President’s Community Impact Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 President’s Community Impact Awards

Launched in 2017 as a legacy to the University’s 60th anniversary, the annual President’s Community Impact Awards recognize and celebrate those who embody the spirit of innovation and contribute to making Waterloo region strong and prosperous.

Community leaders

Mike Beazely

Mike Beazely

The School of Pharmacy's Professor Mike Beazely has contributed to the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and has been involved with the Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy (WRIDS) since its inception. As chair of the WRIDS since 2017, Mike’s leadership has contributed to prevention resources, partnerships with school boards and the Waterloo Region Local Health Integration Network, and promotion of student volunteer engagement in this critical community issue.

Robin Mazumder

Robin Mazumder

Robin Mazumder is a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo. Robin has served on the City of Kitchener Cycling & Trails Advisory Committee and as Guest Librarian to the Kitchener Public Library in 2016. He partnered with the Waterloo Region Local Health Integration Network and the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre to make light therapy lamps available at all KPL locations and to the Waterloo campus.


University champions

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Sustainable Waterloo Region

Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) programs such as TravelWise and the Regional Sustainability Initiative have helped shape the University of Waterloo’s sustainability strategy, which was recognized with a SWR Breakthrough award in spring 2018. A unique partnership between SWR, the Cora Group, EY Canada and the University’s David Johnston Research & Technology Park (R&T Park) led to the opening of Canada’s first net-positive multi-tenant building in the R&T Park this fall. Many UWaterloo students and faculty are SWR volunteers.

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Volunteer Action Centre Waterloo Region

In 2014, the Volunteer Action Centre Waterloo Region (VACWR) began a formal partnership with the University’s Federation of Students (FEDS ) , leading to the launch of the FEDS Volunteer Centre one year later. To date, the online volunteer database has made more than 2,000 meaningful community connections for Waterloo students, as well as staff and faculty. VACWR is a regular participant at our bi-annual campus Volunteer Fairs, and have also partnered with the University’s Centre for Career Action, St. Paul’s Greenhouse, and the First Year Engineering Leadership conference .


Nominations are now closed. Nominations for the 2019 President's Community Impact Awards will open in August 2019. 


The University of Waterloo’s President’s Community Impact Awards recognize individuals or teams of community members, students, staff or faculty who embody the University’s spirit of innovation and contribute to making Waterloo Region strong and prosperous.

Award winners may be distinguished through such community service activities as volunteer work, public speaking, school outreach, or other outstanding community service.

The awards will:

  • Reward and recognize community excellence
  • Inspire us to engage in activities that develop leadership, foster social responsibility and contribute to the well-being of our community
  • Promote community pride and participation
  • Engage with, serve, and draw strength from the diversity of our external communities.

Awards are intended to recognize community contributions over and above duties for which the individual is paid or that the individual is completing as a part of a degree program.

Previous recipients of these awards will not be eligible.

Award categories

Up to four awards will be awarded each calendar year.

Community Leader awards (up to two per year). A Community Leader is a current University of Waterloo student, faculty or staff member.

University Champion awards (up to two per year). A University Champion is an individual or organization from the Waterloo Region and city of Stratford who has demonstrated a commitment to championing the impact of the University in our community either through partnership with the institution or in working with individual students, faculty or staff of the University.

Nomination process

Nominations will be received from the community and campus each year by submitting a brief nomination package that includes:

For more information, review the guidelines for supporting documentation and how to submit a nomination.

Review and selection process

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection panel led by

  • the Office of the President
  • Community Relations & Events
  • the Staff Association
  • the Faculty Association
  • the Federation of Students
  • the Graduate Students Association
  • Human Resources

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