April 2012

Emma Nussli

Geography and Environmental Management

At Waterloo since:

Emma Nussli

Life-changing experiences are confirming CUPE award recipient, Emma Nussli's future aspirations. Her dream of helping people around the world is beginning to take shape.

Emma is a student in the Geography and Environmental Management program at Waterloo and has been using what she's learned in communities abroad already. This past summer, she spent five weeks in Guatemala working with the Mennonite Central Committee to carry out work in disaster relief, sustainable community development, justice and peace-building. "I had the opportunity to live with indigenous people, witness first-hand the devastating effects of mudslides, and gain a comprehensive knowledge of Canadian mining practices abroad."

Her experience has reinforced and clarified her passion for helping. With dreams of teaching and working with communities around the world, she is already planning her next venture in Haiti. "I hope to visit Haiti in spring where we plan to build an orphanage and provide supplies and toys. I'm also looking forward to the bonding experience of doing this work with a group of Waterloo students." Without the support from her CUPE award, the financial burden of this experience would have made this opportunity unmanageable.

It seems fitting that a student with such strong family connections to Waterloo already — her father is an electrician on campus and her older brother is an alumnus — that Emma would be awarded this support from the Keystone Campaign, itself an expression of the strong commitment of the campus community to supporting students.

Emma is truly grateful for the CUPE award and looks forward to a rewarding future, sharing her passion for helping and teaching around the world.

Written by Tasha Glover, Keystone Communications Volunteer.