Stepping up during the COVID-19 pandemic
Waterloo student volunteers his time and skills to help fight the coronavirus
Waterloo student volunteers his time and skills to help fight the coronavirusBy Natalie Quinlan University Relations
April 19 to 25 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize volunteers for all that they do.
“I figured that the more help the government can get, the better,” Engineer says. “I immediately messaged all my friends and colleagues to apply as well.”
Engineer, who’s worked three co-op terms with Deloitte Canada as an analyst of risk advisory, is no stranger to managing large amounts of data. It’s a skill he looks forward to applying if his application is accepted – and he’s encouraging others to consider it, too.
“We have the knowledge, we have all the assets that are available to us on hand – not everyone has this, so why not share what we have,” Engineer says.
Through their National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign, the Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They’re seeking volunteers to help in the areas of case tracking, contact tracing, case data collection and reporting and health system surge capacity. As of April 15, a reported 34,000 Canadians had registered. Registrations close April 24.
“Just because there’s a volunteering opportunity that doesn’t start immediately, doesn’t mean that we have to wait,” Engineer says. “I think for the most part, everyone is volunteering in their own way – whether it’s staying at home or helping deliver groceries. I do think that it’s legitimately in our nature as Canadians and as University of Waterloo students to constantly help those around us.”
Volunteering positions in this capacity are temporary, spanning from under three months to more than one year. Should he secure it, Engineer plans to balance the part-time position alongside his full-time course load this spring term.
“I think this is something that every Waterloo student should consider, whether you’re a first-year student or completed your master’s degree,” Engineer says. “And knowing the Kitchener-Waterloo region, I know there’s plenty of hands going up to help someone in need.”
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.