India Night proceeds to enhance employment opportunities for Campus For All Students

By Greg Duck Posted: November 7, 2019 8:15 a.m.

Proceeds from September’s India Night were presented by Cultural Connections Regina to Campus For All at a ceremony on November 6 at the University of Regina. (l to r) Faith Savarese from Campus For All, Michael Lavis, Executive Director of Creative Options Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, and Dr. Renu Kapoor, Chair of Cultural Connections Regina
Proceeds from September’s India Night were presented by Cultural Connections Regina to Campus For All at a ceremony on November 6 at the University of Regina. (l to r) Faith Savarese from Campus For All, Michael Lavis, Executive Director of Creative Options Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, and Dr. Renu Kapoor, Chair of Cultural Connections Regina Photo: University Advancement and Communications

A generous gift from Cultural Connections Regina will go a long way to continuing the creation of meaningful employment opportunities for University of Regina students. 

Proceeds from this year’s India Night — Cultural Connections Regina’s annual celebration of Indian culture, cuisine, and community — were earmarked for the U of R’s Campus For All Program and its 4to40 initiative. At a ceremony held on November 6, the $120,000 donation was formally presented.  

“We were hoping for $100,000 so this was really big for us!” said Dr. Renu Kapoor, Chair of Cultural Connections Regina and U of R honorary degree recipient. 

Each year, Cultural Connections Regina selects one worthy local organization working to make a difference in people’s lives to be the recipient of India Night’s proceeds. For Dr. Kapoor and Cultural Connections Regina, selecting 4to40 was a great fit due to the tremendous impact and the employment opportunities it helps to create for young people experiencing disabilities in our community.

“This program is making the world a better place for young adults in our community,” said Dr. Kapoor.

Campus For All is an inclusive four-year post-secondary experience at the U of R for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Students in the program receive the same opportunities as their post-secondary peers including attending classes for four years; participation in campus activities; working with mentors; enhancing literacy and social skills; preparing for life beyond school; receiving a diploma; and, becoming a member of the U of R Alumni Association.

In 2013, 4to40 was created by Campus For All, in partnership with Creative Options Regina, to connect people living with disabilities with forward-thinking employers who were willing to embrace a flexible 4 to 40 hour work week. This initiative helps to give valuable work experience to those who normally face barriers to employment. 

“The opportunities created are life changing for our students. And transformational for their families,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. 

The funds from the donation will be used to fund support staff to enhance relationships with employers, create new partnerships, and deliver more support for students in the program. 

“Employment gives a sense of purpose and accomplishment, belonging, and the independence all of us want,” said Dr. Timmons. 

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