Join us for a night of food and conversations…

The Campus Ministry’s annual fundraising dinner comes back in a new and exciting form this November!

Join us to hear from Dr. David Swann on loneliness, the impacts it has on people and how we can help to combat social isolation that is occurring around us every single day. Social isolation and loneliness are two of the biggest issues impacting students today that the Campus Ministry helps to combat with its programming.

The night will feature many special pieces including:

  • A Syrian meal (menu here)

  • A Silent Auction

  • A keynote from Dr. David Swann

  • Live Music

  • Presentations from current Campus Ministry students

When: November 9, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Parkdale United Church (lots of parking available)

Tickets: $35/adult

Tickets: $20/Kids under 12



This fabulous meal is being provided by Syrian caterers and features many amazing dishes. There will be two main options as well as appetizers and a dessert. Check out below to learn more about the food that will be provided!


Hummus & Pita

Hummus is one of the most popular middle eastern dishes eaten in North America today!

Hummus is made from chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) that have been cooked until tender and then mashed. You typically eat hummus by dipping pita into it.


Fatouh Salad

Fattoush Salad makes a frequent appearance on the Middle Eastern dinner table. A simple chopped salad dressed in a zesty lime vinaigrette. Homemade pita chips serve as croutons!



A Middle Eastern meat pie made with a simple, flaky crust wrapped and filled. We will have a cheese option and a vegetarian option available.


Main Dish 1

Rice & Chicken

A classic dish, rice and chicken is a staple food across much of the world.


Main Dish 2

Beef Kababs

Juicy beef skewered onto a stick surrounded by roasted veggies.


Silent Auction Items


‘Portraits in the wild’ Photoshoot with Robert Massey Photography

Take your next portrait or your next family photos to the next level, and get connecting with what you love!

Portraits in the Wild, from Robert Massey Photography, is pretty straightforward. They take you out of the studio and into the world to show off who you are doing what you love! These go beyond just pictures in the park. You know the ones, where you pose awkwardly looking at the camera waiting for the hour you paid for to be over.

These portraits aren’t that.

We want to get to know you, take you to places that mean something to you, and show you off doing things that are true to you. Wild means whatever you want it to; from mountains to rivers to kitchen tables.

These aren’t just portraits of you smiling at the camera in a bland location that doesn’t connect with who you are. These are portraits of your joy, your love, your passion, of places and things that make your heart smile.

The session can be upwards of four hours, depending on many factors (including location choice, which could be hiking up a mountain). You will receive at least 15 fully edited digitals (but likely more), with the option to purchase prints.

Value: $400

Donated by: Robert Massey Photography


Photographs from Richard Betts Photography

Various framed, professional photographs from Richard Betts Photography featuring landscapes and African wildlife. Photos feature a metallic finish.

Value: $150/each

Donated By: Richard Betts Photography


Learn Photography with the Travel & Adventure Photography School

Looking to take your photography-game to the next level? Here is your chance. Take a personalized lesson from the Travel & Adventure Photography School, that specializes in helping you better document your adventures at home and abroad. Professional photographer Robert Massey will take you through all the steps of creating more dynamic and responsive imagery that will captivate your audience and create amazing art for your walls. This lesson will be personalized to your creative and artistic needs.

The lesson can be one-on-one or done in pairs. This is to ensure that each participant receives quality coaching. The lesson will include: a pre-survey to allow for personalization, a 1 hour class-style lesson, a 1.5 hour photo walk to apply these lessons, and a 30 minute photo review to discuss what was learned.

Value: $300

Donated by: The Travel & Adventure Photography School

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1.5 hour Drum Circle facilitation for team building or leadership development

Get your team together and bond over music making! A facilitated drum circle brings people together, allows them to break down barriers, and learn to listen and communicate without speaking. It’s fantastic for people of all ages and any skill level. No experience or musical ability necessary! They will provide the drums and the facilitator, all you need are the people and be ready to have some fun! The circle will be facilitated by Zoe Say.

Value: $150

Donated by: Zoe Say


Raku Fired Vases

Raku is an ancient Japanese technique of quick firing pottery. The are handcrafted by James Hibbert of Naramata BC.

Value: $60/each

Donated by: Richard Betts

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Elk Lakes ‘Reflection’ Art Print

12x18 canvas photograph from Robert Massey Photography of Mount Aosta in Elk Lakes Provincial Park.

Value: $150

Donated by: Robert Massey Photography

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Wine Gift Box from willow Park Wine & Spirits

A wine gift box from Willow Park Wine & Spirits with 4 bottles of premium Canadian wine (2 red and 2 white). This is a great night in!

Value: $150

Donated by: Willow Park Wine & Spirits

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2 Tickets to Vertigo Theatre

Two tickets to Vertigo Theatre mystery series production of “Cipher” on April 11, 2020.

Value: $80

Donated by: Richard Betts

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Faith and Spirituality Centre Swag

Swag from the University of Calgary’s Faith & Spirituality Centre; one of the locations the Campus Ministry works out of.

Value: $100

Donated by: UCalgary Faith & Spirituality Centre