) The next steps are very important.

We have some ideas about what the Clubs could look like, but we need your thoughts and your leadership — let’s face it, you’re going to be the ones bringing this to life.

So, if you want to see a club at your university, and you’re prepared to help bring it to life, here’s what needs to happen:

  • Send me an email tmunnvenn@stemcellfoundation.ca and let me know what school you’re at, your program and year – and include your contact information.
  • Pull together a small group at your school and make sure you understand what you particular school’s requirements are for a Club. Think about what you could do to: raise awareness; get others involved; and raise funds.
  • Give some thought to what the Foundation could do to support your activities.

If we start to see a few groups form, we’ll find a way to get together — in person, on the phone, Skype — and make a plan for establishing the Clubs.

You’ve led this. And it’s a good idea. Keep leading.

(Thanks again Samuel. )

Trefor Munn-Venn is VP of Operations & Development at the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation. And he thinks that Samuel is on to something — and other people think so too.

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