Thanks to a $250,000 donation from Scotiabank

The UdeS Environmental Clinic provides an exceptional learning opportunity to the student community enrolled in an environmental program at the Université de Sherbrooke. Organizations, made aware of the importance of adopting more eco-responsible practices, benefit from the expertise of this talented generation for free. The Kliniek can now increase its activities tenfold thanks to a significant contribution of 250 $000 from Scotiabank, which will be the presentation partner.

Scotiabank wants to invest in the communities where it does business said Geneviève Brouillard, Senior Vice President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region at Scotiabank. † As we will soon be opening a facility in Sherbrooke, a partnership with the University of Sherbrooke is therefore a matter of course and the Environmental Clinic joins the sustainable development commitments we recently announced. adds Geneviève Brouillard.

Knowing the needs of the community and seeing the concrete results of their work is motivating for students. This is a welcome boost for organizations facing new environmental challenges. We see the importance of making meaningful connections between our students and the community. A donation like Scotiabank’s not only helps develop the clinic, but also increases the number of mandates executed per session. The whole community benefits says Professor Madeleine Audet, director of the University Center for Training in Environment and Sustainable Development at UdeS (CUFE).

Concrete benefits for organizations

Organizations across Quebec that decide to offer mandates to the clinic will benefit from the expertise of this environmental monitoring absolutely free of charge. During the winter semester, many of them expressed their great satisfaction with the expertise of students.

Sylvie Chamberland, of the Carrefour Solidaire Community Food Center, testifies to the importance of the mandate to analyze the impact of Laurence Pageau’s urban farming activities. † Since the start of the project, we had an idea of ​​the environmental impact, but we didn’t have the financial or human resources to do a full analysis. The clinic allows us to have a report that corresponds exactly to the reality of the project that help us improve our practices.

Nathalie Gendron, from Camp Bouffe-Nature, agrees: Matisse Nadeau-Décarie’s mandate made it possible to find interesting ideas for creating workshops on the environment for the children attending the day camp. It would have been difficult for the organization to hire an employee for the summer period.

For her part, Cindy Jones, from Melbourne’s MRC, was able to better orient the preparatory steps for a rustic footpath and cycleway project. † This collaboration made us realize that we needed to better define the project and focus on the hiking trail. She believes that Marianne Aubertin’s report will be very useful for the continuation of the project by the municipality.

A formative experience for students

Students who participate in the clinic are mandated for paid projects of 25 to 50 hours, spread over the duration of a semester. This way they can progress at the pace they want without their studies suffering. The Clinic team is there to guide and advise them where necessary.

During the mandate entrusted to them, they fulfill the role of real project managers: they propose a service offer, carry out the different phases, carry out the necessary follow-ups and meet the customers to ensure that they respond as well as possible to their needs. They then get a taste of what they will experience when they enter the labor market.

Pénélope Côté was able to carry out a mandate for the Regroupement du parc du Mont-Bellevue, which consisted of developing a policy on environmentally responsible events. She had the opportunity to put into practice much of the knowledge she had gained during her academic career, as well as to learn more about policy writing and the standard around responsible event management.

Marianne Aubertin, who held a mandate for the Melbourne MRC, also underlines the highly formative side of her experience which in particular enabled her to carry out a professional mandate as a consultant and perfect her knowledge of project management.

The consolidation and acquisition of knowledge and skills is an important part of the clinic that greatly motivates students to participate in its activities.

In short, thanks to the donation of 250 $000 from Scotiabank, the positive spin-offs are multiplying for organizations and students alike.

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