One Day for Students volunteers at the event hub in Place Riel on March 6.

Outpouring of support for students in crisis

One Day for Students—the university's annual day of giving to support students—was a resounding success, thanks to over 462 donors, alumni and community members.

By Jessica Elfar
Dr. Kay Nasser with students at the One Day for Students kick-off event

On March 6, 2019 our community truly came together to show support for students in crisis. If you made your gift to One Day for Students, thank you for your generosity! You have made a real difference in someone’s life.

An amazing 640 of you— students, alumni, and members of our campus community—rallied to support students facing a financial crisis, through donations to the Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust. 

And thanks to generous donors Professor Emeritus Dr. Kay and Mrs. Dora Nasser, who matched donations to help even more students, the total raised for students is an incredible $166,517!

Dr. Nasser, who was on campus to help celebrate One Day for Students with a kick-off breakfast for socially-conscious students, said it is a very important day for him. “It’s one of the best things in my life—to be able to see students that are enjoying what they are studying, and at the same time, learning to give value to their community, to themselves and the rest of the world. This is what all our work is all about.”

Alumnus Mike McDonald, founder of the charity Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians, was the keynote speaker for the event and empahsized the importance of volunteering and community involvement to the 100-plus crowd of students and alumni.

“I feel it’s important to give back to the University of Saskatchewan for all that they have done for me and my family,” said McDonald, who said he is getting involved to show his appreciation for the place where Saskatchewan Blue Cross Recess Guardians started.

If you missed making your donation, there’s still time to support the fund, by making a gift of any amount.

Thank you for your generous support and your belief in USask students. Because of you, our students have peace of mind during incredibly difficult circumstances, knowing our community is behind them cheering them on.

For more information on One Day for Students, please visit



*Donations updated as of March 15.

Dr. Kay Nasser with students at the One Day for Students kick-off event

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