Our Volunteer Philosophy

Sustainable Waterloo Region strongly believes in volunteerism as a fantastic way of gaining meaningful work experience, in addition to developing skills and connections that can further professional employment. Volunteers are involved in decision-making across the organization. This means when volunteers contribute to the organization’s work, they have an impact that extends beyond their particular area of responsibility and help guide the long-term direction of Sustainable Waterloo Region.



How We Approach Volunteering

At Sustainable Waterloo Region, we focus on the needs of our volunteers first. It is important to us that each of our volunteers are engaged, working on what they are most passionate about, seeing tangible impact on the organization, and enjoying a meaningful work experience.

Why People Volunteer at Sustainable Waterloo Region

  • To be part of an active community working towards improving the sustainability of Waterloo Region
  • For personal and professional skill development, and opportunities to meet industry professionals
  • For an opportunity to meet new people who share the same passion and commitment towards the organization


“When we started Sustainable Waterloo Region originally, we were all volunteers. I think this particularly helped to create a culture that prioritizes the needs and input of volunteers, and we’ve all worked to retain this focus in the years since founding.”

– Mike Morrice
Founder and Past Executive Director, Sustainable Waterloo Region

“I was immediately excited to be part of such a forward-thinking initiative. The team dynamics are incredible, whether volunteer or staff, everyone in our diverse team is allowed to follow their passions, to learn and contribute in a meaningful way… I never cease to be impressed with how willing community members have been to contribute time and resources once they hear about our mission – truly a sign of Waterloo Region’s collaborative nature”

– Joanna la Fleur
Sustainable Waterloo Region Volunteer

Interested in Volunteering?

We’re always looking for dedicated and talented people to join our team. Take a look at our current volunteer opportunities.