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Release date: Dec. 3, 2019

A team of hospitality management students from Camosun College is organizing a unique fundraising event for the BC Heritage Fairs Society on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Robert Bateman Centre.

The event, BC Heritage Christmas features a holiday themed reception with canapés, beverages, and a silent auction. All monies raised go towards the preservation and conservation of B.C.’s cultural heritage, and specifically towards developing awareness, and appreciation of these traditions among young people.

The team is led by Lesley Bergstrom with marketing co-managers Kaitlyn Tran and Ranbir Padda.

Tran, an international student from Vietnam, came to Victoria two and half years ago and started studying at Camosun after an enthusiastic recommendation from a friend. She is impressed by the quality of education at Camosun and appreciates the opportunity to learn on the job.

“We’re working hard to put on a great event and all the instructors are supportive, telling us that they’ve go our back when things get stressful,” says Tran. “We’re learning everything from basic stuff like how to set a table right up to how to be manager. I feel these skills are very valuable because if you want to be a good leader, you have to be a great team player first.”

Marketing co-manager Ranbir Padda is an alumna of Spectrum High School and came to Camosun after graduation.

“For me, I knew that Camosun would be a great first step to start my career,” says Padda. “I really like being able to work on events like this and I’m learning so much especially because this event helps me understand more about B.C. history and the people who’ve made a difference. Knowing where you come from and telling people about it is so important.”

The BC Heritage Fairs Society is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to educating B.C.'s young people on Canadian history and heritage. Working with teachers, volunteers, and museum staff, the society engages students, connects local and family stories, encourages student leadership, forges connections between youth and community and promotes deeper appreciation of the province’s rich and diverse cultural mosaic.

Tickets cost $65 and a limited number are still available on EventBrite. For more information about the BC Heritage Society, please visit their website.

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Camosun students host fundraiser for BC Heritage Fair Society
Second-year hospitality management students Kaitlyn Tran (left) and Ranbir Padda (right) are co-marketing managers for the Dec. 5th fundraiser BC Heritage Christmas at the Robert Bateman Centre. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Last updated: December 3, 2019 2:59 pm

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