We could all use a bit more help: volunteer with a working group!


Poster design by Elisha Hwangbo

Each working group sets their own schedule and decided how they will make an impact on their issue. Volunteers become integral participants in the work, bringing unique skills and finding a place to grow in a supportive environment.

Working groups are supported in various ways, from the application process and orientation to the year end reports. Working Groups get together to network, and can access tools and resources including financial support to help them succeed.

Get started, it’s never too late! Explore our current groups and then get in touch!

Get engaged with community – CEP volunteers wanted!

Are you interested in participating in a new approach to community engagement?

The Community Engagement Project is looking for highly committed, driven individuals with passion for community improvement on a large, broad scale. We’re looking to hire executive volunteers in the following fields:

  • Online promotion (Media and PR Officer)
  • Data crunching (Statistician)
  • Networking, meetings (Delegates)

If you are interested in contributing in the above ways please send us a message on our Facebook page, or an email at cep@opirgmcmaster.org and we’ll schedule an interview!

ceplogoSuccessful candidates will possess strong work ethic, willingness to learn, and an energetic drive to create real change! We will try to give all candidates an equal opportunity for an interview.

The deadline for candidacy is Saturday, February 11th at 11:59 PM.

For more info, visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/McMasterCEP

We look forward to hearing from all of you,

Damian Tran

Online OPIRG & You!

If you ever wanted to know what OPIRG McMaster is all about, and how we enact our mission, drop by our Resource Centre in MUSC 229, join one of our working groups, or just take a trip on this amazing internet!

Let’s go!

  • Congrats: you are on our blog (moved here from blogger). Leave a comment!
  • How about our Facebook Page?
  • If you are on Twitter, come share the glory
  • Seriously, we need some love over at Pinterest, where we plan and dream visually
  • Time travel at the  digital OPIRG History Archive
  • Travel the world with OPIRG McMaster on Google Maps
  • Flip through documents, newsletters, research papers, year end reports here
  • Everyone wants more video, so, here’s our Youtube channel
  • Browse our library holdings on our database and then come check out a resource

We also have a blog for the Street Tree Project (and Twitter, and Facebook)

What about a website you ask. That’s awkward, actually. We are moving from our old site at opirg.ca to a new site, but we are currently sitting in between the two. So, yes, we are hoping you find all you need to explore in the links above, and please, share share share your ideas, concerns, anything that you feel OPIRG needs to know!


New OPIRG Working Groups!


Guided tour in west campus where turtles have new prime space to lay eggs

We are thrilled to introduce you to four new OPIRG volunteer “working groups” as they begin their journey to make positive changes in their respective areas of interest:

In alphabetical order:

  • Eco Friendly Mac
  • MacTurtles/Turtle Group
  • McMaster Community Engagement Project
  • McMaster Welcome Group

You can reach all our (now 11) working groups from our volunteer page


Eco-Friendly Mac

The primary objective of this Working Group is to establish a more accessible and streamlined battery recycling program at McMaster. Battery recycling is not something that busy students prioritize and many throw them in the garbage without realizing that batteries need to be properly disposed of.

The current placements of the battery recycling stations are somewhat hidden from the average student and the numerous battery recycling stations scattered around are very disjointed in their operation. For example, the battery recycling station in the MSU office has not been processed in a year.

We also seek to make the general student body more aware about the notion that batteries need to be properly disposed of as well as the locations of these recycling stations.


Protection and conservation of turtles and wetlands through awareness and improvement of conservation efforts is what defines our working group.

Habitat fragmentation, climate change, pollution, and hunting are all reasons for the stark decline in turtle populations. Our group believes that a public and scientific understanding of these causes would help protect the declining turtle populations.

The wetlands are critical to biodiversity and human well-being. Our goal is to show the public that turtles are an important part of this ecosystem. Preserving and increasing turtle populations will help the wetlands and preserve a critical species.

We want to do this through connecting labs and groups by creating a conference to promote collaboration and information propagation. We have also created a radio show to build an appreciation for the importance of turtle protection. Designing petitions for reducing speed limits on Cootes and reducing the number turtles a person is allowed to hunt is another way to help.

Lastly, we have a proposal to work with Reyna Matties on having wildlife cameras monitor turtles. Trained volunteers would sift through the pictures helping to extract relevant data to be analyzed. This would give a cursory glance at how effective our conservation efforts are.

McMaster Community Engagement Project

This working group will advocate for students’ interests while raising awareness of ForWard1, the participatory budgeting process used in the City of Hamilton. Since Ward 1 is predominantly a student-inhabited area, it is important that this budgeting process takes the ideas and perspectives of students into consideration.

Throughout the year beginning January 2016, the McMaster Community Engagement (MCE) Project will collect ideas from student groups who are passionate about bringing positive change to the community. These ideas will be further developed by the MCE group with feedback from McMaster staff and submitted at the end of the year to receive ForWard 1 funding.

McMaster Welcome Group

The Syrian conflict has recently been brought close to home, 982 Syrian Refugees have settled in Hamilton this past year, these numbers will increase dramatically before this spring. 14 families, over 100 individuals, have already been placed in McMaster’s immediate community.

These families need support. With very little resources and no ability to speak English, simple activities like grocery shopping are a struggle. More complex tasks such as navigating our health care system for a pregnancy or finding work prove to be impossible alone.

Our group has been working to assist these families in their Canadian transition. We have collected and distributed winter clothing, furnished apartments, booked and translated doctors appointments and taught English lessons. Above all else we have developed strong friendships with these Newcomer Families.

We would like OPIRG’s support in continuing to assist Westdale’s newcomer families  while reaching out regionally and internationally in the midst of this international humanitarian crisis.