My name is Dorothy Ng and I am a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University with an intended major in Political Science and a minor in French. I joined Banner Bags as an Education Coordinator because it was the perfect opportunity for me to tap into my creative side while being sustainable and economical. Until becoming involved with Enactus, I never saw myself as an entrepreneur. Banner Bags has introduced me to like-minded people and provided me with outstanding examples of social ventures. When I’m not volunteering with Enactus, you can usually find me around SFU carrying my Banner Bag and sipping hot chocolate.
I had a wonderful experience at my first Banner Bags presentation on November 1, 2013 at Britannia Secondary. Michael, our Co-Education Manager, was an excellent partner to present with and Raymond, a fellow Education Coordinator, joined us as our PowerPoint clicker and cheerleader. We presented to a class of eight Home Economic students who were taught by Ms. Denise Isomura.
Prior to the presentation, I did not expect to speak to the students one-on-one and to get to know each of them individually. I thought that we would enter the classroom, stand in front of students, and simply speak about sustainability and the Banner Bags program. In reality, we had the opportunity to mingle with the students during our two games, as well as answer their questions about Banner Bags and university-life. As it was our first presentation, I knew that it would be a little rough, especially because we didn’t rehearse ahead of time; however, it went very smoothly! I’m confident that we will improve as we have numerous presentations to follow and many chances to perfect our presentation skills.
I also realized that I did not know the presentation as well as I should have, as Maddie and Michael, our Education Managers, had created a script for us ahead of time. I have definitely learned that it is better to put my own twist on things and learn the information using my own words, rather than simply memorizing some else’s words.
During our upcycling activity, a student suggested creating guitar picks from an expired credit card. As a musician, that idea had never occurred to me, though the more I thought about it, the more practical it seemed. With minds as creative as these, I know that Ms. Ismoura’s students will have an awesome time generating ideas for Banner Bags’ Go Green Challenge!
In addition, I was genuinely surprised by the excitement on the students’ faces when we gave their classroom banners at the end of our presentation. They were eager to see the designs and even asked us where we got the banners from. Some students liked identical patterns so they were elated to learn that one nylon banner could actually be shared between two individuals. Seeing the smiles on their faces made everything worthwhile.
As for Banner Bags this year, I’m excited to learn more about sustainability and to teach others about the same topic. I hope to spend some time watching textiles students sew bags and other garments as their dedication inspires me to pursue my own passions as well. I’m extremely excited for the Banner Bags Showcase in March and I look forward to supporting the entire team as they plan this remarkable event.
Photo by: Sukhraj Bhattal Photography