Members create Outstanding Projects for 10 Non-profits in RGD's second Virtual Designathon

From March 4 to March 6, 2022, 30 emerging designers and 11 seasoned design professionals gathered virtually to participate in the RGD's second Virtual Designathon, our 9th to date.


During the RGD's Designathons, design students and recent grads, led by senior professionals, work on real-life design projects for non-profit organizations. This event is an opportunity for participants to connect, network and get real-world experience while using their expertise to contribute to a meaningful cause.


Below are the projects created by our teams:


Alberta EcoTrust Foundation

Team: Aisulu Aldaniyazova, Laura Beaudin Student RGD & Danielle Wong Provisional RGD

Mentors: Josh McInerney RGD & Tomomi Lo RGD

Goal: Design social media ads that will run year round to grow their social media following and email subscribers to help increase donations.

Result: Click here to download the Social Media Guide



Brockton Writers Series

Team: Chloe Wang Provisional RGD, Andrea Bradford-Lambert Student RGD, Lauren Swant Student RGD & Angel Tran

MentorRobert Smith RGD

Goal: Design a logo for use across all platforms to cement and expand their brand recognition.



Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA)

Team: Mariia Ryzhenko Student RGD, Jodie Chow Student RGD & Andres Ramirez Provisional RGD

Mentor: Raymond Brand RGD

Goal: Design social media assets to enhance awareness of congenital heart disease (CHD) and CCHA, increase donations and gain more volunteers.




Council of Agencies Serving South Asians

Team: Tahsina Ahmed Provisional RGD, Rupsha Mutsuddi Student RGD & Disha Jaikishan Dhanwani Student RGD

MentorHayley Malcho RGD

Goal: Design the Council's brand identity to eventually be used across all its platforms.

Result: Download PDF 



DisAbled Women's Network Canada (DAWN Canada)

TeamDavid Ho Sang Provisional RGD, Annie Jong & Juliette Bricker Student RGD

MentorMichelle Hopgood RGD and Alessandra Cardone RGD

Goal: Design an accessible and eye-catching newsletter to help update and educate their current audience.

Result: Click here to download the presentation



Sinai Health Foundation

Team: Elizabeth Seidel, Yuyi Fan Student RGD, Elyssa Biringer Provisional RGD and Seda Gulyaprak Student RGD

MentorWade Gilpin RGD and David Nuff RGD

Goal: Design a social media campaign to increase awareness for a Pride Month edition of LoveLocks, a fundraising campaign with proceeds going to Pathway to Peers, a program that helps youth access health services.

Result: Click here to download the presentation



SPECTRUM, Waterloo Region's Rainbow Community Space

Team: Karen Mendoza Student RGD, Mariangela Bolivar & Rachel Mercer

MentorMike Scott RGD

Goal: Design social media assets to be used for a fundraising campaign, "Give the Gift of Belonging," set to run in June/Pride Month.

Result: "The team did some amazing work! Their presentation was stellar. They really took the time to understand us as an organization and I think their work really reflects our values and culture." — Scott Williams, Executive Director, SPECTRUM 



Sudbury Women's Centre

Team: April Go Student RGD, Aidan Dennehy Provisional & Laura Harper Student RGD

MentorAmy Eaton RGD

Goal: Design the brand identity for My Sister’s Closet, a community clothing closet.

ResultClick here to download the presentation


UN Refugee Agency in Canada

Team: Gavin Luo, Jaehee Rho Provisional RGD, Ainoa Matanza RGD & Obaida Zeino Student RGD

MentorManinder Singh RGD

Goal: Design social media assets for paid advertising to target new donors who are interested in supporting refugees and international development.

ResultClick here to download the presentation





Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation

Team: Sydney Yang Student RGD & Linh (Junnie) Nguyen Student RGD

Mentor: Teressa van Vliet RGD

Goal: Design a fresh, easy-to-read newsletter that raises awareness and encourages recipients to get involved, learn more and donate.

Result: Click here to download the presentation


Interested in seeing more? Click to see the results from the RGD's first Designathonsecond Designathonthird Designathon, fourth Designathonfifth Designathon sixth Designathon and seventh Designathon


A special thank you to Elyse Maxwell RGD and Noah Ortmann RGD for leading the efforts to organize this Designathon. 


If you're interested in participating in the upcoming Designathons email RGD's Executive Director Hilary Ashworth at


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