Three times lucky

Meghan with her parentsWhat does it mean to be a Waterloo grad? To be a grad and a staff member here at Waterloo? To be a grad, staff, and the second generation in my family to graduate from Waterloo? It means I am three times lucky!

When I was exploring my post-secondary options, I was drawn to Waterloo because of how highly both my parents spoke of their university. They had always shown pride in their alma mater, and I thought they were pretty smart – so my decision seemed an easy one. Five years and six co-op terms later when I graduated, I was just as full of pride. I was confident I had received the very best education out there, and was proud to call Waterloo my university.

Fast forward eight years and I found myself once again choosing from a number of top-notch organizations, this time for the next step in my career. Waterloo was among them and it didn’t take much consideration before I knew where I wanted to be. I packed up my things from Toronto and again made the move to Waterloo, to join the Office of Advancement as part of the Annual Giving team.

I was so excited to be back at Waterloo. In part, I felt as though I had never left. Once you become a Waterloo alum, you are immediately part of a community of people with shared experiences and shared pride. Waterloo had stayed connected with me through the years I was away and now I was back, ready to support the University in a hands-on way.

How lucky am I, as a fundraiser, to be able to raise money for an institution so dear to my heart? An institution that helped shape me as a person? A dream come true for any one of us in the profession. I have been here for just over a year and I have to say it has been one of my most satisfying career choices yet.

Actually, I should have said I’m four times lucky. I’m also a donor to the University. I have the opportunity to make a financial gift that I know directly impacts students in very real ways. I see it every day: students reading books that have been purchased with donated funds, learning from people whose positions have been funded by private support, having experiences on and off campus that are only possible because of donations from alumni like us.

As a proud alum, and as any good fundraiser would do, I encourage you to consider making a gift to our university this year. Whether you are near or far, we are all a part of the Waterloo community and share in the responsibility of maintaining our reputation of excellence and supporting our students. Please join me, my parents, and thousands of other alumni who have chosen to support our great university—and if you make your gift by December 31st you will receive a charitable tax receipt for 2013.

So what does it mean to have all these special relationships with Waterloo? It means I get to celebrate every day how wonderful this school is. It means I am a part of a strong community of people who support our students, and each other. It means I have the best alma mater and the best job ever.
 

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