2016 Campaign Hero – Jit Kaur Girn

What is a Campaign Hero?

Each year our UBC Community United Way Committee reviews the past year. We take a look at all the events that take place and the volunteerism involved. From this, we select UBC employees or students that stand out. We call them Campaign Heroes.

A Campaign Hero is someone that is recognized for their contributions and achievements. The Campaign Hero goes above and beyond the call of duty.

An Interview with Jit Kaur Girn

Jit Kaur Girn

Jit Kaur Girn is the Assistant Housekeeping Supervisor at Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS). Jit plays a pivotal role raising money for our campaign. For many years she has organized lucrative garage sales. This year, the garage sales raised over $6500! Jit also volunteers her time assisting with the Indian luncheon. We are so very grateful for all of Jit’s hard work and her continued commitment to the UBC Community United Way campaign.

How long have you been involved with the UBC Community United Way Campaign?

I have been involved with the United Way Campaign over 8 years. During that time, I helped organize a “garage sale” where items that are left behind by students are collected and sold with all the proceeds being donated to the United Way. Also about 3 years ago, I became involved in preparing food for the Indian lunch which is organized through some members of the Student Housing and Hospitality Services department.

Why do you volunteer for this cause?

I have lived in the Lower Mainland for almost 40 years and believe in giving back to my community in any way that I am able. The United Way does a great deal in helping underprivileged children and families and that is important to me as a mother and grandmother. I also think that with the cost of living being so high in the city, this fundraiser is a great way for students and families who are on a tight budget to be able to purchase almost new household items at a fraction of the cost.

What is your fondest memory from the involvement?

My fondest memory is from a couple of years ago; my colleagues and I decided that we would also sell homemade samosas during the garage sale. It was a huge hit and we were amazed at how quickly we sold out of all the samosas. Also, being involved in this fundraiser means that I get to meet and spend a few minutes talking with people from all over the world and learn a little bit of their culture as well.

What is your goal for next year? What would you like to see happen?

My goal is to continue increasing the amount of money we raise for the United Way through the garage sale fundraiser and would also like to see this event promoted throughout campus.

Building community

We’re lucky to live here. But we need to look after each other. When you give directly to United Way of the Lower Mainland, you are helping build strong communities, communities where people feel connected and supported. We help seniors live independently; fund bc211, a free telephone helpline; improvements forward.

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