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Pharmacy acts as rest stop for local fundraising walk for homelessness

Students holding signs at the Coldest Night of the Year walk



On Saturday, February 25, the School of Pharmacy welcomed hundreds of cold and brave members of the community looking for a quick break and a cup of hot chocolate. The School was a rest stop for the Kitchener-Waterloo Coldest Night of the Year walk, organized by Ray of Hope Community Center.

Waterloo Pharmacy gives back to community by prepping and serving meals for homeless

ray of hope individuals

How do you feed 200 people? How about starting with 200 bread bowls, 23 pounds of beef, 40 bunches of lettuces and 9 pounds of potatoes?

Those were just some of the many ingredients that School of Pharmacy faculty and staff purchased for Jan 27’s Community Centre Meal. Working with the Ray of Hope Community Centre, the School fundraised and coordinated the preparation and serving of meals for the needful in Kitchener.

Building Our Community with UWaterloo's first ever Community Impact Report

The values of our community and the University are intertwined, and these connections allow our students, faculty and staff to give back in meaningful ways. Whether it is in the form of transformational research leading to the betterment of society or supporting charitable and nonprofit enterprises by volunteering their time and resources, members of the University take pride in helping to build our vibrant community.

Waterloo and local community celebrate 20 years of water education

Last week thousands of elementary students from Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, and Cambridge discovered the importance of water in their lives and how their actions impact water sources around them.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival (WWCGF) brought together industry, government, community groups and educators, including the University of Waterloo, for a week of hands-on activities focused on the significance of water conservation, protection, science, and ecology.

Science partners with Waterloo Region Museum on Ocean Bound! Exhibit

This past winter, the Faculty of Science teamed up with the Waterloo Region Museum to create two displays for the new Ocean Bound! exhibit. This collaboration, formed with Waterloo’s Earth Sciences Museum and the Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS), aimed to educate the public about ocean watersheds, aquatic animals and ecosystems.

Canada Day Celebration Announcement

Each year, the University of Waterloo and our Federation of Students thank our community for its partnership and mutual support by hosting Waterloo Region's flagship Canada Day Celebration. Canada Day 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of our celebration, with more than 60,000 people in attendance, and we’re building another exceptional event for our community this year.

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.

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.”

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