Volunteer

Our alumni volunteers are the unsung heroes of many events at the University of Saskatchewan and beyond.  Volunteering is in Saskatchewan's DNA, as 58 per cent of adults aged 15 and over volunteered their time in 2013. Thanks to our alumni who are continuously generous with their time and energy, this essential part of our DNA was on full display in 2017 at the Volunteer Summit, Alumni Weekend, Graduation Powwow and Orientation 2017. Whether it is operating an event booth, helping with set-up and clean up, taking tickets or greeting guests, the spirit of our volunteers help to make events at the U of S even more memorable and fun!

Why volunteer?

Volunteers build resilient communities. More than half of Canada’s 161,000 non-profit and charitable organizations have no paid staff and rely solely on volunteers. 12.7 million volunteers contribute close to 2 billion hours annually. Imagine how different your community would be without the support of volunteers. The important efforts of these volunteers improve quality of life for others. They also gain valuable experience and develop new skills. Additionally, studies show that involved Canadians enjoy an improved overall health. It's also a great way to meet new people and reconnect with your alma mater. 

Volunteer opportunities

We are interested in recruiting volunteers, whether it is a couple hours, or longer stretches of time. The gift of time and talent is essential to create meaningful connections back to the university. It connects us back to the various communities we call home and the issues facing the world.

Interested in volunteering? Please email alumni.volunteer@usask.ca and provide your name, contact information and your areas of interest.

Open House

Alumni in the Saskatoon area are invited to volunteer at this year’s Open House. Open House is the U of S's signature event for prospective students. For many prospective students, it will be their first time on campus. Open House takes place on Sept. 29 and various duties and shift lengths are available in the morning and afternoon. For more information and to sign up, visit explore.usask.ca/openhouse.

CareerMeetUps

CareerMeetUps are an opportunity led by the Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) on campus.

This is your opportunity to get to know the students of today, and connect with them to help them in their quest for a career.  We are looking for alumni who work in various industries and fields to be part of these networking events. All events are on the U of S campus, and usually run from 4 – 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

The series of CareerMeetUps include (specific dates to be confirmed soon):

  • Mining, Oil and Gas  - September 2017
  • Renewable Energy, Environment and Sustainability – October 12, 2017
  • Agriculture and Bioresources – October 2017
  • Science, Technology and Research – November 2017
  • Government and Community Based Organizations – January 2018
  • Kinesiology – January 2018
  • Healthcare – February 2018
  • Engineering – February 2018
  • Entrepreneurship – March 2018

If you would like to be an active volunteer alumni in this program, or need additional information, please contact Shari Thompson, Employment Coordinator at 306.966.6904, or email shari.thompson@usask.ca

Learning Communities

Learning communities at the U of S are small groups of students who share common idea, interests and/or classes. They meet weekly, guided by student Peer Mentors. This programming is critical in assisting first-year students with their adaptation to the university environment.

This program, led by the Student Learning Services unit, is looking for alumni to speak to first year students, as part of a panel, during one of their 50-minute meetings. These sessions occur during the day on the U of S campus. Sessions that need your help are college specific.

Can you share your journey of your first-year to your first-career (or wherever you happen to be in their career now)?  Sign up for this great, one-time, volunteer opportunity to connect to first-year students in their Learning Communities:

Wednesday, October 18

  • Kinesiology
  • Engineering

Thursday, October 19

  • Ag/Bio and Agri Business
  • Engineering

Friday, October 20

  • Engineering

For more information and to volunteer contact Joel Fonstad, Student Learning Services at 306-966-8057 or email joel.fonstad@usask.ca

Take the Volunteer Challenge

The pride within our province to engage in grassroots volunteerism is historic in Saskatchewan as we have the highest rate of volunteerism in the country. Volunteerism is in our DNA and we want to invite Canadians to answer the call of service. With Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, Volunteer Canada worked with the Governor General and other leaders and practitioners across sectors to explore what volunteering will look like in the future. Read the summary of the round table discussions The World of Volunteering in 2017 and Beyond.

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In celebration of your communities and your causes we ask you to make your commitment to volunteerism in 2017 and beyond.

  • What is your commitment?
  • How will you volunteer?
  • How will you invite others?
  • Where will you share your story?

Join the efforts across the country to build a more caring and connected nation. Participate in the 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge! The goal is to give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. To participate, volunteers are asked to register onto the Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge online platform to create their volunteer profile, track their volunteer hours and share information on the organizations for which they volunteered.