One of the Waterloo Region's 2013 Top 40 Under 40, Aaron Stauch is driven by helping others and creating social change. As the Program Manager in Mental Health at Lutherwood, a not-for-profit agency focused on health and social services, his portfolio includes: community youth justice; community based counseling; a mobile crisis team; and the Front Door for Children’s Mental Health program.
Aaron’s passion for leadership and serving his community has a long history. During high school, Aaron served on the provincial executive for DECA Ontario, a popular and respected business competition, and was selected twice to attend their international conference. While completing his undergraduate and Masters degrees, he was elected to the University of Waterloo Senate and served on the Cooperative Education Council where he developed a reputation for being a strong and articulate voice for student issues. He was the Training Director and Team Coordinator of the Campus Response Team, leading and managing a successful team of volunteers at various campus events. During his graduate career he developed an aptitude for translating academic research to actionable information for key decision makers and was awarded a prestigious MITACS Accelerate Canada Internship, jointly funded by private industry and the Federal Government.
Upon graduation, Aaron first achieved success in the private sector, working for a local consultancy firm on environmental assessment and remediation, but it wasn’t until he entered the not-for-profit sector that he found his true calling.
Working within Lutherwood’s Employment Services and Mental Health divisions Aaron has brought business thinking to not-for-profit programs. He provided leadership to several projects and programs, including Transitioning In New Times an innovative demand-side employment services pilot project and Connect, a program offering additional support to parents with children experiencing attachment related challenges.
In his spare time, Aaron boasts an impressive list of community service: Sustainable Waterloo Region volunteer, Director on the local Canadian Mental Health Association Branch, Director on the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, and graduate of the Leadership Waterloo Region program, to name a few.
Aaron was nominated for the 2014 Faculty of Environment Young Alumni Award.