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Celebrate 20 Years of Diversity with Student Open Circles by supporting our crowdfunding campaign. Help us raise $6,000 to support students spiritually, in their personal and leadership growth, and in ...

Outdoor introductory Open Circle event

Student Volunteers Support Isolated Seniors

Samiha and Radha share their experiences of connecting with isolated seniors during the pandemic, and how the students they volunteer with are forming community with ...

Samiha

by Samiha Bari, student leader

Volunteering during a pandemic did not seem possible early last year as my in-person volunteer placement was cancelled, along with everything else in my ...

CityHousing building

by Brenda Silverthorne, wellness coordinator for CityHousing Hamilton

Our seniors living at CityHousing are following public health advice to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as staying home ...

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 ...