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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 ...

by Liberty Liu, student

Growing up in a big family, I was constantly surrounded with loud warm voices echoing within the walls. Despite being someone who kept to myself ...

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Around the world in 24 hours

by Marybeth Leis Druery

In the past day I’ve been to Egypt, Vancouver, China, and Ontario (all virtually, of course). As I “travelled” the ...

by Simi Jayeoba, student

Open Circle’s programming and events have been huge for me in moments where I was in need of connection, support, and understanding. The space that ...

by Vivian Li, student

During this quarantine, when I was forced to establish a new routine consisting of mostly indoor activities, Open Circle helped me reflect on what I need ...