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Matthew Raske

Matthew RaskeA native of St. John’s, Matthew Raske is a Commerce and Political Science student of Memorial University where, in addition to maintaining academic excellence and receiving scholarships and awards including a $25,000 Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies, he volunteers with a range of initiatives aimed at helping those in need and promoting mutual respect among all people.
 
When at Gonzaga High School, he led fundraisers and awareness initiatives of the school’s Peace and Justice Society, Eco Club and Pink Day anti-bullying committee, helping to raise money for Choices for Youth, the Canadian Red Cross, the Refugee and Immigration Advisory Council, the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and The Gathering Place.
 
At Memorial, as a founding member of the St. John’s Youth Social Justice Society, Raske helped organize panel discussions about injustices against Indigenous peoples and on human trafficking. He has also helped support fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society, for the university’s Global Brigades chapter to carry out projects such as purchasing supplies for medical clinics in Honduras, and to help the Community Food Sharing Association replenish stocks after a devastating warehouse fire in January 2019.
 
Raske participated in humanitarian missions to the Dominican Republic in 2013, Mexico in 2014, Ecuador in 2015 and Honduras in 2016 with Global Brigades. On these missions he helped build homes for families, schools for children, and a clean water pump system for a rural community.
 
He has done work terms with NATIONAL Public Relations in St. John’s and with the Office of the Speaker of the Senate of Canada in Ottawa, where as a communications assistant, he has contributed to a variety of communications, legislative, and diplomatic projects.

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