Places to volunteer in Montreal

In an effort to bulk up resumes and graduate study applications, many students may be seeking a volunteer position at some point this year. There’s always the need for volunteers within various organizations around the city, so we have created the ultimate list of interest categories and potential corresponding volunteer locations for seeking students this year:

 

Tech/Academic

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Tutor at Le Baobab Familial   http://www.baobabfamilial.org/benevolat/ 

Ladies Learning Code http://ladieslearningcode.com/get-involved/ 

World Computer Exchange http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org/volunteer

C2 Montreal   https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/

The Centre for Literacy http://www.centreforliteracy.qc.ca/tutoring 

Concordia and Mcgill Universities http://www.concordia.ca/students/volunteering/opportunities.html  https://www.mcgill.ca/cle/team/volunteer

 

Business – Internships

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Narcity Montreal/ MTL Blog https://narcitymediainc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=37 

C2C Ventures Inc http://www.c2csocialaction.com/volunteering.html

Montreal Arts- Affairs  http://www.montrealartsaffaires.org/en/fiche/benevoles-d-affaires

Conseil des Arts de Montreal- business volunteers https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers

 

Arts and Culture

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Dress to Impress Montreal – Donate clothing https://montreal.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Artscene Montreal  http://en.artsscenemontreal.com/ 

Volunteer Association of Montreal Museum of Arts http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/volunteer-association-of-the-mmfa/ 

Conseil des Arts de Montreal https://www.artsmontreal.org/en/business/business-volunteers 

C2 Montreal https://www.c2montreal.com/volunteer-2016/

 

Health

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Alzheimers society http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/montreal/Get-involved 

Montreal Heart Institute https://www.icmmhi.org/en/about-us/become-volunteer 

Doctors without Borders http://www.msf.ca/en/volunteer-our-offices

St. Mary’s Hospital http://www.smhc.qc.ca/en/volunteers/volunteer-opportunities

Douglas Mental Health University Institute http://www.douglas.qc.ca/page/volunteer-options 

 

Animals

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SPCA Montreal  http://www.spca.com/page_id=7&lang=en 

Animal Rescue Network http://www.animalrescuenetwork.org/info/display?PageID=988

Humane Society Canada/International http://www.hsi.org/world/canada/work/puppy_mills/tips/animal-rescue-volunteer-hsicanada.html?referrer=https://www.google.ca/

World Wildlife Foundation http://www.wwf.ca/takeaction/volunteer/ 

 

Children and Montreal Youth

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Montreal https://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/mentoringprograms/becomeamentor/default.aspx 

Sun Youth Organization http://sunyouthorg.com/en/contribute/become-volunteer/

Montreal’s Children’s Hospital http://www.thechildren.com/volunteer 

Starlight Children’s Foundation http://www.starlightcanada.org/getinvolved/volunteer/

 

 

Politics and Human Rights

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Engineers without Borders http://legacy.ewb.ca/en/whatyoucando/volunteer/opportunities.html 

Bureau of Montreal                            http://cabm.net/en

Montreal Climate Action http://actionclimatmtl.org/get-involved/ 

Amnesty International https://amnestymontreal.org/category/volunteer-opportunities/

Unicef – ORT Montreal http://m.unicef.ca/workandvolunteer.html

Canadian Council for Refugees http://ccrweb.ca/en/get-involved 

La Ronde opens daily and plans huge Canada Day firework display

La Ronde opens daily and plans huge Canada Day firework display

La Ronde, one of Montreal’s most popular student attractions has this week launched full time ahead of an action packed summer. From now onwards, the thrill seeking Theme Park will be open 7-days per week through the rest of June, July and up until August 25th. La Ronde officially opened its doors last month, but the exciting Theme Park will finally be open to tourists and local visitors every day of the week for what is sure to be one of summer’s most in demand experiences.

La Ronde’s newest 2015 attraction ‘Maison Rouge – Labyrinth of Terror’ has already been a huge hit with visiting students seeking a thrill. The creepy labyrinth welcomes visitors to explore its dark and crazy corridors, only to be hunted and tormented by insane clowns. Fans of Stephen King’s IT will love this terrifying experience.

Other popular rides with tourists and locals alike include sampling ‘Monstre’ the tallest two-track rollercoaster in the world, being spun around with ‘Ednör’ the sea themed rollercoaster, or taking a plunge with Goliath, the fastest ride at La Ronde.

