Students help light the Lights of Hope

Electrical students pose with this year’s Lights of Hope display.

BCIT and Princess Margaret Secondary Electrical students and staff volunteered their time once again this year to help erect the 14th annual St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Hope 2011 display at Burrard and Helmcken Streets.

The Lights of Hope campaign illuminates the exterior of St. Paul’s Hospital with a spectacular display of holiday lights, inviting the community to give generously to the hospital. Since 1998, donors have given more than $16 million to St. Paul’s through the Lights of Hope. The display of lights is built entirely by volunteers using donated materials.

This is BCIT’s eleventh consecutive year of participation in the campaign. Electrical Foundation students dedicated over 800 hours to the cause and were responsible for tasks such as testing, set-up preparations, and wiring the display. Students were led by Don Zaklan, instructor of the BCIT Electricity and Industrial Electronics Foundation program at Princess Margaret Secondary.

This year’s Lights of Hope fundraising goal is $1.9 million. For further information on the campaign, visit Help St. Paul’s. For more information on BCIT Construction Trades programs, visit the School of Construction and the Environment. You can also watch a Global TV broadcast about BCIT students’ involvement in the project.

The Lights of Hope display will be illuminated on November 24.


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