Carmen D Souza and Aaron D Cruz, Let’s Talk Science Volunteers

Meet Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteer Carmen and her son Aaron. This mother and son duo has teamed-up to engage children and youth in their community since moving to Canada.

 Carmen and Aaron

Carmen D Souza

Time volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: 5 years

Job: Chemistry, Environmental Science / Instructor

Inspirational Moment: When kids are so interested and enthusiastic in science concepts and all the hands-on activities we show them. It’s so uplifting to see young minds asking thought-provoking questions. Let’s Talk Science has reinforced my love of being a science educator and helping me assimilate into the Canadian community. Conducting activities also comes with perks, including when you have kids calling you a “Scientist” at the end of the activity!

Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: Let’s Talk Science Challenge

Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? Why not! Volunteering with Let’s Talk Science has been the most rewarding experience for me: networking with people, connecting with community and spreading the contagious enthusiasm of science! Even after I completed my graduate studies, I still volunteered.

Fun fact: The newly-found monkey’s upturned nose leads to a sneeze every time the rain falls.



Aaron D Cruz

Time volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: Since August 2011, when I became a newly landed immigrant

School: High School / John Fraser Secondary School in Mississauga

Inspirational Moment: What’s important to me is the amazing connection we build with kids during the various activities. I remember the design challenge event for the Let’s Talk Science Challenge 2013 which showcased the team effort of the various teams. Their enthusiasm, attentiveness, eagerness for healthy competition and overall productivity in response to the design challenge blew me away! I’m very happy to be engaged in activities that bring out the best in individuals and have fun doing it

Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity: Let’s Talk Science Challenge

Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? Making my spare time productive by reaching out to my community and showing them that science is actually fun. As a newly landed immigrant, Let’s Talk Science has been my way of connecting with our new home community. I was the youngest of the Let’s Talk Science volunteers but am still dedicated and passionate about all the events I’m involved in and wish to continue in the years to come. It’s been rewarding to me personally in the sense that I am a ‘Scientist’ kids look up to and I hope to ignite their passion for science!

Fun fact: The vibrant blue dwarf ‘walking’ snakehead fish can breathe atmospheric air and survive on land for up to four days.