Michelle Bondy, Let’s Talk Science Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer at the University of Windsor

Through the Outreach program, our Local Site Coordinators work to ensure their volunteers are having a rewarding and impactful experience.

MichelleNumber of years with Let’s Talk Science: 4.5 (2 as a volunteer coordinator)

Where do you work?: University of Windsor, Faculty of Science

Tell us about an inspirational moment from your volunteer work: There are so many, it’s really hard to choose. Last year we held our site’s first Let’s Talk Science Challenge and it was inspiring for me to see how excited the teams were to be participating. They put a lot of thought and effort into their design challenges and the results were very impressive!

Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: I enjoy going on rural day trips to bring hands-on science activities to schools outside of Windsor. I’m grateful that we are able to reach youth in rural communities and provide access to our programming. I also really like getting to spend a full day with volunteers; it’s a great chance to chat with them, get to know them better and get more feedback on ways to make our program better for volunteers and students.

What do you enjoy most about working with volunteers?: I’m really proud of how diverse our site is. We have volunteers from many different backgrounds, which is representative of Windsor (both the city and the university). Every volunteer brings something unique to our site based on their own knowledge and experience and that is something I truly appreciate. I always enjoy when volunteers stop by to chat and tell me how their last activity went, or how their classes and research are going.

‘Fun fact’: My uncle owns a fireworks company and I have been working there all my life. My goal is to find a way to make a (safe) activity kit about the science of fireworks!