About Student Open Circles

Since 2001 Student Open Circles has been working with students to support them in their life and spiritual journeys and to make a difference in the community. We are a Canadian registered charity based in Hamilton, Ontario (registration number 891444309 RR0001).

Our Mission

Student Open Circles mentors and empowers students from diverse backgrounds in personal and spiritual reflection, community service, and leadership development.

Open Circle participants say...

Just being around Jeff is calming, and he has a gift for putting feelings and questions into words and a quiet sensitivity that makes it easy to talk with him about anything.

Mary Beth's support and encouragement has been so valuable to me. She can always ask me the right question or share the right story to help me think and grow spiritually and otherwise. I value her openness and her authenticity.

It's been wonderful for me to spend time with them in community and I really respect their partnership and the journey they have walked on their own and together.

Our Staff

Marybeth Leis Druery and Jeff Druery have provided guidance for students since 1995 and co-founded Student Open Circles in 2001. They share an interest in today's student culture, love being with people, are committed to living lightly on the earth, enjoy nature, and express themselves through music and art. They are inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus, along with other traditions, to work towards a just world in which we value and care for all. They are devoted to building diverse and welcoming community that meaningfully connects spirituality, faith, and action. In 2017, they were first runners-up for the Hamilton Citizen of the Year award.

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Our Board

We have a diverse Board of Directors representing the Hamilton community, faith communities, and the McMaster community.