Isfeld Promise Project Winners

Isfeld Interact Club – The Push for Change 2022 Promise Project!


“We are super excited to advise that Isfeld Interact Club is the winner of The Push for Change 2022 Promise Project!” exclaimed Marie and Joe Roberts on Friday, June 17 that they won the $5000 prize. Inspired by Joe Robert’s presentation at the school last November, Mark R Isfeld Secondary School Interact students started the Shoebox Campaign Promise Project. After countless hours, they submitted a video and portfolio to the Push For Change Foundation in May.

The Promise Project aims to engage and empower youth to create a service-based learning project that addresses and helps solve the critical issues that put youth at risk in their school or community. Foundation directors, Joe and Marie Roberts commented “We thoroughly enjoyed reviewing your Shoebox Promise Project submission, your team truly is the “little club that can”!  They clearly worked together and demonstrated a creative engagement strategy while building and executing their project. Providing youth in need with a shoebox of “cheer” is indeed an empathic and charitable service that provides youth hope and partnered with the John Howard Society, it offers them a possibility of a greater future.”

“We chose our recipients of The Push For Change Prize money, to be The Foundry in the Comox Valley. In the fall, we fundraised and donated $1000 so we are very proud to have given a total of $12,000,” announced Comox Rotary Youth Director, Tina Doty. “Furthermore, there is an anonymous donor who will match donations up to $100,000 to support this vital project for our community. Thanks to our donation, The Foundry now has only $13,000 left to raise!”

The Mark Isfeld Interact Club has been organizing a Shoe Box Campaign for the past few years to provide some necessities and treats for youth in need as they fill shoeboxes with toiletries, food items, and warm accessories. Community members, staff, and students all contribute items including bus passes donated by Comox Valley Regional BC Transit and cash donations from Comox Rotary Club.

Victoria Mulrooney, Interact Teacher sponsor said “We are impressed by the time and energy our students put into the Promise Project. Payge Doty-Brown, Fia Enhorning, Sarah Roberts, Claire Saunders, and Paige Stuart have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to making change in our community. This year, we gave out a total of 82 boxes and included a hand-written note to express that somebody does care. We could not do this without our generous community sponsors.” Future donations will be gladly received by the Isfeld Interact Club.