Please tell us who you are, where you're from and what your background is.
Initially, from the high arctic of Yellowknife, NT, my adventurous nature has led me to various a many experiences, such as working in diamond mines. I hold a diploma in Business Administration from Lethbridge College and am currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Human Resources Management and Industrial Labour Relations at the University of Lethbridge.
What is the best part of your job?
I enjoy listening to people and hearing their stories. I am a curious person who loves exploring new, outside-the-box ways of thinking and doing.
When did you join the ULethbridge team, and what do you do here?
I am our liaison for the uVolunteer program. My role is crucial in connecting the University of Lethbridge to volunteerism in the community. I have a natural curiosity, a keen ear, and genuine interest in others' stories allowing me to get deep with diverse groups of people. I am working hard to do my part to help those most in need in the city. I started the position in June of 2020 and it is a year long co-op experience.
Why are you excited about Career month and the work your team does?
I grew up in poverty and have significantly benefited from the efforts of volunteers at non-profits. Sports North donated me equipment, Computers for Kids gave me equipment for my schooling. I have seen firsthand the gaps in our social services and how non-profits find these gaps then create programs that fill needs in the community. I volunteer because it makes a difference. I have had the opportunity to pay it forward through volunteering, helping in whatever way I can, performing at benefit music events, helping build playgrounds and more. The great thing about volunteering is that you can give in whatever way you can, and it is always appreciated. I know how much volunteering and non-profits impact our community by all those involved it helps build a more robust neighbourhood, cites, and nations, more so than ever with COVID-19.
What is one piece of advice you would give to students in relation to their career journey?
I would encourage students to try things that bring them discomfort co-ops case competitions, joining a club, starting a club, or VOLUNTEERING. I started my post-secondary career, mostly focused on my in-class work. Still, employers are looking for students with experiential learning experiences.