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Mo’ than a Feeling: Inaugural FOS Movember Campaign a Huge Success

Chemistry and Biology Department graduate students show their support. (left to right) Salma, Khrystyna, Michelle, Mahroo, Samar and Grace.

The month of November is a festive time of year. While the semester winds down, the air becomes crisp and before the month is out holiday parties are being planned and you can’t help but feel the holiday spirit. That was especially true this year; the festive spirit in  the Faculty of Science was evident on the faces of its community – in the form of moustaches.

Movember has become a significant event that raises awareness and funds to support men’s health, with a main focus on prostate cancer and

male mental health.  In a different twist to the Movember Fundraiser, The Faculty of Science raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society for all forms of cancer research.

"While we completely support the awareness of men’s health, we wanted this event to involve the entire FOS community, and as such we asked for donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, where we could direct that money to all forms of cancer research” said Bryan Koivisto, lead faculty organizer. “We wanted this to be the FOS’s first big community builder, and it was a fantastic success in that regard.”

Lindsay and Jon show their festive spirit.

The FOS Movember organizing committee raised nearly $2800 for cancer research. The month had sales of baked goods, moustache memorabilia, and exams – that in combination with individual fundraising accomplishments led to this fantastic total.  

Dean Coe, who was especially enthusiastic about the event (see left) added, “I am particularly impressed by the ingenuity, enthusiasm and commitment to helping others that has been demonstrated by members of the science community and I would like to thank Dr. Koivisto specifically for spear-heading this important initiative… I look forward to next year’s Movember for bigger, better and bushier 'staches and even more money raised!”

Dean Imogen Coe shows us that even small moustaches are fashionable.

The event was not only a community builder within FOS; there was some friendly competition with other groups on campus as well. The Ryerson Rams Athletics team was also participating in a Movember Fundraiser ( and they were able to raise $1800 for this great cause. In fact, even within the FOS there were some personal challenges. Dean Coe gave four personal awards (4 x $25 gift certificates to the campus bookstore) as her gift. Handle bar moustaches seemed to be the most popular style this year, and it was no surprise that a handle bar moustache was judged as most impressive by the student panel.

Handle bars and so much more: (left to right) Dulce, Devin, Vasillios, Eden, Lindsay, Monica and Leslie


FOS Movember Dean’s Awards

Most Impressive Moustache (winner: Dr. Russ Viirre; runner-up: Jon Ward)

Best Artificial Stache (winner: Dulce Banegas; runners-up: Caltha Rimmer and Alyson Burtch)

Top Faculty Fund Raiser (winner: Noel George; runner-up: Bryan Koivisto)

Top Student Fund Raiser (winner: Adam Lapkoff; runner-up: Muhammad Raza)

Russ Viirre shows the focus and determination it takes to be crowned champion.

This event has been an excellent example of community building and it would not have been possible without the support of the Undergraduate Science Course Unions. Development and demonstration of student leadership is one the many cornerstones of a Ryerson University education. During the very busy month of November, a number of undergraduates and graduates in the FOS made this event possible.

“Through their organization of – and  volunteer efforts during – Movember events, these students have demonstrated remarkable leadership, resourcefulness, creativity, and above all fantastic time management,” says Bryan Koivisto. “I would like to personally thank (in no particular order) Nicholas Tulsiram, Burhan Hussein, Shane Harrypersad, Misha Aleksandric, Omar Abdi, Alex Samuelsson, Patrick Cantlon, Robby Earl, Ben Fischer, Rae Shams, Dilpreet Kang, Ravneet Gill, Avmeet Virdi, and Andrew Harris for their support and hard work!”

“Hello Ladies.” (left to right) Undergraduates Tamara, Sally Helen and Nande show how cool a moustache can be.

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