Fast Facts, Alumni Speak...

Julia (front centre) and the volunteer group she facilitated at the Wesley Centre Soup Kitchen celebrating the end of term 1. The transition to term 2 brings many changes as students’ schedules change and many volunteers and facilitators switch groups.

Did You Know?

  • Seven Hamilton neighbourhoods have low birth-weight rates higher than 20 per cent. The average rate of low birth-weight babies in sub-Saharan African countries is 15 per cent, according to the World Health Organization. (Code Red, Hamilton Spectator, April 2010)
  • Our Community Volunteer Action (CVA) program started 4 new volunteer groups this term at: Shalom Village Senior’s Program, Welcome Inn Senior’s Lunch, 2 groups at HAARRP afterschool program with Gr. 6-8 students.

Fast Facts about Community Volunteer Action & Open Circle

  • 330 students giving over 9,700 of annual service, which at minimum wage is approximately $100,000 of benefit to the community!
  • 300+ students involved in weekly discussion groups & events
  • 33 weekly volunteer groups this year

Alumni Speak

My name is Sara de Souza and I was an Open Circle member from 2004-2008. I appreciated having a space like Open Circle to go to for weekly discussions and spiritual reflection. I learned a great deal from Spiritual Companioning with Marybeth and the discussions. I will never forget the Winter Retreat I attended and the great friends I still have from that day!

(Sara currently works as a relief counselor at a women's shelter and actively volunteers for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and Youth Line.)