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Alumni and Community Engagement

500 volunteers needed!

Monica Deters can’t wait for Congress 2018.

Deters, a members of the Alumni Association volunteer committee, is a firm believer in both volunteering and the ability of U of R Alumni to meet every challenge put before them.

The challenge in this case is to raise 500 volunteers to assist with Congress 2018 - with 7,000 delegates from 70 scholarly associations, it promises to be the largest convention in Regina’s history. Volunteers are needed for everything from extending a warm Saskatchewan welcome to being part of the Events Team to helping delegates use the University’s computer labs (and everything in between).

Busy putting her Bachelor of Human Justice and Master of Public Administration to good use as a crime analyst with RCMP, Deters says she set aside time to volunteer, “Look, I know U of R alumni can do this. I’m already registered as a Congress 2018 volunteer and will have a blast showing folks from other parts of Canada and the world the incredible diversity and beauty of our city and our University. I’m calling on just 499 other U of R alumni to step up and join me!”

Bert Yakichuk PGDSGC'73, MEd'77, Alumni Association President has thrown his support behind the challenge.

“The U of R was the underdog for the Congress 2018 bid but came from behind to beat out the likes of UBC,” says Yakichuk. “If we can win out over that kind of tough competition, we can sign up 500 alumni to volunteer - hands down!”

Yakichuk gets no argument from Deters; she knows firsthand the value of volunteering through her work with the University and other local organizations. She says she’s looking forward to putting her volunteer skills to the test as Congress provides her with the opportunity to rub shoulders with new people, as well as widen her perspective.

Deters says that the beauty of volunteering is that you gain at least as much as you give - in this case, meeting fascinating people from around the world and helping to share the story of the University of Regina,  while having access to incredible sessions with world-renowned scholars. Several offerings at Congress are free and designed with the larger community in mind, including the popular Big Thinking sessions and U of R-designed Community Connections and Cultural Connections (you won’t want to miss a book launch featuring Indigenous writers Buffy Sainte Marie and Louise Halfe, among others).

“What we often hear from alumni is that they want to give back. By volunteering at Congress you’re supporting our University and helping increase U of R’s profile locally, nationally, and internationally,” says Deter. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for U of R alumni to show the province, Canada, and the world what a great university we have here in Regina.”

If you’re interested in being part of the Congress Alumni Volunteer Team, sign up today. Click here for details.