It brought together many members of the Ottawa community, Carleton and University of Ottawa faculty, alumni and students.
The fundraising dinner was a huge success, thanks to the hard work and dedication by the Friends of University of Hargeisa School Social Work committee members. Guests were treated to a night of delicious food, an interactive lesson on Somali traditional dance, wonderful spoken word poetry by two local artists and exciting silent auction items all in support of the new social work program at the University of Hargeisa.
Members of the committee shared their reflections of the work that has been done by the committee thus far, Omar Ugas, one of the co-founders of the Friends of University of Hargeisa School of Social Work Committee and a Mental Health Case Manager at the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre spoke about his motivations in establishing a school of social work at the University of Hargeisa. Omar’s speech was focussed on the history of the project, its aims, expectations and the importance of social services for people who experienced war and related trauma.”
Allan Moscovitch, a professor of social work at Carleton University and the Chair of the committee stated that “the experience the faculty, alumni and student volunteers have gained by building a program from the ground up is an invaluable learning opportunity and Carleton’s School of Social Work is richer for its participation in this effort.” It was a fabulous night to remember!
Source : Geeska Afrika