Help your students picture what you're teaching
Educators across Waterloo Region use our free programs to connect students to learning experiences with local industry professionals.
I love that the BEP connects our classroom to authentic learning opportunities from the community. Students are excited when they can ask questions of experts from the “real world”. Teachers benefit from the up-to-date information provided by community partners.
Teacher, Eastwood Collegiate Institute
Our students clearly enjoyed the event and gained great insight into six rewarding careers available within the local community. Along with discussing their work, the speakers sent a clear message of the importance of hard work, and learning from a variety of experiences. Our students were engaged and interacted nicely with the guests. Highly recommended.
Teacher, Elmira District Secondary School
This is an excellent teaching tool for me because the speakers have first-hand knowledge of their field. All of them have been professional, courteous and honest about their work. Numerous parents and students have commented on the impact a particular speaker has had on them or their child, so I know these speakers have positively influenced my students' career choices.
Teacher, Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School
Our programs are geared towards students (and educators) in the Waterloo Region and Waterloo Catholic DSBs. Along with corporate and municipal partners, their funding makes these learning opportunities possible.
For the Partnership Portal, you should plan to seek a volunteer at least one month prior to the date of your planned activity.
The Partnership Portal features hundreds of industry professionals from across the Region of Waterloo, in a range of industries and sectors. A small sample can be located on the Partnership Portal page. Once you register, you will be able to see the full list. We are constantly recruiting new community members, and can help you find someone with specific expertise if you can’t locate such a person in the Partnership Portal.
Prospective volunteers are subject to a review of their application, including an interview, prior to participating in BEP programs. Volunteers are required to follow the practices defined in the Program Terms and Conditions, which includes being under the supervision of an educator or assigned school staff for any in-school activity. As per the policies of our local school boards, volunteers are not required to receive vulnerable sector screening for in-school volunteering because they remain under the supervision of an educator.
When creating a volunteer opportunity, you can seek volunteers who have specifically indicated an interest in volunteering virtually. As it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic, educators are expected to only request volunteers for in-person volunteering when it is allowed by their school or school board.