Hi! My name is Jessie Saker and I am in my 5th year at Brock – currently doing Teacher Education. I am the President and founder of Brock’s Champions of Change Club! Last year around this time I was inspired by a friend of mine at, who is passionate about girls rights and the President of their club , so with her guidance I decided to start a club at Brock.
I identify as an intersectional feminist, meaning I understand that there are different and interconnected systems of oppression that many people face. It is not just a fight for equality for women, it’s a fight to combat the oppression of people who have a disability, are a part of the LGBTQ community, identify as a person of colour, and etc. These identities mean that everyone experiences oppression differently and in different ways. One issue of feminism that I am close with is combating rape culture and also helping educate men and boys to realize their potential and need to be a part of the solution.
The club that I am apart of – Brock Champions of Change – runs under the widely known non-profit organization Plan (Canada). They have numerous goals and initiatives, but they all come together and work towards a world that advances children’s rights and equity for girls. Our focus as a club this year was to fundraise money for Plan’s Because I am a Girl Movement. Specifically putting our money towards sending a girl to school.
“Send a Girl to School” is a initiative which advocates and supplies opportunities for girls to attend school. “Girls in many parts of the world have the desire to continue their studies, but not the means. This gift supplies that part of the equation. It provides girls in developing countries with the support they need to carry on with their schooling. This in turn gives them choices about a future that doesn’t only include marriage and motherhood. It gives them the choice to do just about anything. Which in turn, helps their parents, their brothers, their sisters, their communities – everyone – see that girls really can do anything they set their minds to, if only they have the chance.” This specific fundraiser is helping over 60,000 girls around the globe in small communities in countries such as Ghana and Sierra Leone. We are so happy to do our part in contributing to this.
The most money we raised was as a result with partnering with small business nonnas needles. She sold us feminist inspired shirts at a discounted price, so that all of our profits were able to go to this fundraiser. We amazingly sold out of all 40 shirts in 3 days! Our club is primarily all girls – except we have had some interest from a few guys in the past couple of days! We come from a variety of different programs and are all in our 1st-5th year here at Brock. Due to the amount of students we can reach, and being a ratified club under Brock’s Students’ Union, we are based at Brock’s St. Catharines campus.
We have had so many generous donations and interactions with our tables that we have in Brock’s hallways – so that’s a great start to being involved in what we do and supporting us. As well, we are always accepting new members and any interest in joining can be expressed by dm’ing our Instagram account @brock_champions of change or showing up to one of our meetings! As social media has become so popular, Instagram is the primary way people contact us ! Although I do receive the occasional message on facebook or have the odd conversation with other students in the halls in person.
We set a goal this year to raise 1000, enough to send 3 girls to school. So far we have raised $845! So we are well on our way and I am confident we can surpass our goal.
We have about 15 members so ideas are constantly being added for future events, but we plan on hosting a paint night in the future and will definitely do many more tables to either sell shirts, pins and stickers, or any other thing we come up with. Be sure to follow our Instagram so you don’t miss it!
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