When the oCaritasne and only building on the MSVU campus burned down in 1951, the people of Halifax showed tremendous support in providing locations for students to have their classroom lectures. To show their appreciation, the Sisters of Charity established Caritas Day as a day of community service. The Business and Tourism students volunteer their time on this day giving back to the community. The Mount students and faculty have an opportunity to connect with the Sisters of Charity, and to work together outside the classroom setting in a charitable event that is both beneficial personally and academically.


The Mother House before the fire.


The history behind Caritas Day: A day for MSVU to pay it forward

“I really enjoyed participating in the Caritas Day – it was a great learning experience and I feel like it is the least I can do to give back to the community that was so generous to the Mount in its time of need.” – Mackenzie Parker Winter 2020


The Business and Tourism Department celebrated Caritas Day 2024!

We helped to create a brighter tomorrow for everyone.

Where did we go?

  • The Prescott Group
  • With the Sisters of Charity we went to Hand in Hand, Caritas Residence, Adsum House and Chebucto Family Centre
  • Food Bank and Crow’s Café
  • Parker St Food and Furniture Bank

Hopefully next year we can show our appreciation to the community with your support again!

Check out our day in photos

We are got back out in our community this year!Business and Tourism student with prescott group member during Caritas Day 2023

The Mounts Business and Tourism students did a brilliant job of helping out at 6 locations this year. We had roughly 80 students, faculty, staff and Sisters of Charity working alongside one another at Prescott GroupMSVU Student Food Bank & Captain Crow’s Café, Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank,  Hand in Hand,  Adsum House and Caritas Residence, Sisters of Charity. It was certainly a memorable day for many, and we cannot wait to see you all again next year!

Check out our day in photos

MSVU Mother house and College 1931

We are very sorry to announce that we will not be going out in the community again this year due to COVID

If there is any community service you can do from the safety of your home please do so.

Hopefully next year we can show our appreciation to the community by getting back out on the streets!

January 27, 2021

Caritas, Latin term meaning ‘love for all’

Our students and faculty fulfilled the true meaning of the word this year by volunteering at these different venues:

We did get hit with a storm again this year but over 100 students and faculty didn’t let that dampen their spirits. This fun rewarding day began at 8:30am in Vinnie’s Pub. Volunteers then spent 3 hours out in the community at 3 different venues giving back before completing the day with some delicious Pizza.

Our day in Photos

This year students and faculty volunteered at:

Great turn out and fantastic work. Thank you participants!

2018 Business and Tourism day of community service

This year the Business and Tourism Department capitalized on the opportunity to give back to Halifax with approximately 85 student and faculty volunteers out in the community from 9am to noon. Spirits were high as the students returned from their volunteer activities with frozen hands but warm hearts.

This year we tried something new and a gave helping hand at the following locations:

Feed Nova Scotia
Sisters of Charity
Hope for Wildlife
Adsum House

Thank you to everyone for participating in Caritas Day 2018.         Our day in photos

2017 Annual Food Drive

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

On top of roughly 60 students and faculty who went out door to door collecting food, we had another 25 students working alongside the Sisters of Charity at Adsum House, as well as out of the Cold Shelter, Hand in Hand Shelter and the Chebucto Community Centre. It was wonderful to see such a diverse group of students engaged in giving back to our community.

Thanks everyone!

Dr. Peter Mombourquette

Caritas Day of Caring Shannex Connections – Scott Daniels, Manager of Co-operative Education interviewed

Caritas Day Food Drive 2016 took place January 27th. 100+ student participants and faculty volunteers collected from the community for our student Wellness Pantry.