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Spotlight: Savannah Heintzman, Off Campus Community Operations Coordinator
Meet Savannah Heintzman, 4A Psychology student and current operations coordinator for Off Campus Community (OCC).
OCC helps first and upper-year students get adjusted to off-campus living in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. Just like students who live in University of Waterloo Residences are assigned a Don, an upper-year student who is experienced with the ins-and-outs of life at UWaterloo and provides support for students, OCC also provides Dons for students living off campus.
Heintzman was an OCC Don for a year before she stepped into her current role as operations coordinator. As coordinator, she’s responsible for selecting and training the Don team, overseeing off-campus Orientation for first-year students in September, ensuring OCC's day-to-day operations run smoothly, and providing support and organization for Dons and other OCC leaders.
“My role has coordinator has helped me develop my leadership skills," Heintzman said. "I’m usually a pretty quiet and shy person, but knowing that people are looking to me for direction has helped me to put myself out there and not be afraid to share my ideas."
Heintzman’s involvement with OCC almost runs in her blood, as her brother was also an OCC Don when he was a student at UWaterloo. Heintzman followed in her brothers footsteps and now helps maintain the sense of belonging for students who live off campus, whether in their upper years or in first year, by building a friendly, welcoming, and strong community.
“Our office and our events are always so friendly and welcoming, and I’ve gotten to know lots of different people through OCC that I never would’ve met," she said. "After a long day of class it’s nice to stop by the office and chat people, there’s always a welcoming, positive vibe in OCC.”
Heintzman encouraged all undergraduate Warriors, regardless of if you live in residence or not, and regardless of whether you’re in first year or an upper year, to utilize check out OCC and take part in the services and events they host.