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First-year students in the Interior Design program at the Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) were the driving force behind a re-design of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, using their newfound skills & experience to share with the society.
The renovation project grew out of the Professional Practices and Communication course, which is designed to introduce the importance of professional business conduct and attitude. Students learn the importance of preparing themselves properly for the job search process and how to prepare and present the proper marketing collateral. In this course students also learn the techniques to market themselves to potential employers. The course covers résumé and cover letter preparation, professionalism and appropriate conduct, written and oral communication, career planning, interviewing techniques and presentation strategies.
Looking to create a practical experience to accompany their course work, the first-year students and their instructor chose to dedicate their project to a society organization, settling on the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provides support to over 300 women, children and seniors every day. It offers and provides services like:
– hot meals
– free clothing
– secure mailing addresses
– phone and computer access
– functioning and secure toilets and showers
– sewing machines
– feminine hygiene products
– harm reduction supplies
– first aid
Doing much of the work on their own time, the first-year students turned to HomeSense, the project’s primary retail sponsor, for furnishing and decorative items. You can find charming, unique homeware that you’re likely to stumble across in a cool market or a tucked-away boutique (up to 60% off the rrp). HomeSense is a store where shopping is fun, and unexpected, where you might find the very thing you weren’t looking for.
HomeSense donated gift cards to buy items needed at the Centre, including lamps, tables, mirrors, art work and holiday decorations. Other sponsors included Shoppers Drug Mart, Herman Miller & Maxwell Fabrics.
The completed project was unveiled as part of the Centre’s Christmas party on December 18, 2012
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