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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Reasons to volunteer on campus

April 19, 2023

In honour of National Volunteer Week, I thought I would talk about why I chose to volunteer on campus and why it made my Ontario Tech experience a great one.

To give back

When I was an incoming student, I was truly in awe of the peer leaders on campus. They were knowledgeable, friendly, kind, and so much more. After my own orientation, I thought to myself that I definitely wanted to pay it forward and help other incoming students feel at ease, the same way my peer leaders helped me. It was so rewarding to become a peer leader and then a senior peer leader to aid in the mentorship process.

To network and make connections

Naturally, I found it easiest to make friends with people in my program. However, volunteering through various Student Life initiatives allowed me to network with students in different faculties. This was enriching to learn about different programs, workloads, interests, etc.

By volunteering with the Digital Community I got to collaborate with students and staff of various backgrounds. This experience and being able to network was a stepping stone to applying through the University Works program to work as a Digital Community Assistant.

To enhance your skills

I didn’t realize how much volunteering would positively enhance my skill set. For example, I’m not particularly fond of public speaking or presentations but I was given so many opportunities to build my confidence and improve. Volunteering is truly a team effort, and I was able to collaborate, problem-solve, enhance my communication skills, and so much more. All of the skills and experiences I gained as a volunteer were great to mention in job interviews and have continued to help me to this day.

Overall, volunteering on campus only brought value to my student experience. I encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer on campus to do it! It was truly one of the highlights of my undergraduate experience. Even after graduating I can’t help but continue to come back to the Digital Community to see what our amazing content creators (who graciously volunteer their time to write articles) are up to.

Thank you, volunteers!

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