Patricia feels volunteerism can make a meaningful difference


Whenever there’s a volunteer need, the University of Guelph is there! Indeed, volunteering has a long history at the University and opportunities to volunteer abound across every area of the campus.

In 2015 the University, supported by the institution’s leadership and countless hours given by volunteers, raised a record-breaking $625,000 for the United Way Campaign. College Royal is another standout example of the University’s volunteer spirit. Run entirely by student volunteers, this weekend-event, which is North America’s largest university Open House, annually hosts 20,000 visitors. The U of G also supports Leave for Change where faculty and staff use vacation time to volunteer overseas, and countless other initiatives.

University employees give selflessly to causes and activities they personally believe in on- and off-campus – by mentoring students, sitting on community boards, coaching, or contributing to the well-being of others through social agencies, or spiritual or community groups.

As the current volunteer co-chair of the University’s United Way Campaign, I am fortunate to offer my time with our students, staff and faculty to help inspire and support our collective commitment to making Guelph a healthier community.

Volunteerism is all about giving our time, our talents, and our resources where they are most needed, and offers opportunities in which we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us.

– Patricia Tersigni, University of Guelph

Photo and story courtesy of Chris Tiessen

Posted on August 10, 2016