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Comfort food for the York community – Division of Students Cup-of-Soup Event for United Way

You’re invited to enjoy a hot cup of soup & roll while supporting the United Way!

As the days get shorter and your thoughts turn to keeping warm while the rain falls, it’s good to know that on Friday, November 9 you’ll be able to wrap your hands around a steaming cup of soup and a roll – for just $3!

Lucy Fromowitz, Vice-Provost Students, along with teams from the Division of Students, will be serving warm comfort food in support of the York Cares United Way campaign. Connecting our staff with our students and listening to their diverse perspectives is a cornerstone of our values as a Division and there is no better way to interact with students than over an affordable, hearty lunch as the season turns into winter.

The cup-of-soup event is an opportunity for staff to engage with students and each other away from “the office” in a casual atmosphere. Soup-lovers can choose from a cup of vegetarian, chicken noodle or cream of vegetable soup and roll (plain, wheat, multigrain) for only $3.

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018

Time: Noon to 2pm

Two Locations:

Main Floor Lobby, Bennett Centre for Student Services (interactive map)

Beside the Central Square Cafeteria (interactive map)

The VP Students Cup-of-Soup event is just one of the United Way events planned for November. For more information about York’s campaign, visit the York Cares United Way Campaign website. Visit the United Way of Greater Toronto website to learn more about the people who will benefit from the money raised.

Come on out for a cup of soup & roll – warm your hands, your heart and the hearts of others.

Check back next week for photos from the event!


In my family, volunteering is non-voluntary. From a very early age, I was schooled on the concept of privilege and my responsibility to give back. For both my parents, volunteering is as fundamental to their Canadian identity as hockey and the Northern Lights. These days, when they could be basking in their well-earned retirement, my Mom spends most of her free time supporting Victims Services while my Dad strives to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.  (Learn more about my Dad’s passion and the work both my parents do to support my brother Michael.) They are heroes to many, including me.

Drawing on the example they’ve set, I’ve embraced a wide variety of volunteer opportunities over the years; sometimes, because I thought I should while at other times because it felt good to be needed. These days, the focus of my volunteering is on Governance. After eleven years on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, I joined the Board of Trustees at Holland Bloorview Hospital in 2010.   Holland Bloorview is known globally as a leader in rehabilitation medicine for kids with disabilities. Their vision is a world of possibility for children and youth with special needs.  They live a commitment to client and family centered care and do amazing work, for example, in the areas of acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, and autism.

Here’s the lesson these two most recent volunteer commitments have taught me:  you usually get more than you give. In both instances, I initially accepted the invitation to join the Boards  because I thought I had something to contribute. Without question, however, my life has been enriched.  Professionally, I’ve made great contacts and had exposure to mentors who work in a diverse array of sectors.  The personal benefits, however, are far more profound. I am a better parent, partner and friend because of what I’ve learned from watching kids and families manage through unimaginable circumstances. I am often humbled by their courage and strength.

I know you are busy—we all are. But here is my best counsel:  make the time to give back. It’s good for our communities, and for you as a person.