There are a variety of ways the campus community can get involved in community engagement activities, including Extracurricular Volunteering. Placements can consist of local and international volunteering opportunities. Below are some examples of projects carried out by students at the University of Ottawa.
CASCO: The Virtuous Cycle of Giving Back
When you have a background in business, dealing with large sums of money is not uncommon. But for Conor O’Doherty, raising over $57,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is also just part of what it means to be engaged in your community.
Conor is a fourth-year accounting student at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management and president of the Commerce and Administration Student Charity Organization (CASCO). He has been with the organization since his first year at uOttawa, and now finds himself steering the ship. He says the act of volunteering not only cultivates stronger communities, but stimulates personal development as well. From learning how to manage a team of 40 people to facilitating the execution of multiple largescale events throughout the year, Conor says, “My only regret was that I didn’t get involved and start volunteering earlier.”
Besides helping students develop organizational and leadership skills, CASCO has fulfilled its mandate to create positive social change. Conor explains: “CASCO was founded 18 years ago when a friend of the two original co-founders passed away. Their friend relied heavily on CHEO, as he was a patient there. After his passing, CASCO’s goal was thus to raise funds for the institution that cared for him.” Today, the organization has grown into a dynamic team of students looking to enhance the quality of care given to children at CHEO through their talents. From golf tournaments to bake sales and football games to galas, CASCO embodies what it means to be a club at the University of Ottawa. For Conor, this means “meeting new and interesting people, acquiring important skills and making a long lasting impact in your community.”
By raising the bar on what it means to give back, CASCO has created a virtuous cycle in which passionate, driven and team-oriented students experience personal growth, while, as Conor puts it, “striving to leave your community a little bit better off than when you first entered it.”