Medical Students' Association

Fundraising and Charitable Efforts

The Affair of the Heart

This initiative is developed and maintained by first and second year medical students to raise money for an Alberta based charity each year. The gala is open to all ages and will feature a catered dinner, fashion show, entertainment, and silent auction. The evening is a great way to meet other students and faculty as well as support a very worthy cause!

2019/2020 Leaders and Contact:

Angela Messer
Manisha Bharadia
Brittany Schroeder
Taylor Heinzlmeir


2018/2019 Leaders: Bryce Tkachuk, Gayathri Wewala, Julie Le, Krystle Samways, Sofia Sagaidak, Aashna Duggal, Jennifer Ridder, Alec Watts


Run Without Borders

Run Without Borders is a 5 km run/walk and 10 km run used as a fundraiser for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF); also known as Doctors Without Borders. This event will be held on Sunday, October 20th, 2019. Established in 1971, MSF is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency health and medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. We are looking for YOUR participation as a runner/walker/dog-walker, or as a volunteer! All skill-levels welcome to this dog-friendly & prize-filled event!

2019/2020 Leaders and Contact:

Zander Affleck
Heather Halperin
Terra Morel
Topher Mostert


2018/2019 Leaders: Marissa Burns, Joren Manz, Perrin Michalyshyn, Zosia Prus-Czarnecka



Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser which takes place at over 60 colleges and universities across the country. Since 1964, when Shinerama began, more than $28 million have been donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and used for patient care, advocacy and research for cystic fibrosis (CF). Although CF remains the most common fatal genetic disease afflicting young Canadians, thanks in part to funds raised through Shinerama, there is hope that a cure for CF can be found in the foreseeable future. Each university's Shinerama campaign usually runs throughout an entire summer. All efforts lead up to one day known as Shine Day where volunteers go out into our communities to raise awareness about CF and raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada! Shine Day for the University of Alberta Chapter is usually held during the beginning of September!

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2019/2020 Leader and Contact: Qahir Haji,


2018/2019 Leader: Jacqueline Karathra


Outrun the Stigma

Outrun the Stigma is the largest student initiated mental health awareness run in Western Canada. Started in 2012 by a passionate group of University of Calgary students, Outrun the Stigma works to raise money for local mental health charities and organizations including Distress Centre Calgary while breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.

Since 2013, we have brought together more than 1,600 students, community members, and volunteers every year to raise over $44,000 for Distress Centre Calgary.

In May 2016 our student club initiative transitioned to a not-for-profit organization with the goal of expanding our online platform and hosting our annual event in cities and communities across Canada. Our goal is to reduce mental health stigma by hosting annual Outrun the Stigma event runs and hosting an online story sharing platform. We started in Calgary, now with chapters in Edmonton and Toronto, and we will expand throughout Canada in the coming years.

How you can help:

  1. Become an OTS ambassador and support the local Edmonton chapter throughout the year with fundraising efforts
  2. Become an OTS volunteer for the Edmonton run (happening on October 15 this year!)
  3. Share your mental health experience with us on our story sharing platform
  4. … and many more ways!

Our story sharing platform can be accessed here:
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2019/2020 Leaders:


The Volunesia Initiative

The Volunesia Initiative (TVI) is a group of students that attempt to bring awareness and support global non-profit organizations that promote the enhancement of social determinants of health. This year, the initiative will focus on supporting All Hands and All Hearts through local fundraisers. Further, we hope to expand this initiative to support international organizations that that incoming students are passionate about.

2019/2020 Leader and Contact:

Name:  E-mail: 
Heather Halperin 
Stewart Rowe