Volunteers at Congress 2018 eager to share Prairie hospitality

By Dale Johnson Posted: May 22, 2018 3:00 p.m.

Close to 500 volunteers will be on hand for Congress 2018.
Close to 500 volunteers will be on hand for Congress 2018. Photo: U of R Photography

Congress 2018, the Queen City’s largest conference ever, takes place May 26 – June 1 and is an opportunity to highlight our famous Prairie hospitality.

Hosted by the University of Regina, the event welcomes 5,000 academics, professors, and graduate students from across Canada and around the world. They’ll be tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues including climate change, reconciliation, world politics, and immigration.

"Congress 2018 will be an incredible opportunity to showcase our University and our City to scholars from across Canada and around the world. It's my privilege to welcome visitors to this important event and to join as a conference participant," says Dr. Andrew Stevens, Regina City Councillor for Ward 3 and Associate Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at the U of R.

While the University has been working on the conference since 2014, it takes an army of volunteers, close to 500, to make the week-long event a success.

Volunteers from Regina and surrounding communities have signed up to tackle a bit of everything from providing directions to thousands of out-of-towners to serving food, assisting with technical equipment, and helping to keep the campus beautiful.

Busy putting her U of R Bachelor of Human Justice and Master of Public Administration to good use as a crime analyst with RCMP, Monica Deters says she set aside time to volunteer: "I’m 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."

Another volunteer, Meshaal Dossary, University of Regina Students' Union VIP Coordinator, stresses the incredible support volunteers provide, as well as how much Congress 2018 volunteers themselves stand to gain from the experience: "You’ll pick up on new skills you can use personally and professionally and meet great like-minded people who just may become life-long friends."

Volunteers will also be on hand to assist during free, public events including concerts with Buffy Sainte-Marie and Jeffery Straker, a talk by National Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde about the role education plays in reconciliation, a session with Jennifer Welsh, and the Big Thinking lecture series.

For more details on Congress 2018, including a raft of free, public events visit: www.congress2018.ca.