October 29, 2012
The University of Lethbridge 2012 iGEM team is hosting our Second Annual Brick by Brick Charity Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, November 16, 2012 in support of the Southern Alberta Self-Help Association (SASHA). The formal dinner will be held in the Students’ Union Ballrooms from 6 to 9:30 pm and will include keynote speakers Todd Wardale, with the help of Lindsey Richardson, to give his story of living with mental illness and his journey with SASHA, and the University’s own Dr. Jennifer Mather, Department of Psychology, with Jacquie Scantlebury as the master of ceremonies.
SASHA is a non-profit, charitable Lethbridge-based organization aimed at promoting independence among persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses. In the past year, SASHA has helped over 50 individuals to reach their goals toward successful community living by providing transitional and long-term housing, as well as supportive programs and activities. The SASHA vision is to create a community where people are free from discrimination and can live with a sense of self-worth and equality. To achieve this goal, SASHA seeks to provide affordable housing, increase community awareness of mental health, and provide a wide variety of programs to assist those living with mental illness.
The U of L iGEM team is a multidisciplinary undergraduate research team that has been participating in the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition since 2007, hosted at MIT in Boston, MA. Since joining the competition, we have earned two bronze and four gold medals. Last year, the U of L iGEM team placed in the Top 4 at the iGEM Americas Regionals in Indianapolis, and were the only Canadian team to place in the "Sweet Sixteen" (top 16) among 160 international teams at the iGEM Championship Jamboree. Having proudly represented the university, Lethbridge, and Canada at these competitions we would like to give back to the community whose support over the years we are very grateful for.
After successfully raising over $2000 for the MS Society, Lethbridge and District Chapter at last year’s event, we hope to again raise support and awareness for charitable organizations in our community with this year’s event. If you are interested in attending this year's Brick by Brick Charity Dinner and Silent Auction or would like more information about SASHA or the U of L iGEM team, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For, the U of L 2012 iGEM team