If stomach churning fun isn’t appealing, no problem because La Ronde has other less intense attractions to enjoy for those students visiting Montreal seeking a more relaxing day of entertainment. La Ronde’s more leisurely rides including the beautiful Grande Roue Big Wheel, which offers some of the best panoramic views across Montreal, and the park’s Minirail is a great photo taking opportunity, and one of the best ways enjoy the park at its summer best.

Canada Day “Royal Troops Salute” Firework Display

On Wednesday July 1st La Ronde will join in with the rest of Montreal to celebrate Canada Day. However this year’s Celebration will be extra special, with La Ronde planning to delight audiences with a Firework Display to remember. A special salute to the Troops of the Royal 22nd Regiment display has been carefully created by organisers which will be performed alongside an enhanced musical presentation. This firework display is an event not to be missed, and the perfect way to experience Montreal’s hospitality on one of the most important and patriotic days in our Country. Organisers also plan a Season Finale spectacular celebrating Madonna, which is currently being kept under wraps.

Where to stay when visiting La Ronde

St Cathy’s in Montreal is the perfect place to stay for an awesome summer trip to La Ronde. Just a 15 minute drive away you can be back relaxing in our stunning residence after an exhausting day of thrill seeking. If you would like some advice in planning your next trip, then call St Cathy’s today on 514-296-1312.

 

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Montreal will play host to the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. And you know what that means? If you ever plan to go to Montreal or are near the city, then this is the best time to do so!

Of course, just like with all things, if you’re planning to go to Montreal between the days of June 10-13, it certainly won’t hurt you if come “prepared”, so to speak. So, how can you do so, then? Well, here are some suggestions below you might find some use for this weekend!

Race day

If you happen to be a racing fan, then this is simply a can’t-miss event for you. Getting premium seats at this junction, though, may be a bit difficult for you.

Thankfully, tickets for general admission are always made available for a daily basis, though the only place you can sit on is at the grass beside the track area. If you’re the type of person who’s not willing to get inside the “thick” of things, then you probably won’t mind this set-up.

Stuff to do

Okay, so you’re going to Montreal, but you’re not exactly a fan of Formula One or any forms of racing, for that matter. Hey, it’s still cool: there are tons of stuff you can check out while you’re at the city, with each possibly “catering” to any interest you may have.

For instance, the place where the Grand Prix will take place, Crescent Street, plays host to dozens and dozens of restaurants that will surely indulge the inner foodie in you.

On the other hand, the clubs located on Crescent Street will also be bringing in world-class DJs and musical talents that will surely provide you the necessary break from all of those asphalt-burning activities happening this weekend.

The highlights, though, are inarguably the official Grand Prix Festival events happening downtown in all three days. Not only will you get to actually touch real F1 cars up close, but the entire street will be closed off for the events so you can be able to party with the local musical acts that will provide you entertainment on your stay.

Where to stay

And speaking of “staying in”, you’re in luck since St. Cathy’s is located right down from Crescent Street! If you’re planning to stay for the duration of the entire weekend, then what better place to do so than somewhere that is just right beside where the party is happening? St. Cathy’s houses a vibrant student community, and you can probably make a few friends along the way while you’re at it!

Exploring Student Life In Montreal

Student life in Montreal Quebec Canada can be one of great bliss and discovery. Even if you’re traveling thousands of miles away to study in one of the large universities or smaller colleges, the area opens up to students and tourists in a way that most other cities don’t or can’t. This island has 19 boroughs and is the second largest city in Canada. It’s rich culture allows for linguists to have a fruitful adventure as it is the only French-speaking city in the continent of North America. There are incredible opportunities for international and local students staying in the city to explore, as it is one of the best locales to live, learn, and play in.

For students that are seeking diversity, the bilingual atmosphere is just the start. The city has been known as one of the happiest in the world, and has been ranked high in terms of celebration and diversity. The city hubs play a role in hosting some of the largest festivals of music, education, and more. Whether you’re studying deep academia or exploring the far reaches of art and music, you’ll find that the area is home to a wide range of events throughout the seasons, even in the cold.

When it comes to art, you will not be disappointed. The city comes alive with contemporary art, museums, and installations. From major festivals that celebrate cultural history, to pop art and much more. As far as exploring the arts, you’ll be home with the incredible options to explore. From the Montreal Planetarium, Centre d’historie de Montreal, Montreal Science Center, to the Redpath Museum, McGill University and others, you will never have a dull moment in terms of exploring the artistic history of the city and surrounding educational centers.

