The Art of Living and Breathing Volunteerism
Vinyse Barber’s (B.Com 1999 Rotman) passion for volunteering has led to a career change, new job opportunities, and deep satisfaction in life.
Learning About Ourselves Through Real World Action
Mark Franklin (M.Ed. 1998 OISE) partners his narrative career management program with Compañeros Inc. to promote self-discovery through enriching travel and community development in Nicaragua.
Women and children living “Free from fear. Free from threat.”
Gabriella Simak (HBA 2010 Woodsworth) volunteers at became involved with The Redwood to understand how a community can come together to support women and children living free of abuse.
Helping Children to “Give Dreams Flight”
Tarik Kadri (MSW 2012 Factor-Inwentash) discusses Paper Kite Children’s Foundation, the charity he founded to provide basic necessities to children living in orphanages in Bihar, India
Volunteering to share in the journey to recovery
Anne Kerubo (HBA 1998, New College) is easing the way for Ontario Shores’ patients and acting as an ambassador for greater acceptance and understanding of mental illness.
Fighting for environmental protection across Canada
Gideon Forman (BA 1987 Victoria) led a campaign to ban lawn pesticides across Ontario, leading to the passage of the most health-protective legislation of its kind in North America.
Canada’s first micro-giving fund for grassroots environmental projects
Ruth Richardson (BA Honours 1992 University College) started Small Change Fund because she believes in the power of grassroots action.
Working to develop an HIV strategy in Haiti
Sara Dolcetti (BASc 2009 Industrial Engineering) volunteered her consulting skills in developing a nationwide health care costing exercise in Haiti; a project sponsored by the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
An International Student Becomes a Community Builder
Premal Brahmbhatt’s (HBSc. 2010 Woodsworth College) built a personal brand that set him apart by choosing to help others and make a difference in his community.
Achieving balance and wellness through traditional cultural practices
Marjory Noganosh (BA 1968 University College) was a widely respected Ojibway elder. She spent the better part of her life doing healing work as a practitioner of traditional Anishinawbe ceremonies.
People Helping People at the Fort York Food Bank
Ravi Sreedharan (MBA 2004 Rotman) is Chair of the Board for the Fort York Food Bank, where it’s all about people, giving and sharing what they can to improve the circumstances of their neighbours.
Leeat Weinstock (MBA 2006 Rotman) is helping children in Tanzania attend school by providing financial support for their education.
Athletes for Africa
A group of U of T alumni and sports fans teamed up to play in the annual Athletes for Africa Rock the Pitch tournament against local celebrities and in the process helped support African skill building initiatives.
DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project
Paul Nagpal (MBA 2006 Rotman) is involved with DiverseCity to make sure that the community of which he is a part is doing well.
Etobicoke Suzuki (School of) Music
Celeste Francis Esteves (BA 2003, HBA 2006 Woodsworth) believes that starting close to home is the most authentic way to give back to the community.
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