St. Paul's staff and students pose with Bill Pristanski following the Terry Fox Run

Steve Prentice, Abram Braithwaite, Mariah Smith, Graham Brown, Craig Maltby, David Collins, Alexander Wray, and Bill Pristanski following the 34th Annual Terry Fox Run

Students raise more than $1,000 for Terry Fox Run

On Sunday, September 14, Steve Prentice, Residence and Community Life Manager, and five students traveled to Niagara-On-The-Lake to participate in the Terry Fox run. They were invited to join Principal Graham Brown and St. Paul’s alumnus Bill Pristanski (BMath '78), who currently sits as Chair of the Board for the Terry Fox Foundation. Bill has participated in every single Terry Fox Run and raised more than $400,000 for the cause in his lifetime.

All the St. Paul’s runners had a great time, but more importantly, in just six days, the team raised more than $1,000 for cancer research! Plans are under way to ensure participation in the event becomes an annual St. Paul's tradition.

Spencer Leckie reflects on four years at St. Paul's

Students in wooded area throw fallen leaves over their heads

Students of Dungeon and Oasis chose the perfect fall day to go hiking in the Laurel Creek Conservation Area

As he nears completion of his Waterloo experience, Spencer Leckie, our longest-serving current Don reflects on his four years at St. Paul’s:

Over the past four years I have been privileged to call St. Paul’s my home, while studying Geography and Aviation at the University of Waterloo. In my time at St. Paul’s, I have been a first-year student, Residence Don for three years and Residence Assistant for one term. The residence life team manages to build a strong community with the students every year that makes St. Paul’s feel like a special 'home away from home.'

"As a Don, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing individuals who truly cared about the students, the College and each other. Working together, we created strong bonds and friendships that will last forever. Being a Don has allowed me to grow as a person and discover who I am and what values I hold. The people I have met and friends I have made through St. Paul’s have had a huge influence on the person I am today. As a Don, I developed the leadership skills necessary to connect with hundreds of first-year students to encourage them and provide the necessary guidance for a successful university transition.

"I have many fond memories of St. Paul’s that will have a lasting effect throughout my life. One in particular that stands out as a highlight was when Dungeon Oasis went on a fall hike through the conservation area. The day was perfect with golden leaves, blue sky, and there were smiles all around. 

"I truly enjoyed the experience of working with students in such a positive and welcoming environment and I will use many of the leadership skills I acquired as I pursue my flight instructor rating -- a first step in starting my career as a commercial pilot.

"It’s not goodbye St. Paul’s. I’ll see you again. Make good choices!"

Remembering Alex Foto

Alex Foto outside the main entrance to St. Paul's on move-in day 2013

Alex arriving at St. Paul's on move-in day 2013

On Saturday, November 22, St. Paul’s hosted a gathering in celebration of the life, passions and accomplishments of Alexandra "Alex" Foto who passed away on August 7, 2014.

Alex was a standout student entering her second year of International Development, a tireless and devoted Waterloo Warrior cheerleader and an incoming residence Don recognized for her leadership and passion for helping others.

In August 2013, just before entering first year, Alex wrote out her personal goals for the coming year. The first goal was to "Go to Waterloo and shine.” She accomplished that and much, much more.

Close to 200 family members, students, staff, and faculty gathered in Alumni Hall to hear several speakers share their memories of Alex.

During the event, Alex's mother Pat also announced that The Alex Foto Memorial Fund will support a student that cares deeply about humanitarian and poverty issues, and who is participating in the International Development Program's fourth-year field placement in a developing country.

Additional funds raised will assist with the purchase of a memorial bench and tree along with a plaque for Alex on campus as a tribute to her love for others and passion for learning.