Fundraiser FAQ

How does the fundraiser work?

UVic’s English Graduate Student Society (EGSS) is hosting a silent auction to raise funds for future EGSS activities and student support. This year, we have a fundraising goal of $200.

For this fundraiser, EGSS members have donated skills, experiences, and gently used goods for auction. We’re inviting you to bid on these donations. Winning bidders then donate the amount to EGSS and get to enjoy the skill, experience, or good they bid on.

How do I make a bid and when will I know if my bid wins?

Browse the online catalogue to see if there are any skills, experiences, or gently used goods that interest you. Click on the image to read a description of the donation and the donor’s contact information. To make a bid, contact the donor by email and let them know how much you’re bidding. 

Remember, even if you’ve contacted the donor with a bid, your bid amount may not win. In this case, you do not need to transfer money (we’re only collecting donations from winning bids). However, many donations can accommodate multiple people which means multiple bids can win those skills or experiences.

If you’ve made a winning bid on a donation, the donor will contact you by email within a week and let you know.

I’ve made a winning bid, how do I send my donation to EGSS?

Congratulations and thank you for supporting the EGSS! We prefer winning bidders send their donation value over e-transfer to treasureregss[at]gmail[dot]com. 

If your bank requires a security question for e-transfers, please use the surname of the person’s donation you are bidding on. Put the type of donation your bid won (eg. Persian language lessons) in the e-transfer message so we know whose name you used.

If e-transfers aren’t ideal for you, you can arrange to make your donation in cash or cheque by contacting either Julie Funk (juliemfunk[at]uvic[dot]ca) or Kevin Tunnicliffe (ktunni[at]uvic[dot]ca).

When can I *do* the thing I bought?

Once you’ve made a winning bid, feel free to keep in contact with the person offering the skill, experience, or good and arrange a date and time to meet that works for both of you. This is a good opportunity to discuss any other needs you might have (eg. drop-off or pick-up? Online or in-person?).

Vocal Coaching, Presentation Skills, or Speech and Communication

Usually termed Vocal Coaching; depending on the audience I am trying to reach could also come under the category of Presentation Skills orSpeech and Communication. Session(s) could take whatever form is most helpful or wanted. Perhaps this Hallowe’en you want to ensure that your friends are both amused and terrified when you deliver Old Hamlet’s fabulous speech that begins “I am thy father’s spirit, Doomed for a certain term to walk the night …” . Or maybe you have a class presentation/job interview/audition coming up you want specific preparation for. Or maybe you want to learn techniques/exercises in order to develop your public speaking skills in general.

Like most artists in Canada, I struggle to find employment; my solution was to go to grad school. Again. But I have an Equity card and everything. Here’s a link for my most recent Fringe Show: https://www.pacificrenaissancetheatre.com.

I have in mind one-on-one coaching, but I could certainly teach a general class of up to twelve. It depends what the specific needs of the bidder(s) are. I also prefer in person, but of course it depends on where things stand with covid; restrictions are easing but could change. Could be one session or could be more depending on what needs are; to be discussed.

Please contact Jennifer Doyle at doyleja@uvic.ca.

Embroidery commission

I will use my crafty skills to embroider a phrase of your choice in your chosen colours in a 4″ embroidery hoop on linen fabric! This would make a great custom gift for a loved one, or a treat for yourself. When complete, I can deliver this in-person, no-contact, or mail within Canada. No discriminatory or hateful language. Curse words are fine. One commission available.

Please contact Katy DeCoste at kdecoste@uvic.ca.

Set of books

A collection of books in good condition, including Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith, What Nothing by Anna Meister, Jaw by Albert Amonado, Hood Criatura by fei hernandez, and Shrill by Lindy West. This could work as a package for one buyer, or each book could be its own donation.

Please contact Katy DeCoste at kdecoste@uvic.ca.

Minor clothing repairs

Do you have a beloved item of clothing in need of repair? A pair of jeans ripped at the seams, a coat with holes in the pockets, or a torn cotton t-shirt? I can mend minor holes and tears in clothing by hand sewing (nothing major that would require a sewing machine, as mine is broken right now!). I would ask that people email me a picture or describe the damage beforehand so I can confirm that it is something that I will be able to repair. Drop off and pick up would need to be in person, but we can arrange for minimal or no contact. I can accommodate approximately 6 people throughout the week.

Please contact Sonja Pinto at sonjapinto@uvic.ca.

Summer sailing

Multiple options available

Summer Afternoon of Sailing: In person. Join me and my partner Matt on a 3-4 hour sailing trip in our (okay, okay, his) hand-built 15′ Navigator day sailer. Sit back and enjoy the sea breeze as we sail up the coast, or get hands-on experience and learn a bit about sailing. 1-2 people.

Summer Sailing with Catch, Clean, Cook Crabbing Lesson/Dinner: In person. Join me and my partner Matt on a 3-4 hour sailing trip in our (okay, okay, his) hand-built 15′ Navigator day sailer. We’ll throw down a crabbing pot, sail around, and see what we catch. Take your live crab to-go, or join us for a lesson in cleaning/cooking (beach cookout, or in our backyard in Langford). 1-2 people.

Please contact Julie Funk at juliemfunk@uvic.ca.

Bicycle maintenance lessons

Multiple options available

Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course: Zoom or in person (In person preferred—but I will hold both zoom and in-person sessions, as needed). I will go over basic bicycle maintenance procedures, tools, and other supplies. This will include instructions for a full safety check, basic maintenance, and how to change a flat tire. I will use my own bicycle(s) to demonstrate. Each session can accommodate up to 6 people. Students: pay what you can. Minimum donation for faculty/staff is $20.

Intermediate Bicycle Maintenance Course: Zoom or in person (In person preferred—but I will hold both zoom and in-person sessions, as needed). I will go over how to assess and adjust typical braking and shifting systems, including a description of tools and other supplies and considerations. Each session can accommodate up to 3 people. Students: pay what you can. Minimum donation for faculty/staff is $20.

Personal Bicycle Maintenance Lesson (one person; multiple sessions available): In person only. I will work with an individual to assess their own personal bike and teach them how to fix or adjust the braking and shifting systems. Other repair lessons are possible as well (flat tire, wheel truing, chain replacement), so feel free to inquire at any time (ktunni@uvic.ca). I will provide the necessary tools and a stand (location TBD). This will have to take place in two stages, as I will need to assess the bicycle to see if any parts need replacing before the repair lesson can take place. The bidder would be responsible for the cost of the new parts, though I can help get the correct parts. Students: pay what you can. Minimum donation for faculty/staff is $50.

Please contact Kevin Tunnicliffe at ktunni@uvic.ca.