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January 2018

Full Soul comes Full Circle

Full Soul

It’s been more than five years since Christina (Marchand) Hassan spent a co-op term working in maternal health in Uganda. After seeing a woman die in childbirth and hearing statistics that said the same number of Ugandan women a day die while giving birth as in an entire year in Canada, Christina came back motivated to make a difference – and came to GreenHouse to help her vision become reality.

Fireside Chat with GreenHouse

panel of GreenHouse alumni sitting in tall chairs, talking to an audience

There was no fireplace at the February 13 fireside chat cohosted by GreenHouse and the Entrepreneurship Society on the idea of creating social impact, but the room was warm with honest, robust discussion and practical insights from the panellist of GreenHouse alumni who are all now pursuing social ventures.

Recognizing that the idea of social purpose businesses might be new for some in the room, panel moderator and GreenHouse Program Coordinator Lexi Salt began by asking the panellist what social impact meant to them.

Michelle Obama: Equality Talks

Michelle Obama at the Equality Talks

Pies, Polaroids, and micro-enterprises

two students being pied in the face

One of the fun bootcamp challenges GreenHouse students took part in this term was a micro-enterprise challenge: They were given $5 and three hours to see how they could create value for the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program at St. Paul’s, which funds one or two student refugees per year to live here.

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