CDI College Sponsors Family in Need

December 16, 2009 | Manitoba

Winnipeg single mom able to celebrate holidays thanks to college’s generosity

Winnipeg, MB - December 16, 2009 – Christmas is a time to celebrate and spend time with loved ones, but for some Canadian families, financial hardships make getting into the holiday spirit tough. To ease the burden of buying gifts and other holiday expenses, CDI College in Winnipeg is helping one local family remember the true meaning of Christmas.

“When a student told me about this family not having Christmas this year, we had to step up,” said Tahl East, campus director at CDI College in Winnipeg.  “I know how important Christmas is to many people, especially young children.  Many of our students have been in this type of situation and have come out of it by changing their lives. We wanted to pay it forward.”

Joanne Roschuk and her two young daughters, Fiona (5) and Caoimhe (3) weren’t going to have the means to celebrate Christmas this year. Through generous donations from students and staff at CDI College however, Joanne will now have gifts for her kids to put under the tree and new clothes for the whole family.

“She had decided not to even put up a tree this year,” East said of Roschuk. “Joanne is overwhelmed with the generosity, but it was the least we could do.”

CDI is collecting a range of donations for the family from clothing to kids activities and toys, toiletries to gift certificates. More information on the types of donations needed is available from the campus at 204.942.1773.

CDI College campuses across Canada are also accepting donations of non-perishable food items for food banks throughout the country. Keep up to date with campus life and events at CDI on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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