September 2017

From its founding in 1957, the University of Waterloo has defied convention, breaking new ground, crossing old boundaries and challenging the status quo. Our 60th anniversary has been an opportunity to celebrate the stories that have shaped us, and to paint a vision of a bright future yet to come.

Beautiful U: Waterloo: A Series in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary

Wendy Fletcher's Beautiful U: Waterloo

The paintings in this series are a collection of 11 canvases done in oil and acrylic with glass, charcoal, gold leaf and calligraphy ink: one canvas which gathers all of the branding colours of the University, one for each of the 6 faculties and one each- to be hung as a collective-- for the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo.

Life as one of UWaterloo’s First Civil Engineers

old Waterloo handbook

I grew up in Hamilton Ontario and at the age of six, my mother and I, the oldest child, were advised by two army officers, who visited our home, that my father was killed overseas in the war, on February 15, 1945.

This was a very emotional time for my family, especially for my mother who was already working hard to support us. With my dad out of the picture I knew that I would not be able to go to university, as we had limited funds. So I decided at the time, that I would go to high school to become a draftsman.