Thursday, September 29, 2022

How to observe tomorrow's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Waterloo

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation poster featuring people in orange shirts.The University of Waterloo will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, September 30 to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.  

Starting at 7:00 a.m., Elder Myeengun Henry, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Faculty of Health, will hold a sunrise ceremony. The morning will also include a walk around Ring Road at 10:30 a.m. followed by a feast, drumming and round dance. All events take place at the at the B.C. Matthews Hall Green. Everyone is invited and people are encouraged to bring their drums and their voices to the events. This event will take place rain or shine. Please dress for the occasion. 

Both  Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo and Jean Becker, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Relations are expected to give brief remarks at the event.  

“In the spirit of decolonizing our campus, and showing solidarity with Indigenous communities, we encourage everyone on campus to attend these events, “said Jean Becker, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Relations. “We invite you to join us to help facilitate reflection on the tragic history and ongoing legacy of colonization and celebrate Indigenous courage.” 

“The series of events being held to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation are critical to relational and collective efforts to bring awareness to, honour, and implement Indigenous ways of knowing and doing,” said Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor. “We look forward to participating in these events together as a community, as we commemorate the continued strength, knowledge and excellence of Indigenous peoples, histories and cultures.”  

Understanding Indigenous history, developing an awareness of the damaging and intergenerational effects of the Indian Residential School System, and taking responsibility for learning the truth are vital components of the reconciliation process because it allows us all to understand how to move forward together. Please register to attend the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events.  

Truth and Reconciliation in Higher Learning Institutions webinar 

Kevin LamoureuxThe University of Waterloo will also host a Zoom webinar on Friday at 4:00 p.m., with keynote speaker Kevin Lamoureux, a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well-known public speaker. He is an award-winning scholar, has written many academic articles, and has taught at several universities. He formerly served as AVP of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg and Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Kevin Lamoureux is expected to share his knowledge of truth and reconciliation and what that means to institutions of higher learning. Please register to attend the Truth and Reconciliation in Higher Learning Institutions webinar. 

Back to campus, 50 years later

A black and white photo of university football players circa the late 1960s

A message from the Office of Advancement.

In August 1967, Rick Leroux (BSc ’72) could have been at Expo 67. His mother won tickets for the iconic Montreal event and offered them to Rick and his brother.

But Rick wasn’t at Expo 67. He was at training camp with the rest of the University of Waterloo football team. Looking back, training camp was worth it. Rick made life-long friends on that hot football field, and when classes began in September, he made even more. As an early graduate from Waterloo’s kinesiology program, Rick’s class was small and tight-knit. Every five years, they descend on Waterloo to reunite, visit their favourite student hangouts and cheer on the Warrior football team. On Saturday, October 1, Rick and his classmates will join the Alumni Black and Gold Day celebrations to mark their 50th anniversary.

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United Way Charity Spotlight: Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries

The Family Counselling team in a group photo.

Members of the Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries (FCC).

By Emily Shim. This is the second article in a three-part series on the charities that the United Way supports.

What FCC does

Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries (FCC) logo featuring a butterfly.The Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries (FCC) was founded in 1940 to support families suffering the loss of loved ones due to World War II. A lot has changed since then, but the organization has maintained a steadfast commitment to providing flexible, person-centered services. Today, FCC is a mental health and addictions agency, which aims to provide a safe space where counselling and addictions services support the emotional well-being of the Cambridge and North Dumfries community.

To support mental health, FCC provides counselling with qualified clinicians for those who have experienced Violence Against Women (VAW), Ontario Disability Support Program recipients, and others through different health care referrals. They offer therapy for all ages and run the “Partner Assault Response Program” in Cambridge, working with domestic violence offenders to focus on certain issues such as anger management.

For addiction services, Executive Director, Cameron Dearlove, refers to the process as “community case management,” with a focus on those who are homeless or facing homelessness. Trained clinicians help clients plan their recovery journey, including access to detox programs around Ontario, including transportation to and from these programs. They also run two homes for those who have completed residential treatment because without these homes, many could land back in shelters which are not conducive to recovery. Residents learn valuable life skills through the Harvesting Hope social enterprise which involves making and selling goods like jams, pies, and tarts.

Beyond counselling and addiction services, FCC offers an educational mental health program called, “Taming the Dragon” - an in-school program which educates younger children about anxiety, how they can manage it, and how they can support their peers. They also offer community outreach in Ayr, including a lunch program focusing on seniors.

Challenges they face

Like many charitable organizations, there are many challenges facing FCC. “The demand has been growing - 2020 it started increasing, 2021 it increased more, and it's continuing because the effects of the pandemic are long-term,” explains Dearlove.

