William Chan, Let’s Talk Science Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer at the University of Alberta

William gets a lot out of his role as a volunteer coordinator – inspiring the children as well as his volunteers.

WilliamNumber of years volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: 2½ years (1 year as a volunteer coordinator)

Where do you work? Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta

Tell us about an inspirational moment from your volunteer work: Another volunteer and I did the Egg Drop activity from the Super Science Challenge kit with an elementary class in March. It was one of the best visits I have ever had for a few reasons. First, the kids worked collaboratively and enthusiastically to build a device with limited materials for protecting their eggs. Second, we had the full engagement of the teacher in the activity. She made the drops and celebrated with her students their accomplishments regardless of outcome. Third, the students’ facial expressions as they came to find out whether they successfully prevented their eggs from breaking were priceless. Even when the eggs cracked, they still had a lot of fun and smiles were seen all across. It was all about the process, not the outcome. It was also about a community of students coming together and discovering joy in science. This is exactly what motivates and inspires me to be a Let’s Talk Science volunteer.

Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: Egg Drop

What do you enjoy most about working with volunteers? Getting to know volunteers not only as volunteers but as human beings and identifying their strengths and interests and presenting them with volunteer opportunities that they would come away with a positive experience and an intrinsic motivation to contribute more and grow.

Fun Fact: I love pandas! I can watch them all day at the zoo.