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

Keystone campaign volunteers: giving to inspire giving

The Keystone Campaign offers the UWaterloo community an opportunity to engage in philanthropy right here on campus. Each year, 150 remarkable volunteers made up of faculty, staff and retirees share their time, ideas and enthusiasm to support Keystone. Their dedication helps to enhance the student experience and celebrate the incredible community that make up our UWaterloo family.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week with #UWCommunity

National volunteer week

The University of Waterloo community has good reason to celebrate during National Volunteer Week. Throughout the year, Waterloo’s 5,497 full and part-time employees volunteer their time, contribute to the success of organized volunteer initiatives, and reinforce the positive impact that volunteerism makes in our community.

Glowing for 45 years

rainbow cupcakes

On March 8, 2016, the Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity celebrated 45 years of transforming lives at the University of Waterloo. A Federation of Students service, the Glow Centre is the oldest queer organization of its kind in Canada.

Giving back on the coldest night of the year

Coldest Night of the Year walkers in downtown Kitchener



On Saturday, February 20, the
School of Pharmacy was proud to work with the Ray of Hope Community Centre to provide a comfortable rest stop for the annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) 5km or 10km walk. Providing over 650 participating community members with shelter, warm drinks, and snacks at the halfway point, University of Waterloo Pharmacy student ambassadors connected with our community, offering words of encouragement, and answering questions about student life at the University’s downtown Kitchener campus.

Tutoring Beyond Borders inspires the next generation of students

Tutoring Beyond Borders

Providing free one-on-one tutoring services to students in Grades 7 through 12, Tutoring Beyond Borders (TBB) helps bridge the gap between high school and university students in our community. Launched in 2010 by a University of Waterloo undergraduate student, TBB acknowledges the financial burden of paying for private tutoring services, offering regional high-schoolers opportunities to seek extra help with their studies and connect directly with current university students who can offer insight on their undergraduate experiences.

Educating our community about Alzheimer’s disease

Murray Alzheimer's Research and Education Program

Across Canada, January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. This important nation-wide initiative seeks to educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, reduce stigma, and raise funds for research and programming to benefit the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who live with or are affected by dementia.

Engaging our community through innovative public lectures

Three researchers on stage at the KPL



The University of Waterloo engages our community through public lectures that aim to challenge, inspire, and enrich not only our faculty, staff and students, but all members of our Waterloo region community. Touching on a range of timely topics like life-changing research and controversial subject matter, our researchers and established faculty members relish opportunities to share their expertise and help our community learn more about the world around them.

Warriors battle breast cancer by thinking pink

Warriors cutting their hair

The 8th annual Warriors Think Pink campaign has officially wrapped up! Throughout November 2015, the University of Waterloo hosted over 30 events involving Warrior Recreation and Varsity Athletics in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario Region (CBCF). These initiatives ranged from varsity games and fitness classes to hair cutting, an indoor soccer tournament and so much more.

Getting festive with holiday giving

Making a difference in our community is important to the University of Waterloo, and with the holiday season now in tow, Waterloo recognizes this vital and special time of year for giving back. Every December, our students, faculty and staff across several faculties and departments collaborate to support an array of festive initiatives.

Residing in a Canadian city during the winter months can bring about diverse challenges for families in need, such as a lack of warm clothing and appropriate winter gear, or facing the struggle of not having enough food or funds to buy toys for children.

Creating a greener future with Waterloo's 2014 Sustainability Report

Two students in front of grey skies

Momentum around sustainability is building.

In 2009, the University of Waterloo committed to taking further action alongside all Ontario universities as part of the Council of Ontario Universities Going Greener pledge. Since then, sustainability efforts have been flourishing on many campuses: new academic programs empower students to tackle pressing challenges, universities embed sustainable practices in their operations, and are increasingly using strategies to engage campus stakeholders. 

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