The Counselling Collaborative of Waterloo Region, of which FCC is part of, saw a 39 per cent increase in requests for counselling. Among that population, was an alarming 72% increase for youth counselling and a rapidly growing waiting list for mental health and addiction services. While the demand skyrockets, access to these supports becomes increasingly difficult. For example, virtual counselling requires access to technology which not everyone has, children are restricted from tactile therapy, and government funding is not matching the demand. Most employee benefits programs only cover a handful of counselling sessions.

Porchlight logo featuring a porch lightFurthermore, the transition to working from home has resulted in many changes within the organization such as switching to virtual services, training staff on technology, a shift in team dynamics, and limited access to the community. As FCC continues to navigate a post-pandemic world, they are reimagining who they are as an organization, starting with a new name, “Porchlight Counselling and Addiction Services,” launching this October. The name Porchlight was chosen as it renders images of leaving a porchlight on for loved ones, being more representative of their mission.

Ways to get involved

FCC is always looking to expand their board of directors. “Their job is to govern the organization and make sure it's meeting its mission and moving towards our vision,” explains Dearlove. They are seeking people with a diversity of experiences and skillsets, especially those with lived experience.

How United Way Helps

 “The United Way is essential for many organizations in the community, particularly smaller organizations that don't have a large fundraising capacity” says Dearlove. It’s disruptive and time-consuming for FCC to start a new project every year to capture project-based funding, and it takes away from the important work they need to do. As a reliable and on-going funder, the United Way ensures that life-changing organizations like FCC have the resources they need to continue helping people on the endlessly growing waitlist.

To learn more about the Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries (Porchlight Counselling and Addictions Services), and the variety of services they offer, visit their website.

Stay tuned for content about our campus United Way Campaign happening in October. To support the Family Counselling Centre and other important organizations in our community, donate today.

Ontario Universities' Fair set for this weekend

The 4000 square-foot University of Waterloo booth at the OUF event.

A message from Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment (MUR).

The Ontario UniversitiesFair will be returning to an in-person event this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s event is a shortened one taking place over two days, October 1 and 2 from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day.

Crowds of prospective visitors outside the University of Waterloo booth on the convention floor.

We anticipate close to 100,000 guests at the event, many of whom will stop by the Waterloo booth to pick up brochures, share their contact information, or connect with Waterloo students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Over 400 Waterloo representatives will be in attendance in support of sharing information and experiences with prospective students. While there won’t be any presentations at this year’s event, the Ontario Universities’ Information Sessions will be offering opportunities for audiences to attend virtual presentations from all of Ontario’s universities throughout the fall.

Payday comes early and other notes

Today is a rare Thursday payday for those employees on the monthly pay cycle. Why, you may ask? Friday, September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and is a statutory holiday for federally regulated workplaces, including Canadian banks which will be closed. With September 30 being the last Friday of the month, the standard payday, employees who are paid monthly will receive their pay one day early. 

2022 annual CPI conference banner

The Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at the University of Waterloo is hosting their 2022 Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute Annual Conference next week. The event will take place in-person at the University of Waterloo on the afternoon of October 6 and the morning of October 7. This event will highlight current and future efforts in two main themes within the cybersecurity and privacy sphere: Addressing the Cybersecurity & Privacy Talent Gap and Data Collection & Effective Public.

"We will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions (a panel on the National Cybersecurity Consortium is featured), and industry talks," says a note from the conference organizers. "This conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, entrepreneurs, start-ups, government, sponsors, and businesses. Registration is free." Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30.

The Optometry Rack Pack team photoThe 2022 Optometry Rack Pack team will again be participating in the 'CIBC Run for the Cure' virtual run on Sunday, October 2 to support the Canadian Cancer Society. "As a breast cancer graduate and the team captain, I know how important research is to find a cure," writes Marie Amodeo. "Since the team was started in 2013, we have raised over $100,000."  

"We are gratefully accepting donations to our team at Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge: Optometry Rack Pack - CIBC Run for the Cure ( amount makes an impact.  Together we can make breast cancer beatable!"

Waterloo International is seeking University of Waterloo faculty members interested in applying to participate in an Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility experience at the Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey. This opportunity involves funding to complete a 5-day experience for a faculty member to be taken before July 31, 2023, for the purposes of exchange and teaching.

Please visit Waterloo International’s Opportunities page for more information on the application process and selection criteria. The deadline to apply is October 10, 2022.

Link of the day

World Heart Day

When and Where to get support

Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, immigration consulting, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

Instructors looking for targeted support for developing online components for blended learning courses, transitioning remote to fully online courses, revising current online courses, and more please visit Agile Development | Centre for Extended Learning | University of Waterloo (

Instructors can visit the Keep Learning website to get support on adapting their teaching and learning plans for an online environment. Course templates are available within your course in LEARN to help you build and edit your content and assignment pages quickly. The KL team (CTE, CEL, ITMS, LIB) offers workshops, webinars and events.

Supports are available for employees returning to campus. Visit IST’s Hybrid Work and Technology guidelines and workplace protocols to assist with the transition.

