With campus locations across the region from our School of Pharmacy in downtown Kitchener, our School of Architecture in Cambridge, and our Digital Media campus in Stratford, the University of Waterloo brings the energy and diversity of our students to these areas having a significant impact on our regional community.
We are always looking for ways to enhance and strengthen our bonds with our community. In an effort to do so, this fall President Feridun Hamdullahpur hosted roundtable discussions with leaders in both Stratford and Cambridge. These discussions served as a formal check in with community leaders on our activities in each city and sought feedback on how Waterloo could become an even stronger partner.
Hosted at the Stratford campus on September 25, invited community leaders including local small businesses, the CAO of the City of Stratford, and non-profit organizations reflected on the progress of the University of Waterloo in Stratford since initial discussions in 2008. Executive Director, Ginny Dybenko, encouraged participants to share their views about the continued relationship between town and gown in their community. The community at large had an opportunity to continue this dialogue at a townhall meeting on October 9.
In Cambridge, the School of Architecture hosted a roundtable on October 15, 2014. Among those participating in the discussion with Director Ila Berman were the CAO of the City of Cambridge and other senior leaders from the City, the office of Kathryn McGarry, MPP, and the local United Way and Community Foundation. Opportunities to further engage architecture students in local initiatives were highlighted, and leaders noted that there is room to make local residents more aware of the presence of the University in their community.
In each community, leaders identified great interest in enhanced partnership and in accessing the vast resources of the University of Waterloo as a whole. President Hamdullahpur encouraged continued dialogue to ensure stronger communication, outreach and collaboration.