Fill the table logoA central feature of the Grebel experience is communal dining around tables at meals, community supper, snack nights and end of term banquet. Part of Grebel’s culture is to ‘Fill the Table,’ where everyone is  encouraged to welcome anyone at their table.

Having room at the table is key for building community. Apart from a smaller renovation in 1991, the kitchen and dining room has not been updated since the College was first built in 1964. As Grebel’s academic and residence programs continue to grow, it’s crucial that we expand and enhance our kitchen and dining room facilities. 

Watch campaign videos

See the plans

Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA) was selected as the feasibility study proponent, with Grebel alumni Brian Rudy (BES‘89, BARCH’93) as the project lead. MTA has also been selected to do the final design work and tendering.

Events

Our Ground Breaking is set for Tuesday, April 23 at 4:30 PM. Please join us!  Details are on our Event page. 

We celebrated a Campaign Launch on November 15, 2018. The video has highlights from this event. 

It was so exciting to share our plans with you!
Read through our campaign launch booklet. (PDF)

Make a gift

Help us to reach our goal of $4 milllion.

You can join this campaign by making an online gift by using your credit card and clicking 'donate now' below; simply select 'Fill the Table Campaign' as the designation. Your receipt for online donations will come from the University of Waterloo.  

Cheque donations should be made payable to:
Conrad Grebel University College,
140 Westmount Road North,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G6

Campaign Advisory Group

Track our progress

The designs have been approved and we plan to break ground in spring 2019! We launched our Fundraising campaign on November 15 and announced that we have raised $3.2 million toward our goal of $4 million! As of January 16 we are approaching $3.5 million! 

If you are wondering what to give, we have several suggested gift levels to consider individually or as a group.

Donor FamilyFor example The Winter Family from Leamington has had many members come to Grebel from different generations. They have collectively pledged over $6,000 for the “Winter/Lepp Family Table” and each contributor to this table will be recognized as part of this Table. While we will not add plaques on various items, we plan to recognize our donors on a feature wall in the renovated space.

The campaign is over 3 years (2018, 2019 and 2020) and pledges can be arranged to fit your needs.

$15,0005 remaining

The “pillar” level is symbolic of the 11 pillars that will be located along the window side of the dining room.

$6,00023 remaining

The “table” level is symbolic of the new capacity for 50 tables, seating up to 300 people in the dining room.

$1,000164 remaining

The “tray” level is symbolic of the 200 trays currently in circulation (when students aren't using them from 'traybogganing').

Making Room for Building Community and Creating Hospitality

Grebel is planning to expand and enhance our kitchen and dining room! I enjoyed the opportunity to share the plans for this project with families at Taste of Grebel.

This project will significantly benefit the student experience here at Grebel by eliminating our community supper waitlist for off-campus associates and allowing our kitchen to accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions. It will also include a “Pantry” for students to access for late night snack prep and will be a place for off-campus associates to store and make their lunches.

An element of the project that particularly excites me is the addition of an elevator to improve accessibility to the chapel.

One of many reasons our son Jon chose to live at Grebel was for its home cooked, all-you-can-eat meal plan and its profound culture around communal dining. To “fill the table” at Grebel is to welcome anyone at your table until it is full – meaning students of all faculties and backgrounds share three meals together daily. It only seems fitting that our fundraising campaign for this project is named after this unique Grebel tradition.

Making room at the table is key for building community and creating hospitality. Apart from a smaller renovation in 1991, the kitchen and dining room has not been updated since the College was first built in 1964.  As Grebel’s academic and residence programs continue to grow, it’s crucial that we expand and enhance our kitchen and dining room facilities. Plans for the project are well underway and we need your help in order to break ground in 2019.

I invite you to join me and my husband Rick, and make a gift to this important community-building project.

Sincerely,
Ruth-Ann Shantz, Fundraising Advisory Chair and Grebel Parent


Contact us

Ruth Ann Shantz
Ruth-Ann Shantz
Fundraising Advisory Chair and Grebel Parent
Fred W. Martin
Fred W. Martin
Director of Advancement
 


 
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