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Humanitarian Success

Jim Estill standing near Danby boxes

As I reviewed other alumni articles, I noticed that most were about business successes.  In that regard, I have been lucky - I started my company from the trunk of my car and it grew to over two billion in sales. I discuss how I did that in my TedX talk.

Students Build Bridges to Innovate, Educate, and Inspire

In fall 2013, a group of University of Waterloo students came together to establish Bridges to Prosperity’s first Canadian university chapter. Bridges to Prosperity is a not-for-profit organization with a vision to improve the lives of impoverished communities around the world by eliminating rural isolation.

Paying it Forward

National Philanthropy Day is November 15th and in the spirit of Philanthropy, Alumni Relations caught up with Devon Fillion, a current student in the Faculty of Science who has aspirations to give back to Waterloo as an alumnus.

Answering the age-old question “What do you do with an arts degree?"

I still remember the wave of panic that washed over me three weeks before the end of my final term at Waterloo. The age-old question “what do you do with an arts degree?” hung over my head, and seemed to be amplified into a terrifying “what do you do with a Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies degree?” to which I had no answer.

Giving Back – How it Benefits Your Community

They always say that we, as people, should always look for meaningful ways to give back, contribute to things that have provided us with the opportunities to where we are today, and create a stronger sense of community among like-minded people.

UWaterloo’s Giving Spirit

As both an alumnus and employee of UWaterloo, I have strong ties to this university and give back in a variety of ways. I made the decision to start donating to the Keystone Campaign (UWaterloo’s fundraising initiative for faculty, staff and retirees) when I started working here in 2004.

The real deal

It may have been the Peace and Conflicts Studies program offered at UWaterloo that brought me to this goose-infested campus to complete my undergraduate degree.

A Home Away From Home

My name is Elizabeth Maki (nee Elliott) and I graduated from Renison College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Social Development Studies. I not only studied at Renison, I also lived there for four years and worked as a Residence Don for two. Renison became my home away from home and the residents and staff, my family.

The view from campus on philanthropy

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.

There and Back Again

My two greatest passions in life are music and computers.  The University of Waterloo was instrumental in providing me with the perfect place to explore both of them.

I came to the University of Waterloo because I wanted to learn how to build and program computers. I applied and was accepted into the Computer Engineering program. I can't imagine a better program; we learned it all, right down to the electrons!

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