Volunteering and Leadership

Manitoba Envirothon Steering Committee, Wildlife Committee, and Former co-chair Orals Committee, Manitoba Envirothon

Revising and rewriting the resources for all students (Wildlife Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Soil and Geology, Plant Ecology, Climate Change in the North, Integrated Watershed Management, Environmental Advocacy, and Invasive Species), writing and setting up field exams for both regional and provincial competitions, producing orals question for orals competition for regional and provincial competitions, judging oral presentations, running orals training and masters of ceremony for finals


Postgraduate Annual Symposium Planning Committee, Department of Zoology, University of Otago


Helped organize and run the annual postgraduate symposium for the Department of Zoology (coordinate student presentations (oral and poster), advertising, arrange two featured speakers (local and visiting), arrange catering and location, organize judging committee for student awards, MC event, etc.)


Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society Awards Committee Member

Reviewing and voting on nominated candidates for various awards of the organization, reviewing qualifications for each award, and reviewing terms of reference.


Parasitology Tenure Professor Search Committee Member, University of Manitoba

Participation in development of job advertisement, evaluate curriculum vitae, development of short- list criteria, creation of short-list, interview and final selection


Director of Communications, Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association, University of Manitoba

Development and maintenance of website, editor and publisher of bi-annual newsletter, manage social network communications, assist in organization and development of seminars and other social events in the department


Private Tutor, Grade 9-12 Science and Mathematics

09/2007- 12/2010
Re-teaching and presenting material in an alternative manner in order to facilitate higher understanding and retention in a student


Judge, Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge

04/2007; 04/2009
Evaluating individual or partner projects based on their scientific merit, oral and visual presentation skills.


UMFM 101.5 Host/Producer of Earth Matters (biweekly radio talk show), University of Manitoba

Host, organize and write interviews, production and editing of individual segments, management and arrangement of guest hosts


Junior Volunteer, Victoria General Hospital

Deliver flowers, library cart, water, juice and ice. Deliver lunches and feed patients as needed. Sales of newspapers to patients and emergency department ambassador.

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