Dress for Success: An outpouring of generosity from MUN's Kindness Friday

Citizens of the metro area came out in droves on Friday, October 28, and they brought their work clothes with them.


The goal: to Stuff-a-Bus with gently used professional clothing such as blouses, trousers, blazers, shoes, and more.



Kindness Friday is one of many events organized as part of I♥MUNDays. Students and staff of Memorial University, the Confederation Building, the Marine Institute, as well as the general public came out to show just how big their hearts (and closets) are by donating their business wear to clients of AXIS Career Services Division of the Association for New Canadians. Donors were greeted by some very special volunteers including Zach Goudie of CBC, Miss Newfoundland and Labrador: Rebecca Dawe, and Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador: Kora Leigh Russell. Metrobus donated the use of one of their buses for the day, as well as the patience of their driver, Tom, whose smile never faltered despite being asked to pose for picture after picture.

Everyone experiences nervous anticipation before an interview, and the last thing you want to worry about is your clothing. Confidence is a key component of a successful interview, and feeling good about what you’re wearing certainly helps. Immigrants may be especially nervous before an interview because of a lack of familiarity with Canadian customs, and this includes fashion. By donating these clothes to immigrant job seekers, the community is assisting their transition into the Canadian workforce by helping them feel more self-assured.

All the team at AXIS and staff of the Association for New Canadians are exceedingly grateful for the generosity that helped Stuff-a-Bus this Friday. We’ll soon be organizing a 'free shopping spree' for our job seeking clients, so watch for updates in the next few weeks.