April 2015

From public lectures to signature celebrations such as Canada Day, we're honoured to invite our community to the University of Waterloo.

Let's Talk Science Challenge

Last Friday, April 24th, the University of Waterloo hosted one of the largest competitions for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge, happening at 23 universities and colleges across Canada throughout April and May. Nearly 250 students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from Waterloo Region united on our campus to explore, discover, and compete, supported by over 50 Waterloo Science student volunteers, faculty, and staff as part of the university’s national Let’s Talk Science Outreach program.

Celebrate #UWEarthWeek

The University of Waterloo is committed to having a positive impact on the environment, which is why we’ve launched a brand new #UWEarthWeek campaign to celebrate our sustainability successes and our plans going forward.

UWaterloo has a wide range of sustainability efforts – from LEED certified buildings, recycling initiatives, and alternative transportation programs. Earth Week (April 20-24, 2015) is designed to highlight these achievements, increase awareness of environmental issues, and inspire ongoing sustainable behaviour. 

We invite you to join us at various events this week and help make a difference on our campus and in our community.

Volunteer Profile: Meaghan McCracken

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Meaghan McCracken has a serious love for music.

A recent graduate of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College Music program, she is keen on using the knowledge she’s gained through her freshly minted degree to explore the field of music librarianship. Over the past year, Meaghan has been taking time off to focus her efforts on exactly that by dedicating her time to learning more about the role and what it entails.

Merging her hands on and theoretical musical background with a strong desire to help musicians and musical groups succeed, Meaghan has been able to quickly adapt to her current volunteer role in music librarianship with our local Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS).

“I never really wanted to be a performer or be a teacher and was trying to find some other way to use my degree because I still am a huge supporter and lover of the arts; this role has been a great solution for helping me navigate the next steps after graduating.”

Volunteer Profile: Cristy Aponte

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Cristy Aponte is incredibly inspiring.

She is currently gearing up to start her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) this September at Waterloo’s Renison University College after just completing her honors undergraduate degree in the Social Development Studies program last Saturday. Cristy came to Canada 7 years ago from Colombia as a refugee and uses her background to help mentor, support, and teach a range of skills to new immigrants in our Waterloo Region community.

“Seeing people in the community willing to help you, makes you feel a part of the community. As a refugee, having a social worker help us was just really meaningful to me and made me want to do that for others, which is why I volunteer.”

Volunteer Profile: Ryan Connell

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Ryan Connell has an infectious positive energy.

Currently the Communications Officer for the University of Waterloo’s Student Success Office and part-time student in the Social Development Studies program, Ryan cares a great deal about making life better for those around him. Whether it be through a simple kind gesture or a carefully constructed campaign, he acknowledges the value of sharing his skills with others and spreading positivity throughout different communities.

“We’re so wrapped up in our day to day lives that we don’t always take the time to think about the small things that can really make a difference for somebody else.”

Volunteer Profile: Yanish Jutton

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Yanish Jutton loves to help people solve problems.

A current University of Waterloo undergraduate student who recently made the switch from Systems Design Engineering to Knowledge Integration, Yanish has discovered that he’s especially passionate about different forms of learning and leadership, and regularly volunteers his time and knowledge in order to help people and teams grow:

“Volunteering also helps me develop personally because I find out so much more about what I do like and what I don’t like.”

Volunteer Profile: Paul Parker

This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer week series, profiling University of Waterloo members who give their time and talent by volunteering in our community.

Paul Parker simply wants to help change the world.

Currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Economic Development Program for the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development, Paul has been actively working and researching on our campus for 24 years while continuously giving his time to volunteer initiatives in our community. Always busy crossing departments and bridging gaps between communities, Paul feels blessed to have a job where he encounters new and enthusiastic people every year who also want to help make the world a better place:

“Where do we change the world? It’s one person and one community at a time.” 

Girl Guides Badge Day

On Saturday March 28th, 2015, 113 Girl Guides ages 9 to 11 years earned their physics badge. Hailing from Waterloo Region and beyond, a total of 10 girl guides units spent the day at Waterloo Engineering.

Photos courtesy of Catherine Chong.

Engineering students give back through annual Bus Push

On Sunday, March 22, the Waterloo Engineering Society enthusiastically endured their annual Engineering Bus Push event. By collectively pulling and pushing a school bus down our city streets and collecting pledges, this year’s 16 Bus Push volunteers raised over $700 for local charity, oneROOF: an organization that helps homeless and at risk youth in Waterloo Region.

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