Featured Article - November

Featured Article

The Importance of Giving Back


Why is co-curricular Community Engaged Learning important for UTM students? It is more than just volunteering in the community. It is about connecting with peers from all different disciplines, tackling projects together, knowing you are giving your time, skills and energy to the community in ways identified by community organizations in partnership with UTM. We hope over the month you will explore new ways to give back and step outside your comfort zone to bring and develop new skills through community engaged learning. To learn more about Giving Tuesday read ahead to hear from our Giving Tuesday partnering organization; MississaugaGives, UTM student, Kaeliana Smoke and UTM’s Giving Tuesday Organizer, Mariana Villada to learn more about why and how to give back this month!

Don’t hesitate to stop by our office, DV3125, anytime to chat about community engagement initiatives at UTM and in the community!

Alysha Ferguson

Manager, Community Engaged Learning, Centre for Student Engagement


Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's almost GivingTuesday and UTM is getting ready to join the global giving movement this Tuesday, November 27th! 

Celebrated annually following Black Friday and Cyber Monday—two days that are great for the economy—GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back. It's a day when people around the world choose one or more causes they care about, and give back in any way they choose. Whether you choose to make a financial donation, volunteer, donate blood, host a fundraiser, or share why you give on social media, GivingTuesday is a day to encourage, celebrate, and kick-start the holiday giving season! Celebrated in over 140 countries around the world since it's start in 2012, over 6 million Canadians are estimated to have celebrated GivingTuesday by supporting a cause close to their heart.

For a third year, UTM is teaming up with MississaugaGives to celebrate GivingTuesday in the City of Mississauga. Since 2015, the team at MississaugaGives has celebrated GivingTuesday on a local level to celebrate and encourage residents to give to a cause in our community. 

To learn more about MississaugaGives and how you can get involved in GivingTuesday activities in Mississauga this Tuesday, November 27th, please visit www.mississaugagives.com


Nicole Danesi

Founder and Co-Chair, Mississauga Gives



With Giving Tuesday approaching, on November 27th, people might be wondering why to give back or even how. I hope that with writing about my reasons for giving back and the different ways I do will inspire others to participate on Giving Tuesday.

The reason that I give back is when I was a young girl attending a local Boys and Girls Club, that was helped run by volunteers and staff. The people there were like my second family, and they gave back to the youth that attended along with me, each making a difference in our lives. I give back because of the example that was set before me when I was younger, in hopes that I can change someone’s life like the people did for me when I was younger.

The ways I give back is by volunteering at community dinners, youth programs, mentorship programs, and tutoring programs. These aren’t the only ways to give back as there is an endless list of ways to give back, to simply brighten someone’s day. I hope that not only on Giving Tuesday, but also throughout the year that people will find ways to give back to the community around them.


Kaeliana Smoke

Second-year student, University of Toronto Mississauga



Join us in celebrating Giving Tuesday, where this year, UTM will be participating through an initiative called #UTMGives! Working with MississaugaGives, various campus partners and student groups, the Centre for Student Engagement hopes to engage UTM in giving back during November.

Students can participate in #UTMGives in two ways leading up to Tuesday November 27th. First, students can attend Giving Events held by participating campus partners and second, students can compete in our Kindness Challenge, completing 10 Acts of Kindness, to win a Chartwell’s gift card! On Tuesday November 27th, participating campus partners, including the Office of Advancement, Athletics, UTMSU and many more, will be tabling across campus through Giving Stations. Any student who visits two stations and participates in their activities will be eligible for Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit through the Centre for Student Engagement on this day!

To keep up to date on all things #UTMGives and Giving Tuesday at UTM, be sure to check our webpage uoft.me/utmgives and follow us on social media at @utmengage, using the hashtag #UTMGives!

Mariana Villada

Communications Assistant, Centre for Student Engagement