Every day, uOttawa faculty and staff give of their time and energy to help students reach their academic goals. What's more, in 2016-17, over 1,350 support staff, professors (full and part time) and retirees went above and beyond by donating to causes and areas that are meaningful to them.
In 2017, the program completed its sixth year. Since its inception in 2012, the employee participation rate has nearly doubled, from 16% to 31%, a true testament to the dedication and commitment of current and retired employees.
Last year, over 1,350 current and retired employees donated to a variety of funds. Hundreds of students have directly benefitted from this support. To date, donations have been distributed among over 340 initiatives focusing on enhancing the student experience, including scholarships, financial aid and research programs.
Our employee giving campaign, with the slogan "I Give," continues to resonate with the uOttawa community; effecting positive change for many students and helping them reach their academic goals.
Here are some testimonials from uOttawa employees about what inspires them to give:
- Macchi is a Faculty of Engineering professor who gives to the Chemical Engineering Professors' Scholarship Fund. "I truly enjoyed my university years, both from being intellectually stimulated and challenged upon learning a field that I have grown to love, and from the personal liberty that comes with entering adulthood. I give because I wish for other students to find the same joy and freedom while pursuing this important career/life milestone."
- Lavigne, a career counsellor, says, "I worked as a mental health counsellor for many years. I helped adults and young adults with physical and psychological limitations. I saw the obstacles and challenges they face and I am sensitive to them. As well, there are many people around me who have limitations. I would like them to succeed and flourish despite them, which is why I'm motivated to give to help students who have limitations."
Macchi and Lavigne are just two of the many members of the University of Ottawa community who are committed to improving the environment in which students learn and excel throughout their university career.
Employees can make a donation by logging into VirtuO.