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This summer Brenda from CityHousing Hamilton told us that they have started food markets in some of their high-rise buildings where their seniors can get fresh fruit and vegetables. The ...

At-home retreat gathering on Zoom

At our August online spiritual retreat, students dedicated a (14 hour!) day to reflection and personal growth. Activities ranged from discussion and creative practices to embodied movement and a nature ...

Radha with a group of volunteers at a school breakfast program

by Radha Sharma, student leader

Being a volunteer with Student Open Circles has become an integral part of my identity. After school went online, I was delighted to find ...

Newcomer Youth Centre volunteers

Our connection to one another is what sees us through difficult times. As school and extra-curricular activities continue to be entirely online, the students in our weekly reflection groups, courses ...

Mohammad

by Mohammad Jafari, student leader

This past year, Mohammad led a Student Open Circles weekly volunteer group at the Newcomer Youth Centre, mentoring and tutoring recent immigrant youth.

At the ...

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Keeping children engaged in online activities takes creativity and hard work. Our groups at Hamilton Mission Services's 196 After School Club have been very inventive as they plan weekly crafts ...

Clare

by Clare de Souza, student leader

For the past year, I have been facilitating a “Letters to Seniors” weekly volunteer group with CityHousing Hamilton and Shalom Village long-term care ...

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by Brooj Mishal, student

As a post-secondary student, it seems like there is SO MUCH one can do to grow, develop and flourish to become the best version of yourself ...

Online Winter Retreat
I feel like a bird that was about to leave the nest, when suddenly without warning, I was pulled back. The nest is comfortable and I’m grateful for it, but ...
Online Winter Retreat

by Hani Choksi, student

Open Circle has always run retreats, where students gather for community-building activities without being distracted by social media or the outside world. However, this term’s ...

Rachel

by Rachel Wang, student

We are living in an age where terms like “social distancing” and “lockdown” are no longer so foreign to us. Somehow, in the past year ...