Amy's Blog: Settled in at GreenHouse

Picture of Amy Liou

Welcome to Week 2 of my GreenHouse experience! Finally settled in, Week 2 gave me the first thrills of building a startup.It also gave me the due date of our first assignment! I remember staring blankly at the instructions, contemplating whether I really understood where I was going with my social venture.

Introducing Amy: GreenHouse Student Blogger

A picture of Amy Liou, our new student blogger.

Welcome to my blog!

I would like to invite you to join me as I embark on a social venture to explore food security and sustainability on campus and understand where I could create the most meaningful impact at St. Paul's GreenHouse.

What could you do with $5 and three hours? The GreenHouse microenterprise challenge

Picture of students holding cleaning supplies.

At the beginning of each school term, St. Paul’s GreenHouse students are put through their paces in the GreenHouse Boot Camp, where they are introduced to the program and its approach. In thinking about a quick start to this term, Brendan Wylie-Toal, Program Manager and Start-Up Coach of GreenHouse, observes,

Want to innovate? Here's why we need young people now

Ilona Dougherty with the Social Impact Fund recipients

Young people are key to the health of both our economy and society, said Ilona Dougherty, a social entrepreneur who was recently named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.

The thing about gardens

The thing about gardens is that they tend to grow. That’s exactly what happened to the Community Garden established in 2014 by St. Paul’s GreenHouse student Lexi Salt (now the GreenHouse Program Coordinator) – it has expanded to a second location at the Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener, under the leadership of fourth-year Kinesiology student Samantha Johns.

Mental health for entrepreneurs

Robin Bender, president of Waterloo-based Mega Health at Work Inc., has observed that a significant number of her clients are entrepreneurs struggling with depression and anxiety. We talked with Robin to understand what she’s observing, as well as to gather some helpful tips on prevention and coping strategies.

Redistributing surplus food

When the word waffle comes up in conversation with Elle Crevits, surprisingly, she isn’t talking about food. Surprising, because Elle spends her days thinking about how to keep waffles and other surplus food out of the garbage and how to get it to people who might not otherwise have a nutritious meal.

Harnessing the power of peer pressure

In the last federal election in 2011, only 38.8 percent of 18-24 year olds voted. Fourth-year environment and business student Mavis Chan hopes to change that number by encouraging higher voter participation among students at the University of Waterloo.

Business models from MaRS

This summer, St. Paul’s GreenHouse is partnering with the MaRS Discovery District, Canada’s largest innovation centre based out of Toronto, to offer entrepreneurial workshops at the College.

Planting seeds of change

When Lexi Salt took on a small plot of land at St. Paul’s University College of the University of Waterloo, she did it because she wanted to make a tangible and lasting difference — but she had no idea of what the seeds she planted would really grow into.


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