Tomorrow is National Philanthropy Day® and in honour of it, I want to share with you what I recently learned about the culture of philanthropy here at UWaterloo.
Just two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the 2013 President’s Reception in the Bruce White Atrium in Math 3. As a student volunteer, it was a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with members of the board of governors, senior management, donors, alumni and other students.
It was both humbling and gratifying to be surrounded by so many people who give their time, leadership and money to make this institution such an exceptional place. Everywhere I turned, people were networking. Donors were remarking how impressed they were with the caliber and talent of Waterloo students and faculty, and how nice it was to have the opportunity to learn about some of the great ideas taking shape here. Similarly, students loved the chance to thank donors and alumni for their support and tell them about their experiences at UWaterloo.
A couple of Engineering graduates took to the stage to share how Velocity Garage is helping them launch a new product - a “smart” walker for seniors. Another student from the Faculty of Arts told how Enterprise Co-op helped her publish a book.
A highlight for many of the alumni in attendance was chance to reunite with former classmates and have a few laughs as they tripped down memory lane.
I heard a lot of comments about how this year’s event was even better than the last. If the energy in the room was any indication, it must be true! I also have to say, I loved the food! The dessert table had a variety of goodies to satisfy my sweet tooth. It was plentiful and fabulous!
I’m so grateful to have been part of this event. Most of my days on campus are spent with students, faculty and staff, so it was very rewarding to meet some of the people “behind the scenes” who are making my Waterloo experience a great one. These friends of Waterloo truly recognize and practice the meaning of philanthropy.