Vancouver Island University's culinary arts students are supporting a hospitalized classmate in the best way they know how - by baking.
A bake sale for 18-year-old Jasmine Bussiere, organized by her VIU classmates, had raised more than $700 halfway through the second day. All money raised will go directly to Bussiere, who was critically injured in a car crash with an alleged drunk driver while serving as a designated driver for friends on Oct. 11. She remains in Victoria General Hospital recovering from internal injuries, but friends say she is no longer in a coma and is progressing well given her condition.
On Wednesday afternoon, Bussiere's classmates Liam O'Brien, Stephanie Davis, Jane Ellis, Courtenay Gordon and Emma Wheaton sold gourmet baked goods, including lemon macarons and ginger cookies in the VIU cafeteria.
O'Brien said he hopes Bussiere is able to come back soon and doesn't give up on her choice to become a chef.
"What happened to her was an unfortunate tragedy," he said.
"The entire idea of this is to get the money to her and her family, and also to get a gift for her to show that all of us in the program still care about her and think of her."
Davis said Bussiere's accident was a shock, but she is recovering quickly.
"She's a fighter to say the least," she said. "Jasmine is the type of girl who would take care of anybody even if that meant going out of the way, so that this happened to her out of all people is sad. We're just hoping for her to come home."
Bussiere's classmates said that their class is small, and things have felt strange without Bussiere's outgoing presence. VIU culinary department chairwoman Debbie Shore also misses her, and said there has been an outpouring of support since the accident.
"The campus as a whole is really supportive. A lot of people have asked how she's doing," she said.
"It's a pretty hard thing to go through, but she's got youth on her side, which is good."
The bake sale will continue Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the VIU cafeteria and all proceeds will go to Bussiere's family.
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