Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.89 / 5.00 Nathalie Walker
Office and Event Lead
Sustainability Council
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Number of students enrolled for credit (headcount; part-time students, continuing education, and/or graduate students may be excluded):

Number of students engaged in community service (headcount):

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)? (if data not available, respond 'No'):

Total number of student community service hours contributed during the most recent one-year period:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:

Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)? (Incentives may include voluntary leave, compensatory time, or other forms of positive recognition):

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:


Edmonton Corporate Challenge was created in 1992 to provide an activity for local businesses to foster employee interaction, teamwork, morale, pride, and health and wellness. It is an Olympics-style competition that is now one of the largest amateur sporting events in Canada! In addition to athletic competition, an equal emphasis is placed upon team spirit and community support. Participants compete in specific sports as well as in activities that are geared towards building team pride.

The University of Alberta is proud to participate in these community games, fielding teams in each of the 20 sporting events, providing volunteers who support the events, and participating in all parts of the spirit challenge, including the CEO Pep Rally Challenge, Big Bike Challenge (fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation), scavenger hunt and the blood donor drive.


The University of Alberta’s Community Connections Awards honour those individuals and groups who have embodied the U of A’s spirit to “uplift the whole people” by sharing their expertise, time, and energy for the benefit of the public good. Three awards are presented annually to those who support, study and work at the University of Alberta. Recipients of these awards demonstrate their exceptional service to the U of A through the impact of their community involvement. Awards are presented at a ceremony typically held in May each year.

There are three award categories:
- Community Scholar – recognizes faculty and instructors who share and translate their areas of expertise for the betterment of the community.
- Community Leader – recognizes U of A employees, post-doctoral fellows and/or students who have embraced opportunities to build, enhance, and sustain engagement with the broader community.
- UAlberta Advocates – recognizes people from the broader community who’s efforts have enhanced the U of A’s reputation and raised its profile with neighbouring communities.


Green and Gold Day is the University of Alberta’s premier school spirit event, celebrating the people who make the U of A the vibrant, involved and innovative community that it is - students, faculty, staff and alumni. It features a parade, pep rally, barbeque, dodgeball and other festive activities that uplift and connect the university community near and far. Each year in September, hundreds of people come out to Main Quad to enjoy food, carnival games and the chance to show off their Green and Gold spirit.


More than 135,000 people in the Edmonton region live in poverty. Many people across the University of Alberta, government and multiple community organizations and agencies are working to understand and solve this problem. The United Way stands at the heart of many of those efforts by supporting the delivery of over 100 programs and services – all dedicated to creating pathways out of poverty by partnering with 50 other organizations in the region.
Many of the 50 organizations partnered with the United Way also partner with the University of Alberta. They open their doors to UAlberta students through internships and co-ops. They assist researchers through joint research projects. Most importantly, they help people on UAlberta's campuses directly through the services they provide.
The University of Alberta has been a proud supporter of the United Way for more than 30 years. Each year the university runs a fundraising campaign to facilitate UAlberta staff and faculty donations to this worthy cause. To date, the campus community has raised in excess of $12 million dollars for the United Way.

Additional documentation to support the submission:


Lauren Baril
Team Lead, Student Engagement & Partnerships
Volunteer Management & Partnerships
Office of the Registrar

Prachi Mishra
Associate Project Planner
Sustainability Council

David Peacock
Community Service-Learning
Faculty of Arts

Amber Basarab
Student Advisor
Learning, Advising and Beyond
Augustana Campus

Michaela Mann
U School Program Lead
Office of the Senate

Caitlin McLeod
Residence Life Education and Leadership
Ancillary Services
Facilities & Operations

Zhi Jones
Associate Director
Education Abroad
University of Alberta International

Gavin Palmer
Student Engagement Programs Coordinator
University of Alberta International

Idara Effiom
EASI Program Assistant
University of Alberta International

Darlene Bryant
Associate Director
Strategic Initiatives and Events
Strategic Portfolio Initiatives
University Relations

Eric Kother
Senior Manager
Student's Union

Michelle Kim
Program Lead
Sustain SU
Student's Union

Kristin LaGrange
Program Lead
Student Group Services
Student's Union

Macey Nortey
Team Lead
Student Services
Students' Union

Devin Smith
Program Lead
Peer Support Centre
Students' Union

Josh Connauton
Strategy Manager
New Student Orientation
Students' Union

Dayna Wallington
Program Lead
Student Development
Students' Union

Em Matheson
Program Lead
The Landing
Students' Union

Deanna L. Williams
Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Human Ecology
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Kim Lo
Event Operations Associate
Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics

Reshma Sirajee
Volunteer Coordinator
Campus Food Bank Society

Kenneth Lord
Outdoors Club

Emily Stein

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