UVic students help Our Place serve Victoria's most vulnerable

UVic students serving at Our Place
UVic students help Our Place serve Victoria's most vulnerable as part of a service evaluation research project.

It isn’t easy serving over 1,200 meals per day on a tight budget. This is the dilemma that the Our Place Society finds itself in as it reaches out to Victoria’s most vulnerable population.

Our Place contacted UVic for assistance and RPKM connected them with Heather Ranson, Gustavson School of Business Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Director at UVic’s Centre for Social & Sustainable Innovation (CSSI). Ranson’s service management students were ready and eager to help Our Place make the most of its resources.

Using skills and training acquired during their education at UVic, these students were tasked with examining different areas of the Our Place experience and formulating reports on how these areas could be improved.

“The students were very professional,” says Le-Ann Dolan, Director of Operations at Our Place. “Actually, they came in to sponsor and serve a breakfast themselves and got first-hand experience with the work we do before they began their research. We’ve never had that happen before."

“The reports are fantastic,” adds Dolan. “Some of the report is so valuable we’ve applied for a summer student to come work at Our Place and implement some of these changes.”

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