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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
December 4, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Sandra Castellanos, Staff

Laurier administrative assistant Sandra Castellanos spends her days helping university faculty, staff and students with everything from course outlines to teaching evaluations.

Her free time is also spent assisting others. Castellanos is an avid volunteer who supports several organizations in her community and beyond. 

She is the operations manager for Peace for All International, a charity aiding residents of Northern Uganda that was started by Uganda native and Laurier alumnus Ayiko Solomon. And she has been involved with Laurier’s United Way campaign since 2001, acting as co-chair for the past five years.

“I’ve been this way since Kindergarten,” says Castellanos of her desire to give back. “I can’t be one of those people that keeps quiet when someone’s asking for a volunteer. I find my hand going up.”

Castellanos admits it is sometimes challenging to find time to get everything done, but she makes volunteering a priority in her life.

"Giving back is the only way I’m happy,” she says. “When I focus on other people and other things, then I feel like myself."