For Jocelyn Bonti-Ankomah, seeing women in pharmacy who looked like her inspired her to pursue a career in the industry. Now, after receiving a student award honouring her community service, she’s encouraging other women of colour to achieve their goals.

Portraits of Jocelyn and Nathanael

With support from donors, Waterloo students and researchers like Jocelyn and Nat are creating positive change.

Nathanael Bergbusch is working with First Nations communities to ensure that environmental assessment processes consider how Indigenous people use waterways. Donor support helped him build the relationships that underpin his doctoral research; the tools he’s developing in collaboration with these communities could help developers avoid triggering environmental catastrophes like the one at Grassy Narrows.

These are just two examples of how donors empower our students and researchers to explore, create and thrive in Waterloo’s unique learning environment. Through gifts of all sizes to awards and programs, these generous individuals are helping us prepare the next generation of talented problem-solvers.

Read more about students and donors who are shaping the future in the 2021-2022 Report on Giving.

Ian Evans

Ian Evans (MSc ’17) makes monthly gifts in support of the campus priorities he cares about most. In 2021-22, alumni like Ian contributed $10.6 million to assist Waterloo students and researchers through scholarships, professorships, special programs and more.