robin kuniski/for metro calgary


Kevser Genc wraps Christmas gifts at TD Square. Genc is part of a program to provide opportunities for personal growth to people with developmental disabilities.

Calgarians too busy with Christmas shopping to wrap the presents they bought can get their gifts wrapped while at the mall – and also help a good cause.

The Core (Calgary Eaton Centre/TD Square) partnered with Varsity Education and Graduate Support Services to gift wrap presents for customers with proceeds going to the developmental disabilities program.

Featured graduate entrepreneur Kevser Genc has been with the program for several years and recently started her own creative business making pottery. For the mall initiative she made greeting and gifts cards to sell with the gift wrap.

“It’s been really exciting and fun. I was also nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought I should just do it. I am really glad it’s working out,” she said as she wrapped gifts at The Core.

Genc started “Sanat Ilfade”, which means Art Expressions, after graduating the program, which is sponsored by the University of Calgary.

Nancy Blevins, Varsity program director, told Metro the curriculum allows students with developmental disabilities to grow as people while getting an opportunity to find their niche.

“It supports and allows students with developmental disabilities to go to school when they may not have already had the chance. They need support to take risks and try new things,” she said.

Customers can drop their gifts at the gift wrap shop next to Eddie Bauer on the lower level of The Core Centre.