Community Service Learning

A requirement of our undergraduate program, Community Service Learning  gives students an opportunity to learn about and engage with social service organizations in order to better understand their role in serving vulnerable populations and in improving community health and wellness.

Here are just a few of our students' community experiences.

Rani Odesh: Mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region

Rani Odesh Rani was a mentor for a group of boys, helping them tackle challenging ideas, build confidence and appreciate the value of physical activity.

Hear about Rani's experiences as a leader and role model for kids.

Meagan McGill: Volunteer Companion for the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo-Wellington

Meagan in a hallwayBetween May and December of 2015, Meagan spent two hours of every week with her friend Reg, an 83 year old gentleman with Alzheimer’s disease.

Read about Meagan's experiences spending time with Reg.

Manu Kahlon: Outreach Volunteer for the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)

Manu KahlonAt ACCKWA, Manu conducted outreach presentations with gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Waterloo Region.

Read Manu's reflections on volunteering at ACCKWA.

Nancy Xiao: Volunteer with Grand River Hospital’s Hospital Elder Life Program

Nancy outside Grand RiverYou'll often see Nancy at Grand River Hospital, meeting with older patients to engage them in conversation, games and exercises both mental and physical.

See what Nancy's learned as a volunteer with geriatric patients.

Ryan Pelletier: Volunteer on the Sanguen Health Centre's Community Health Van

Ryan Pelletier smilingRyan's a regular volunteer on the Communtiy Health Van which travels to meet those in need in their community, offering health services and goods that meet basic needs.

See what Ryan's learned as a volunteer with this unique program.

Khrystine Waked: Assistant Swim Coach for the Special Olympics Ontario

Khrystine smilingBeing a swim coach for the Kitchener Crusaders Swim Team puts Khrystine in a one-on-one mentorship role with children with intellectual disabilities.

Read about what Khrystine has learned as a volunteer swim coach.

Brittani Brown: Conversation Partner  at the KW Multicultural Centre

Brittani BrownBrittani met with her conversation partner, a woman who travelled to Canada fleeing war in Syria, and built her English skills. But through those conversations, Brittani discovered surprising and moving parallels between their lives.

Read Brittani's reflections on the experience.


Community Outreach Stories

Refugee health: Danyah Musbah, Rx2016, volunteered to help provide medical care to new Syrian refugees to Canada.


Read about Danyah's experiences volunteering with refugees here.

Pharmacist Awareness Month education: Each March, our students run PAM Outreach, an series of educational classroom workshops about topics like smoking, hand washing, and medication safety.

pharmacy students presenting to grade 2 class

Read more about PAM Outreach.

Coldest Night of the Year: Each February, the School of Pharmacy opens its doors as a rest stop for the fundraising event for the homeless.

Coldest night of the year participants entering the School of Pharmacy in a line.

Read more about Coldest Night of the Year.