This was our first year as a registered SU (Students Union) Club at the University of Calgary. When we started, we only had 7 senior executive members, 20 signed general members, and essentially no funds. We were soon joined by 14 junior executive members and passionate volunteers. With the dedication from our executive team, volunteers, collaborative clubs, and our members, our club was able to arrange several events that addressed issues pertaining to our community and highlighted essential parts of our culture. We were able to achieve this along with room-brimming turnouts.
Our club established a significant presence on campus and fostered a community for those who are part of and are interested in African and Caribbean communities and cultures. We initiated celebrations of Black History Month on campus and started the annual ACSA Charity (Build Africa) Date Auction along with our cultural Celebration, Melanight, our two biggest events on and off-campus, respectively.
By the end of the year, we experienced exponential growth. We gained an Instagram following of 500, a Facebook following of 150, and a membership count of 200. Through our hard work and efforts, we were recognized by the SU as the Best New Club of the Year and received an Honorable Mention for Student life.