BASE students make kindness a priority at UWaterloo

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Student volunteers from the Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program will be spearheading initiatives across campus at UWaterloo to make kindness a priority on Friday, November 4.

Random Act of Kindness DayNational Random Act of Kindness Day®marks the first Friday in November each year. Launched in Kitchener-Waterloo by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, this year marks the second year where Renison engages English Language Learners in activities to build leadership experience while putting their language skills into action.

Close to 70 student volunteers from BASE will be facilitating activities in the Student Life Centre Great Hall, Davis Centre Library, and the Dana Porter Library. Twenty upper-year UWaterloo students are also volunteering as peer helpers to positively role model leadership skills and support in the execution of event activities. 

All activities have been brainstormed and developed by the student leaders with the goal to encourage others to perform kind acts and to promote the importance of kindness in our community. 

Activities in the Student Life Centre Great Hall include:

  • Friendship Ball Pit: Answer icebreaker questions on the balls in our ball pit, and make a new friend!
  • Write Your Name in Mandarin: A gift from our English Language Learners to you - find out how to write your name in Mandarin characters.
  • Mascot Hugs Photo Station: Take your photo with King Warrior, and write what kindness means to you on our whiteboard.
  • Free treats: Our friends in Food Services will be helping us offer up treats to students.

Kindness KrewIn addition to activities organized by BASE students, student leaders from the Renison Academic Student Council(RASC), Sustainable Campus InitiativeRandom Act of Kindness Krew club, and International and Canadian Student Network (ICSN) will be hosting activity stations in SLC.

Activities in the Dana Porter Library include:

  • Write Your Own Thank You Card: We'll provide you the supplies - thank your don, peer leader, TA, tutor, or peers. Write a card!
  • Make an Origami Flower or Bookmark: Brighten someone's day. We'll give you the supplies and teach you how to make an origami flower or a monster bookmark!
  • What Makes You Smile?: Share on our bulletin board what sort of things brighten your day! 

Activities in the Davis Centre Library include:

  • Make Your Own Kindness Fortune Cookie: The supplies are here for you. Learn how to make a paper fortune cookie - and write a compliment inside!
  • Mascot Hugs Photo Station: Renison's mascot, Reni Moose, will be on hand for free hugs and photos!
  • Adult Colouring Pages: De-stress, relax, and colour a page! It's a perfect gift to pass along to a friend as an act of kindness.
  • How Do You Spread Kindness?: Share on our bulletin board what sort of things brighten your day!

Join us on November 4 to make kindness a priority, UWaterloo!

To learn more about Random Act of Kindness Day®, a national initiative, visit

What is BASE?

BASE is one of UWaterloo’s English language foundation programs offered through Renison’s English Language Institute. Students complete one or two terms of the program to meet the requirements of their conditional acceptance into their respective Faculty at UWaterloo. Learn more at

About the Renison English Language Institute

The Renison English Language Institute (Renison ELI) has offered high quality English as a second language (ESL) programs and courses since 1970. We welcome more than 1,000 students each year to Renison University College.

We are also proud to be the official ESL provider of the University of Waterloo, ranked Canada’s most innovative university for 22 years in a row.

We invite you to explore our programs and courses, and look forward to welcoming you to the Renison community.

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