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January 2018

Lost but Found at the University of Waterloo

Grad Carolyn

I was seven when my family left Newfoundland in 1944. When my father died two years later, the world became a puzzle I could not solve.

Giant Hogweed in my Head

Giant Hogweed

Yesterday as I was driving home from Toronto after visiting 2 dear friends from my University of Waterloo days, I began thinking about giant hogweed.

If the phrase “giant hogweed” doesn't fill you with an uneasy sense of dread, you probably don’t know what it is. And neither did I… until recently.

University & Curiosity

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

Building Bridges in Panama

Alison beside the bridge in Panama

Imagine having to wade through a river up to your waist every day to get to school. Imagine having to walk an extra mile just to reach a safer crossing point. This was the reality for the residents of Rio Grande, a small village in Panama. This summer I had the incredible opportunity to help build a 47-m suspension footbridge for this rural community.

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