Students with permanent, temporary and suspected disabilities and disabling conditions (medical conditions, injuries, or trauma from discrimination, violence, or oppression) can register with AccessAbility Services for academic accommodations (classroom accommodations, testing accommodations, milestone accommodations).

Instructors can visit AccessAbility Services' Faculty and Staff web page for information about the Instructor/Faculty role in the accommodation process. Instructors/ Faculty members are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities. AccessAbility Services (AAS) is here to help you understand your obligations, and to offer services and resources to help you facilitate accommodations.

The Writing and Communication Centre has in-person and virtual services to support grad and undergrad students, postdocs and faculty with any writing or communication project. Services include one-to-one appointmentsdrop-ins at Dana Porter Libraryonline workshopswriting groupsEnglish conversation practice, and custom in-class workshops.  

Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.

The Centre for Career Action (CCA) has services and programs to support undergrads, grad students, postdocs, alumni, and employees in figuring out what they value, what they’re good at, and how to access meaningful work, co-op, volunteer, or graduate/professional school opportunities. Questions about CCA's services? Live chat, call 519-888-4047, or stop by our front desk in the Tatham Centre 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Drop-in to in-person Warrior Study Halls on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DC and DP. Join a Peer Success Coach to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

Renison's English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.

The Library is here to help, both in person and online. Our spaces are open for access to book stacks, study space, computers and printers, and the IST Help Desk. For in-depth support, meet one-to-one with Librarians, Special Collections & Archives and Geospatial Centre staff. Access our resources online for anywhere, anytime learning and research. Full details on current services and hours are available on the Library’s COVID-19 Update webpage.

The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. For support, email: or visit the SVPRO website.

The Office of Indigenous Relations is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the University's Indigenization strategy.

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at United College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.

WUSA supports for students:

Peer support - MATESGlow CentreRAISEWomen’s Centre - Click on one of the links to book an appointment either in person or online for the term.

Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk 24/7 in the Student Life Centre. Drop-off locations are also open again in SLC, DC, DP, SCH, and all residences.

Co-op Connection all available online. 

Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at

WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.

GSA-UW supports for graduate students: 

The Graduate Student Association (GSA-UW) supports students’ academic and social experience and promotes their well-being.

Advising and Support - The GSA advises graduate students experiencing challenges and can help with navigating university policies & filing a grievance, appeal, or petition.

Mental Health covered by the Health Plan - The GSA Health Plan now has an 80 per cent coverage rate (up to $800/year) for Mental Health Practitioners. Your plan includes coverage for psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and clinical counselors.

Dental Care - The GSA Dental Plan covers 60 to 70 per cent of your dental costs and by visiting dental professionals who are members of the Studentcare Networks, you can receive an additional 20 to 30 per cent coverage.

Student Legal Protection Program - Your GSA fees give you access to unlimited legal advice, accessible via a toll-free helpline: +1-833-202-4571. This advice covers topics including housing disputes, employment disputes, and disputes with an academic institution.

The Graduate House: Open Monday to Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We’re open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Graduate House is a community space run by the GSA-UW. We’re adding new items to the menu. Graduate students who paid their fees can get discounts and free coffee.

When and Where (but mostly when)

Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join our “Waterloo Warriors” team on the website or app. #ItsInYouToGive

Warriors Game Day Tickets and Season Passes, on sale now. Cheer on your Warriors W/M Basketball, Football W/M Hockey and W/M Volleyball teams at home during the 2022-23 season. Purchase today.

Waterloo at 100 student consultation, Thursday, September 29, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., virtual meeting (registration required)

Farm Market, Thursday, September 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Lower Atrium.

NEW - Waterloo at 100 student consultation, Thursday September 29, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., virtual meeting (registration required)

Velocity presents HealthTech Talk, Thursday, September 29, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. SCH Cafeteria.

What's Your Problem with Larry Smith, Thursday, September 29, 5:00 p.m., SCH Cafeteria.

University of Graz x University of Waterloo Erasmus+ Staff Mobilities 2022 application deadline, Friday, September 30.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Friday, September 30.

NEW - Alumni Black and Gold Day, Thursday, September 29 to Saturday, October 1.

NEW - Warriors Football vs. TorontoSaturday, October 1, 1:00 p.m., Alumni Black and Gold DayPurchase Tickets.

President’s Forum: Waterloo at 100, Monday October 3, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in-person and online.

Research Horizons: Dialogue with Leaders, Wednesday, October 5, 12 oon to 1:00 p.m., please register to attend in person (Enterprise Theatre in EC5) or virtually.

Games Institute Open House, Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Games Institute, EC1.

Farm Market, Thursday, October 6, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Lower Atrium SLC.

NEW - Department of Chemical Engineering and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology joint event, “Sustainable Future Perspectives Series: Recycling Electronic Components: Reducing Global Waste,” Thursday, October 6, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., E7  2nd , Floor Conrad Hub.