Pay it Forward Initiative Puts Smiles on Hundreds of Faces


Published: 12Dec2013

Over the years, the end of final exams has inspired any number of spontaneous displays of pure happiness, including high fives, chest bumping and uncontrollable giggling. But what was up with the 100 or so students boogying in the streets at the crossroads on lower campus on Tuesday, Dec. 3 – two days before finals kicked off?

... The initiative was the brainchild of Visram, who got the idea while doing an exercise on generosity in Anita Nowak’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation class at the Desautels Faculty of Management. “The idea inspired by the movie Pay it Forward, which is about doing random acts of kindness to total strangers without expecting anything in return. This was my way of giving back to McGill,” said Visram. “My professor and classmates were really great when I approached them with my idea. They all took on different roles.”

BCom students show support for Centraide

‘Tis the season to pay it forward at the Desautels Faculty Of Management, it seems, as their Management Undergraduate Society (MUS) has just committed $5,000 to the McGill Centraide Campaign. This is the first time the student society has given to this annual campaign and Joël Taillefer, President of the MUS, hopes that this gesture will encourage others to follow in their footsteps. “The MUS is extremely proud to support Centraide. We hope to inspire other student groups across McGill to give what they can, no matter how big or small, to this great cause,” said Taillefer.

Read full article: McGill Reporter, December 6, 2013