Economic development has been growing in the area, and recently has boasted large scale projects around the borders. While the global economies are struggling, Montreal has seen vibrant employment rises, and major engineering, research, development and academic projects. This is a good thing for students that fall in love with the area and decide to stay after graduating from their studies. With so many employment opportunities abounding in nearly every industry, sticking around may just very well be one of the keys to the success the city has enjoyed for many years.

Student life can be more than just about studying, as Montreal Quebec Canada boasts some of the largest shopping, tourist, and nature areas in the nation. Not only that, professional sports as well as collegiate sports thrive in the city. With large scale arenas that house just about every type of sport, you will find yourself lost in the cheers of the local favorites. Professional sports teams include major teams in the MLS, NBLC, CFL, NHL, Canadian Women’s Hockey League, USL W-League, and so many others.

No matter what brings you to study in Montreal Quebec Canada, you will find that student life can be filled with a diverse array of activities. You will not be holed up in a dorm room studying alone, as there’s so much to explore.

Career and Professional Development Fair for St. Cathy’s Students

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Career and Professional Development Fair for St. Cathy’s Students

This Thursday’s career and professional development fair is an excellent opportunity for St. Cathy’s students to promote their talents and network with numerous companies gathered together for this national career event in Montreal. Countless employees and assistants help to make this event a success, which it’ll most likely be: 5 fairs, 160 exhibitors and 2000 job offers – all under one roof. This is a great opportunity for you to grow your career by finding a training program or a position in the field that you’re interested in.

Furthermore, several conferences and workshops will be made available to students during the event, in order to help them with finding a job. Plenty of topics will be covered, such as: resume, interview, networking, social media etc.

Also, to top it off, the career and professional development fair has added specialized pavilions, in order to cover as many areas as possible:

 

•                A Careers & Employment Pavilion where you can meet recruiting employers

•                An Entrepreneurship Pavilion if you wish to open you own business

•                An Employment Services / Immigration / Region Pavilion presented by Immigrer.com for those who need information and assistance for finding employment in Quebec

•                Electrical and Electronics Pavilion presented by Élexpertise – to discover job offers in this industry

•                SME Pavilion – for employment in SMEs in Montreal

 

The Career and Professional Development Fair takes places from April 13 – April 16, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Palais de congrès de Montréal, Métro Place d’Armes. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out! It is a wonderful opportunity for any student interested in securing a future. What is more, the admission is free – all the more reason not to miss an opportunity to meet your future employer!

How to deal with reading assignments

Unless you’re a genius or very lucky, the most effective way to have a successful academic record is to get yourself ahead. Depending on your field of study, your teacher may assign dozens of chapters a week. Throughout your whole education, you will learn how to read faster and more efficiently, so here are a few tips that I have learned:
You have to do your readings everyday, so you don’t end up with hundreds of chapters to read for the next morning. Take breaks so you don’t waste your time being unfocused.
Before reading, you must assure you’re ready for it. Make sure you’re motivated, had enough sleep, understand the context by reading the subtitles and words in bold or underlined.
Whenever you can, try to have your readings with you so you can catch up a bit when you’re on the bus or metro or waiting for them, in a waiting room or during your breaks. If your textbooks are too heavy to carry all the time, you can take a picture of them and read them on your smartphones. Moreover, many books can now be found in electronic format so update your eBook or tablet regularly with your weekly reading assignments.
As soon as you’re done with an article or a chapter, develop the habit to always write its summary, it will save you time when you’re revising at the end of the term. The summary should include the main ideas and its supporting points or arguments. Try to make it as complete as possible and write it with your own words as much as you can— it will assure your own comprehension.
 Try to always have pen and paper with you if you don’t want to highlight in your books. Write down key words or main ideas and even the page reference if you’re writing a paper.
Good luck on your assignments!

Why St.Cathys Residence?

There are certainly several reasons why any student would want to consider putting up at St. Cathys Residence. First, the residence is within proximity of a good number of academic institutions including Concordia University, which is just across the street. Secondly, the residence provides every student with everything that he/she needs to excel in his/her studies including furniture, Internet, heating facilities and coin operated laundry on each floor.

Thirdly, students who board at the residence need not worry about their personal security and that of their possession since the residence has security cameras installed at strategic locations in and around the residence. Add to these highly flexible rental terms, simple monthly billing system and online payment and you have everything you need to excel in your studies. Furthermore the residence is easily accessible, which also gives resident students easy access to the city and other locations of interest.

