The University of Manitoba ITE Student Chapter recognizes the importance of building a well connected vibrant community. Through our community initiatives we work to educate the community on transportation alternatives and empower them to make safer and more sustainable travel choices. We don't limit ourselves to transportation issues either, the Student Chapter supports other community involvement that our members feel strongly about.
Our Chapter adopted an 8 km stretch of the South Perimeter highway about 5 years ago. We maintain our part of the commitment by sending a group of hard working volunteers to the highway segment in the fall and spring each year to remove roadside litter.
Sometimes it can be a little chilly, however, this event often has a great turnout with lots of interesting finds.
We had our most recent cleanup event on October 15th, 2017 and are hoping to have another one very soon!
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer. Our Student Chapter participates in the annual fundraising by assembling a team and collecting donations. Check out our newsletters to see the growth.
Visit the Movember Foundation website to see how you can get involved!
In the spring of 2018 our Student Chapter partnered with CanU for a four-part education series on Transportation Engineering. For 4-5 hours, every Saturday in April, members from the student chapter helped educated the CanU students on various aspects related to transportation.
The first event included a presentation given by chapter members to introduce Transportation Engineering. Students also had the chance to play around with a few fun transportation themed computer activities.
The second Saturday focused on traffic signals and technology with help from the City of Winnipeg Traffic Management and Signals branches. Students also learned how to edit maps on Waze allowing them to contribute to transportation data.
The third day was public transportation oriented with a tour of the New Flyer Industries facility and the Winnipeg Transit Garage. Students had the opportunity to see buses in various stages of development, learn about jobs at Winnipeg Transit, and take a ride on the newly constructed SW BRT line.
The last session centered around bicycle safety and maintenance with help from UMCycle and Bike Winnipeg. Students participated in a workshop where they were first taught about the importance of helmets and defensive-cycling techniques, and secondly how to perform some common bike repairs.
Blood Donor Clinic
Our students are always looking for ways to help out the community, and donating blood is a great way to accomplish that. Did you know that the victim of a car crash may need blood from as many as 50 blood donors to survive?
Canadian Blood Services sets up donor clinics on campus throughout the school year and we thought this would be an easy and convenient way for our members to give the gift of life.
Donating blood is something we can all do at anytime of the year. Click on the photo to check out their website and see when there will be a clinic near you!
Christmas Cheer Board
Held in three separate events, the Student Chapter works with the Christmas Cheer Board to provide families with food and gifts in the holiday season. Our first event is the annual ITE Pancake Breakfast in which members spend three days flipping and selling pancakes in the Engineering Atrium to raise funds. The next event is the purchasing of gifts and groceries and assembling the hampers for multiple families. Lastly, Chapter members deliver the hampers with to well-deserving families and their children. Thank you to all the pancake customers and Student Chapter members for making the events successful.
Middle School Education Program
A new community involvement initiative that saw its inauguration in 2017 is the new middle school education program. Chapter members presented to middle school students on the topics of bike safety, bus ridership, the general idea of transportation engineering, technology, road safety, and trains. In 2016 we visited A.A. Leach and Victor Mager schools and in 2017 we visited Grant Park. We included fun activities related to Perception-Reaction-Time, a demonstration of a bike ABC check, and a train wheel shape activity to help explain the topics in a fun and exciting way. We also rewarded students who answered questions correctly, with a brand new helmet! We look forward to seeing those students in the engineering world in years to come.