University celebrates National Volunteer Week

By Everett Dorma Posted: April 25, 2017 4:20 p.m.

Speakers at the volunteer week celebration were (L-R) Derrick R. Mann, P.Eng., Vice-President Engineering Integrity and Construction, SaskEnergy Inc. and TransGas, Bruce Anderson, Associate Vice-President (Development), U of R, and Dr. Mark Brigham, Professor Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, U of R.
Speakers at the volunteer week celebration were (L-R) Derrick R. Mann, P.Eng., Vice-President Engineering Integrity and Construction, SaskEnergy Inc. and TransGas, Bruce Anderson, Associate Vice-President (Development), U of R, and Dr. Mark Brigham, Professor Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, U of R. Photo by U of R Photography

On April 25 a celebration recognizing the contribution volunteers make within the University and larger community was held in support of National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017.

“The University of Regina has a long history of community involvement and our motto is As One Who Serves. In addition, our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes Commitment to our Communities as one of our three strategic priorities,” says Bruce Anderson, Associate Vice-President (Development) at the U of R. “Our students, faculty, staff and alumni engage in a myriad of volunteer activities at the University, through-out Saskatchewan and beyond.”

Just a few of the volunteer activities the U of R community is involved in include:

Since 2014 more than 200 students have participated in Habitat for Humanity Build Days helping construct new homes for families.

  • Art Cares (Community Action in Regina for Educational Service) is open to any student registered in a Faculty of Arts class. It consists of four days of volunteering with over 20 community based organizations that provides some practical experience, along with a better understanding of community organizations.
  • Student Energy in Action for Regina Community Health (SEARCH) provides access to clinical and social services in an after-hours clinical setting in the Four Directions Community Health Centre. Students representing many disciplines are involved in SEARCH including; Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Health Studies, Kinesiology, Education, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy, Arts & Science and others.
  • The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Students’ Association provides pro-bono policy research and advice to non-profit and charitable organizations.
  • The Paul J Hill School of Business participates in Enactus Regina, a community of student, academic and business leaders focused on creating change on campus and in the community through social enterprise, community engagement and strategic projects.

In Saskatchewan there are over 8,000 registered charities and non-profits, the second highest number of voluntary organizations per capita in Canada. For several years Saskatchewan has also had the highest volunteer rate in Canada.

The U of R, in partnership with SaskEnergy, is delivering the 2017 Canada-Wide Science Fair, May 14 - 20, 2017, an event that requires approximately 500 volunteers to succeed.

During the National Volunteer Week celebration at the University SaskEnergy introduced Volinspire, an online/mobile platform that brings volunteers, community organizations and businesses together to build more caring communities.

For more information on Volinspire visit: https://volinspire.com.