Camosun logo for print

Archived Content

This archived web page remains online for reference, research or record-keeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated and may contain out of date information. If you’re looking for specific information and haven’t found it, please contact

The crisis in Haiti has touched us all

January 21, 2010

“I’m proud to say the college community is rallying in different ways to provide support to the earthquake-ravaged country in this devastating time,” says Camosun President Kathryn Laurin.

Math instructor Nick Marsden is among several employees who are reaching out to offer help. Many know Nick from his volunteer work as co-president of Operation Trackshoes and his work with the Camosun Foundation.

“Today I’m passing on a request to help Haiti through my close friend and co-president of Operation Trackshoes, Judith Armstrong,” says Nick. “Judith is well known for her award-winning community activism and is a local board member of the Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti (CFCH), an all-volunteer organization which supports the Haitian-run Foundation for the Children of Haiti (FCH). There they manage a children’s hospital, a home for the disabled, a nursery and an orphanage in Port au Prince.

“Even after the latest aftershocks, the hospital is still active and has now been augmented by various teams of doctors and medical personnel from abroad. They urgently need the resources and supplies now to ensure they can save lives,” he says.

Nick is offering to forward donations to CFCH, a registered Canadian charity. Cheques may also be sent to the Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti directly. The society deducts no administrative costs – every cent goes directly to the organizers in Haiti. Tax receipts are given for any donation over $20.

Other college departments are also pitching in to help. Camosun radio station Village 900 AM is regularly broadcasting the various ways our community can donate or support the cause. They’ve posted information on Facebook, Twitter and their website. “Our view is simple,” says Brad Edwards, Manager of Village 900 AM. “We have heard from several listeners who are concerned and want to do something. It speaks volumes as to who our listeners are. It was a natural for us to jump on board as it is our responsibility as a communications entity to convey this information.”

And, Thursday, January 21, the Camosun African Awareness Committee and Arts and Science’s Cinema Politica present a special screening of Aristide and the Endless Revolution, a film on Haiti’s current political situation, 4pm in Young 216 at Lansdowne. Admission is by donation with all funds going toward disaster relief efforts in Haiti. A discussion led by a Haitian-Canadian follows the film.

For more info on help for Haiti, visit the Canadian Government international aid website. The government is matching Canadians’ charitable contributions for disaster assistance to Haiti.


Nick Marsden

Last updated: February 18, 2010 2:02 pm

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

©1996–2019 Camosun College | Victoria BC, Canada | Printed: May 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm Change Everything logo for print