On February 6, a panel discussion titled “Dialogue on the Importance and Impact of Local and International Community Engagement” took place, to raise awareness of the added value of community engagement for students. Panel members included Rebecca Tiessen, a full professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Gwen Madiba Moubouyi, 2019 Aeroplan campaign ambassador, three students who have experienced community engagement here or abroad, as well as Stéphane Cardinal, former director of the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement, who served as facilitator. The event, organized by the Centre and the International Office, was also meant to encourage people to donate their Aeroplan Miles to help cover travel costs for students planning to volunteer abroad.
Roslin Sinclair is completing her final term of a bachelor’s in history at uOttawa. One of her courses has been CDN4100 (Perspective-taking in Policy Development and Conflict Resolution), a Canadian studies course taught by Professor Tracy Coates, in which she chose the Community Service Learning (CSL) placement option.
To sum up, the festival received invaluable contributions from student volunteers, and the students received a great learning experience that will help them grow and gain new perspective going forward. The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival thanks both the students and the Centre for their efforts towards a successful festival weekend.
Darius Stamatakos, a first-year biopharmaceutical science student, already has a very impressive CV. In addition to doing his assignments, labs and exams, he works part time and is completing three volunteer placements. Because of this community involvement, he was awarded an Allan Rock Scholarship from the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement.
Over reading week, instead of relaxing and benefiting from the extra time to catch up on assignments, a team of seven students got together to perform a campus waste audit, to figure out what’s working and what’s not in terms of waste management.
The project took place as part of the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, hosted by the uOttawa Office of Campus Sustainability. Its goal is to determine how uOttawa can become a zero-waste campus, where we produce only things that are recyclable or reusable and we recycle or reuse everything else.
Medical Equipment Collection (MEC) members put on a talent show for the residents of the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Centre, to bring them joy and spread holiday cheer, but also to raise awareness of the centre’s services for residents and families. It included various performances, including by MEC Executive Director Kaitlyn Rourke, a biomedical sciences student who played Christmas carols on the piano.
The Patro d’Ottawa, an Ottawa organization for Francophones, has partnered with the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement (MJCGCE) to implement a mentorship and engagement program aimed at high school students. (...)
Last fall, Lisa Leslie, a high school student at Collège catholique Samuel-Genest, participated in the project along with 11 of her peers. She explained that initially, she was motivated by the opportunity to complete the mandatory volunteer hours required to graduate. Her participation in a project to spruce up the Patro d’Ottawa building and to create a used clothing exchange program at her school made her realize that small measures can make a big difference. (...) She learned that it is possible to “change certain things in the lives of others” while “improving her leadership and communications skills.” She also met new people and acquired “a genuine sense of pride.”