This story is part of the #UWCommunity National Volunteer Week 2016 series, profiling volunteer-driven University of Waterloo initiatives that help make a difference in our community.
There are hundreds of UWaterloo alumni who engage and foster a myriad of connections every day. In fact, around the world, Alumni Relations has over six hundred alumni volunteers supporting the University of Waterloo!
Our volunteers come from all faculties, schools and colleges associated with the University, ranging in graduation year and dispersed across eighteen different countries and counting. They are an instrumental part of our global strategy to become recognized as one of the world’s most innovative universities, and continuously support the Office of Advancement in the many different programs we offer to alumni, students and friends of the University.
Alumni volunteers have a constant impact on our growing global community, and connect with countless UWaterloo students and alumni in their own communities. They donate their time by mentoring students one-on-one, present as keynote speakers, or avidly partake in speed networking events to offer advice on their careers and share personal experiences. They welcome students abroad or fellow alumni who are starting new lives in foreign cities, helping them fit in as locals and to make new connections. Additionally, some alumni volunteers have a direct effect on UWaterloo by acting as representatives on advisory boards and panels within the University to contribute to important decisions. Around the world, alumni volunteers act as our ambassadors who share and draw attention to the University and its accomplishments.
We want every alumnus to share their experience with students, to connect with each other around the globe, and to be ambassadors for us; however, our alumni volunteers are special in the sense that they are going above and beyond helping their alma mater.
These are the individuals who host private dinners in Israel for groups of visiting Arts students wanting to learn more about the economic situation of the country, and connecting them with alumni who live and work there. These are the people who coordinate welcome events every term for students on co-op placements or studying abroad in Singapore, and create a guide to living in the city. These volunteers host brilliant galas in Hong Kong, with an auction showcasing the innovative products that UWaterloo alumni have created and shared with the world. Without them, we wouldn’t continuously have a strong, annual team in the New York Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research, or loud cheering sections when the Warriors’ make the playoffs in other Canadian cities!
The University of Waterloo would not be here, as it stands today, if we did not have alumni volunteers contributing their time to helping us advance the University’s goals. With their support, the UWaterloo community is constantly expanding beyond the City of Waterloo and is frequently being recognized on the global stage.
They are our global community, our mentors, our ambassadors, and are always exuberantly sharing our Warrior pride throughout all corners of the world. We are very grateful for the time and talent they share with us, and on this National Volunteer Week, we want to thank them for their dedication to the University of Waterloo.
Looking to volunteer with The University of Waterloo as an alumnus? If you are interested in any position please email us and we will be happy to connect with you about how you hope to get involved with potential opportunities in your area.
From April 10 to 16, 2016, we invite you to join in the conversation by celebrating and recognizing individuals, groups, committees and clubs at Waterloo who actively make a difference through volunteering. Share your photos, comments, or words of thanks on Twitter and Instagram using #UWCommunity and #NVW2016.