Easy Dorm Room Hacks At St. Cathy’s Residence

Want to learn some quick and easy dorm room hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time? Here at St. Cathy’s Residence, we have compiled a number of practical and useful dorm room hacks that will turn your ordinary dorm room into a pop culture inspired loft.

Heads Up!

Sleeping without a headboard? No problem. We have you covered! This super easy headboard can be made from stuff you probably have lying around your room. Now you can  free up the mess in your closets by combining two things into one!

 What You Need

  • ·wallpaper or fabric of your choice
  • ·cardboard
  • ·tape
  • ·utility knife
  • ·scissors

How To Do It

Simply draw a pattern of your choice on the cardboard with a pencil or sharpie. Newspaper works well if you want to first make a template to trace onto the cardboard. Once you have the pattern traced out, then simply cut firmly into the cardboard until the pattern is completely cut into. Now after you’ve cut out your headboard, take your tape and start taping down the fabric onto the cardboard. When you start taping around the curved parts (patterns) of the headboard, you can make little snips into the fabric to get it to curve around the headboard. Once your done just simply hang it or tape it behind your bed. Instructions can be found here: http://www.starsforstreetlights.com/2012/09/how-to-make-simple-headboard.html

Room A Little Funky?

Sometimes our rooms can get pretty stuffy especially during the dead of winter when its really cold out. If you keep the windows closed often then you’re not letting fresh air in your room.  If you’re out of candles or fragrances, then simply tape a dryer sheet to the vent in your room. As the air blows through the dryer sheet it will let out a pleasant aroma. This also works well on air conditioners during the summer.

Frame Your Posters Without Putting Holes In The Wall

If you want to make your poster collection look a little more creative and cohesive then try using washi tape as a border. Simply tape around each poster you hang. You can make all different types of abstract shapes and angles around the poster and the best part is the tape is easily removable and doesn’t leave any marks.

Have A Green Thumb?

Add some color and some energy to your room by adding miniature potted plants. This little bit of nature will help your dorm room come to life instead of feeling unbearably sterile. Get a little creative and paint the pot with some acrylic paints or embellish it with some stickers.

Need Some Lighting?

Decorate a mason jar with your favorite type of decorative fabric and place a battery operated tea light candle in the jar. Makes a great lighting fixture for your kitchen table or nightstand. Instructions can be found here: http://fellowfellow.com/sweet-diy-votives/

Keyboard A Bit Wobbly?

Having problems writing your thesis because your keyboard is dancing while you type? Simply use binder clips to fix the broken keyboard feet. Just clamp the binder clips to the bottom of the keyboard where the broken keyboard feet are. Problem solved.

Tea Please!

If you have a mini fridge, you can use empty tea cans to store your pens and pencils. Simply place a small magnet on the inside of the back of the tin!

Not From Around Here? Best City in Canada for Students!

The city of Montreal has the highest concentration of higher education institutions in North America, institutions that attract a good number of students from across the world. Some of these include Université du Montreal (UdeM), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Université du Québec, McGill University, Concordia University and Lasalle College among many others.

These academic institutions no doubt attract a good number of students, which raises the need for specialized student accommodation. Luckily, St. Cathys Student Residence exists to serve that need. Located downtown of Montreal City along St. Catherine Street, the residence provides accommodation to both local and foreign students with not just accommodation but a hassle-free accommodation for that matter, making it the best student residence that any student intending to study in Montreal needs to consider for a memorable student living experience.

Igloofest Takes Over St. Cathy’s Residence

Igloofest is amongst us again for its 8th consecutive year in a row. The annual outdoor festival will take place again in Old Port Montreal. World renowned DJ’s will be taking to the stage to bring you dirty beats and electrifying light shows. Brave the cold and dance under the stars to this years hottest electronic music.

Igloofest will be running for 4 straight weekends through the month of January and February. Right now the event is only in its 2nd weekend and is already creating much hype. Students from the surrounding schools will be there showing off their true electro colors.

Don’t forget to dress warm and wear colorful clothes. Igloofest photographers will be snapping photos of some of the wildest outfits they see from its concert goers. Glow sticks, neon jackets and sparkly hats will be much of the outer wear you will see at this years festival.

St. Cathy’s Residence is easily accessible by cab or metro. By cab it is only a 9 minute ride to the venue. The metro runs every 15 minutes if you wish to commute, Guy-Concordia (across from St. Cathy’s) to Champs de Mars. Make sure to tag along with some friends and play it safe, we know its going to be a wild night you’ll never forget.