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Nunavut Arctic College works with students displaced from Creekside Village

Iqaluit, NU (February 27, 2012) -- The immediate housing and food needs of the students and their families left homeless when the 300 block of Creekside Village burned to the ground last night have been met by Nunavut Arctic College (NAC).

All but one of the units lost was leased to NAC; however, the college is ensuring that the needs of the residents of the one additional unit are also being met.

“Our hearts go out to all of those students and their families left homeless by this fire,” said NAC President, Michael Shouldice. “The affected students stayed at the College’s Old Res and at the Frobisher Inn, while others are staying with family or friends. The College will arrange permanent housing for all displaced students as soon as possible.”

Students and staff are coming together to help out their classmates, and relief efforts are being coordinated by NAC. In Iqaluit, donations can be dropped off at the Nunavut Research Institute, which is building 959A.

The most needed items include personal hygiene items, child, youth and adult clothing, bedding, towels, baby items including bottles, formula and diapers, and non-perishable food. It is important that all donated items that are not brand new be in good working condition, recently laundered and/or washed, as families will need to use these items immediately.

Cash and store gift cards will also be accepted and distributed to families affected by the fire.

“Going to college has its challenges and something like this is a real set-back so we want to get these families settled into new housing as soon as possible,” said Shouldice. ”We will be meeting with the families to get a better understanding of their needs and will share this information with those wanting to donate as soon as possible.”

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Media information:
Peesee Pitsiulak Stephens
Nunavut Arctic College Campus Dean
867-979-7216

Jamie Bell  
Public Affairs Officer,
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Donations:
Mary Ellen Thomas
Executive Director,
Nunavut Research Institute (NRI)
Tel: 867-979-7202

 

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