Our people

We couldn't do it without them

The University of Waterloo community comes together at many points throughout the year, but it’s in October that we see one of our strongest connection points.

Whether see your colleagues going red for the launch, baking for bake sales, dressing down, or making a donation, it’s the people who make the annual United Way campaign a success.

With over 4,000 employees, the University of Waterloo is not a small place, but working together to support the community outside of Ring Road brings out a strong sense of community on campus.

 Thank you to our donors!

Who supports the United Way campaign at UWaterloo?

  • 125 volunteers from 70 different units across campus
  • 476 donors from 70 different units across campus, as well as retirees

Making good on a promise

The University of Waterloo’s senior leadership got in on the United Way fun in 2016.

Attendees at the September 2016 Senate meeting were treated to a scene straight out of the Hundred Acre Wood as Winnie the Pooh and his friends paraded through the senate chamber.

The visit was the result of a wager made by Dean of Arts, Doug Peers. Peers promised that if leadership giving for the University of Waterloo's United Way Campaign reached 100 per cent participation, the University's six deans would dress as Winnie the Pooh characters and give Senate a visit.

Not only was the goal reached even before the official campaign start date, the amount collected exceeded last year's donations — quite a pot of honey for Pooh Bear.

The deans dressed as Winnie the Pooh characters

The cast of characters included:

  • Dean of Applied Health Sciences James Rush as Christopher Robin

  • Dean of Science Bob Lemieux as Winnie the Pooh

  • Dean of Environment Jean Andrey as Tigger

  • Dean of Engineering Pearl Sullivan as Piglet

  • Dean of Mathematics Stephen Watt as Owl

  • Dean of Arts Doug Peers as Eeyore