The St. Mary’s University President’s Volunteer Team leadership, back row, from left, Darcy Smereka, director of admissions and recruitment, Nancy Quan, director of campus ministry and Gerry Turcotte, far right, president and vice-chancellor, are joined by some of the school’s active student volunteers. (Supplied by Wil Andruschak, Postmedia Content Works)

Shannon Sutherland-Smith
Postmedia Content Works

The President’s Volunteer Team provides a glimpse into the heart and soul of St. Mary’s University.

Each year, dozens of representatives from the school — both staff and students — head into the community to make meaningful contributions of time, energy and talent by partnering with organizations and initiatives such as the Mustard Seed, Habitat for Humanity, Feed the Hungry and Me to We.

“This initiative develops the most important kind of leadership — servant leadership,” says university president Gerry Turcotte.

“We learn by example. We succeed through a shared exchange of goodwill and caring. For individuals, for families, for society to grow, we need strong, positive examples of accountability and responsibility.”

St. Mary’s University prides itself on creating an environment that equips and inspires students to incorporate perspectives on ethics and social justice into their academic pursuits.

 

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