July's Volunteer of the Month
Karolina is a Group Facilitator with the International Peer Community (IPC). Her friendly nature and passion towards internationalization have been a fantastic asset to the community and the members in her group. This term Karolina took IPC to a new level by scheduling a language and cooking exchange with one of her group members. The two spent Friday evenings together learning Chinese and German and cooking cultural dishes. On a weekly basis, Karolina and her co-facilitator, Caroline, planned a variety of activities for their group including, go carting, a trip to the St. Jacob’s farmer’s market, visiting an escape room, and playing board games.
Thank you for your contribution Karolina and congratulations on being the volunteer of the month!
Past Volunteer of the Month features
June 2017 - Hayley McDonald
Hayley McDonald is a Group Facilitator with the International Peer Community (IPC). Her commitment and friendly attitude has been a true asset to IPC and the members in her group, who have had some amazing experiences with her. Some of the highlights from this month include keeping up with academics by studying together, staying fit by playing soccer and Frisbee in the park, expressing creativity at an IPC community paint night, and exploring different cultures at the KW Multicultural Festival.
Thank you for your contribution Hayley and congratulations on being the volunteer of the month!
May 2017 - Debbie Fan and Maggie Mai
Debbie Fan and Maggie Mai are Group Facilitators with the International Peer Community (IPC). They have done a fantastic job creating a sense of community within their group through planning a variety of activities. Some highlights include taking their group to the Kitchener Colour Vibe 5K Run, spending a day in downtown Toronto at the Harbour Front, and visiting Canada’s Wonderland.
Congratulations on being the volunteers of the month Debbie and Maggie! We appreciate your commitment and enthusiasm.
March 2017 - Lian Hickey
Lian Hickey is a Group Facilitator with the International Peer Community (IPC). She went above and beyond this month to support all of the participants in her group. Together with her co-facilitator Ritika, they planned a colourful month of activities that included rock climbing, working out at the gym, individual check-ins, and cooking an Indian meal. She also helped set-up and make students feel welcome at the End of Term Community Event.
Lian, congratulations on being the volunteer of the month and thanks for all your efforts to support IPC!
February 2017 - Mahak Sharma and Shaked Waismark
Mahak Sharma and Shaked Waismark are Group Facilitators with the International Peer Community. Their dedication and enthusiasm in group and during events has made a huge difference in building a sense of community. In particular, they pay special attention to the concerns of every student in their group, maintain regular communication with everyone, and plan awesome events.
Thank you both for being great role models and friends to IPC participants. Congratulations on being the volunteers of the month!
January 2017 - Katrine Led
Katrine Led is a Group Facilitator with the International Peer Community and is a Masters student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. From the beginning, Katrine has been enthusiastic to support the transition of international students to Waterloo. In her role as Group Facilitator, she fosters a sense of community and belonging within her group and, along with her facilitation partner Yvonne, she has planned events for her group members to get to know one another. Katrine’s biggest strength is her friendly and approachable attitude, which allows her to connect with her group members.
Thank you for sharing your time with the International Peer Community Katrine and congratulations on being Volunteer of the Month!
November 2016 - Ritika Bhargo
Ritika Bhargo is a volunteer group facilitator with the International Peer Community. During this term she has made students feel comfortable and welcomed, and she went above and beyond in organizing the End of Term Celebration. Ritika took a leadership role in assisting her Community Leader with event preparation and set up. She also actively engaged students during the event. Ritika will return to the international peer community in Winter 2017 in the same role.
Ritika, we are very happy to have you back! Congratulations on being Volunteer of the Month.
October 2016 - Bushra Rahman and James Xin
Bushra Rahman and James Xin are facilitators with the International Peer Community. They are both 3A students studying International Development. Despite having a busy October, they worked well together to create the best experiences for their students. For example, they organized a Thanksgiving dinner where they cooked for their entire group and hosted a games night afterwards. Towards the end of the month Bushra and James also supported their Community Leader by sharing event ideas and helping with event logistics for their Community Halloween social event.
Bushra and James, congratulations on being the Volunteers of the Month!
September 2016 - Helen Peng and Simon Liu
Helen Peng and Simon Liu are facilitators with the International Peer Community. They have been exemplary mentors to their students in September. In their first group activity, they played board games and shared their experiences about university life, co-op, and getting involved on campus. They also participated in the East Asian Festival during Reunion Weekend and helped one of their students set up Instagram and Snapchat accounts. In addition, they took initiative to help their Community Leader set up the monthly community event.
Congratulations on being our Volunteers of the Month! Keep up the great work!
July 2016 - Aaron Leung and Candy Lee
Aaron Leung and Candy Lee are facilitators with the International Peer Community. They have consistently planned meaningful activities for their group throughout the term. They even organized a surprise birthday celebration for one of their students! In July, Aaron and Candy won the inaugural End of Term IPC Scavenger Hunt by completing the most tasks.
Aaron and Candy will be returning to their volunteer roles in the fall term. We are lucky to have you both. Keep up the good work!