Meet Two of our New Board Members



"What sustains you?”

It's an interesting question as every person will have a different interpretation; some think of self-care and others think of the work they do. I think that for me, it's actually both.

Back when I was an undergraduate student it was very important for me to give back to the Hamilton community. I came across Open Circles and was given the opportunity to volunteer in a community center after-school program. This experience was the most transformative of my adult life, and I can truly say that it shaped who I am today.

I give back now in a different way; by supporting students through my work at McMaster. … I would not be able to do the work that I do now without my volunteer experience and I am grateful to Open Circles every day. (Sarah Sullivan, SOC alumni)




I'm proud to say I’ve been a part of Student Open Circles (SOC) for the past few years as a community volunteer, group facilitator, and new member of the Board. SOC allowed me to break out of the McMaster University bubble, become more aware of the Hamilton community, and realize my own potential and capacity to give. Volunteer groups range from assisting youth new to Canada with homework help to child-minding at women’s shelters and more!

University can be a difficult time for many students. I definitely found it stressful at times. SOC helped sustain me and relieve some stress by providing a weekly opportunity to engage with others, meet new people, give back and feel good.

Any donation towards SOC is greatly appreciated and will help engage more students with volunteering in the community and support students emotionally by learning more about themselves! (Katherine Majerovich, SOC alumni)