Conrad Grebel University College
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Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
As an institution that leads in research and innovation, the University of Waterloo is known globally for the strides its students, staff, faculty, and alumni are taking to create worldwide impact. To showcase these efforts, earlier this month the University released its 2018-2019 Global Impact Report, which highlights how UWaterloo affiliates are tackling five major global issues. In this year’s report, two Epp Peace Incubator members, EPOCH and Marlena Books, were recognized for their changemaking work.
EPOCH, a startup that uses an online platform to match companies with social impact opportunities, was recognized in the report’s section on Prosperity & Scarcity. The founders, Jade and Keith Choy, were acknowledged for their peacebuilding work that harnesses the power of communities to catalyze positive change. EPOCH has been a part of the Incubator program since 2017.
The University’s Global Impact Report also featured an opinion piece from Rachel Thompson, founder of Marlena Books and Incubator member since 2016. Recognized for her work providing cognitively stimulating books for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia, the Healthy Aging section of the report provided Thompson a platform to share about the experiences that helped shape her peace venture. Thompson used her space in the report to advocate for addressing current gaps in long-term care that impact individuals, families, and long-term care providers.
The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is excited to see the efforts of its Incubator members recognized in the University of Waterloo’s Global Impact Report, and looks forward to continuing to support the work Incubator members are doing to create positive change locally and across the globe.