National Volunteer Award, Let’s Talk Science Outreach

2019 Award Winner: Kristine Macalinao, University of Manitoba

Kristine MacalinaoKristine has been volunteering with Let’s Talk Science for 3 years! She is passionate about high school outreach and is committed to contributing to causes that help as many students as possible, have an easier transition into post-secondary.

2019 Runners-Up

Runner-up: Alanna Jane, University of Ottawa

Alanna is passionate about STEM education and outreach. She has a very personal approach to outreach activities and adjusts activities to make them more applicable to students. She has helped adapt and translate kits at the University of Ottawa for the French classes.

Runner-up: Jennifer Lord, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

Jennifer is dedicated to making a difference in her community by spreading STEM to schools and communities that do not have access to outreach opportunities.Since November 2018, she has done 16 outreach programs, allowing her to each over 300 youth, and she is not done yet!

Runner-up: Elizabeth Walden, University of Ottawa

Elizabeth takes initiative to enhance materials and develop activities for her site! She helped lead the organization of CSI day, where 100 students explore forensic sciences. She also influences others to become involved with science outreach at the University of Ottawa.

Runner-up: Peter Zhou, University of Calgary

Peter started out participating in the Let’s Talk Science Mentorship program at the University of Toronto. When he returned to Calgary, he remained actively involved with Let’s Talk Science! Peter’s passion for science advocacy has played a tremendous role in both building relationships between Let’s Talk Science and various organizations and improving student experiences.

Past Winners

2018 – Jade Atkins, Carleton University
2017 - Jennifer Neufeld, University of Ottawa
2016 – Portia Kalun, McMaster University
2015 – Curtis McCloskey, University of Ottawa
2014 – Sue McKee, University of Ottawa
2013 – Li Wang, University of Saskatchewan
2012 – Gabriel Potvin, University of Ottawa
2011 – Sara Rafferty, University of Ottawa


Let’s Talk Science David Colcleugh Leadership Award

2019 Award Winner: Sarah Purcell, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Sarah Purcell.jpgSarah developed a volunteer coordinator team, providing 12 volunteers with the opportunity to engage in a leadership position and gain essential skills while doubling the outreach site volunteers and educator involvement to increase the diversity of outreach offered.

2019 Runners-Up

Runner-up: Portia Kalun, McMaster University

Portia’s personal mission is to make science more accessible for others by encouraging STEM outreach and gaining interest from professionals in STEM.

Runner-up: Renee Baysarowich, University of Ottawa

Renee has a passion for science outreach and specifically working with Indigenous youth. She motivates other university students to help foster learning opportunities that reach out to youth.

Past Winners

2018 – Michelle Lynn Trudel, University of Winnipeg
2017 – Mannix Chan, University of Victoria
2016 – Emily Ng, University of Calgary
2015 – Rachel Ward-Maxwell, McMaster University
2014 – Gabriel Potvin, University of Ottawa
2013 – Frances Lasowski, McMaster University
2012 – Megan Dodd, McMaster University
2011 – Julie Mason, University of Toronto, St. George campus


National Volunteer Award, CurioCity

2019 Award Winner: Harleen Saini

Harleen SainiHarleen holds the record for “most articles reviewed by a CurioCity volunteer” and is always willing to help. She approaches each task not as a volunteer, but as a teammate. She writes in a fun, conversational tone that helps draw readers into complex topics. It’s like learning STEM from a good friend.

2019 Runners-Up

Audrey Le Pioufle

Audrey has been a regular contributor to CurioCity and responds enthusiastically to any requests for content. She cites her own experience as a geologist in her articles, adding a personal touch to her work.

Leanne Grieves

Leanne started writing for CurioCity in 2018 and took the initiative to write two articles about invasive species. She does an excellent job of communicating in a writing style that is accessible to and interesting for teen readers.

Past Winners

2018 – Moushumi Nath
2017 - Mira Okshevsky
2016 – Anna Zhou, University of Toronto


Indigenous Outreach Project Award, Let’s Talk Science Outreach

Volunteers at Memorial University engaging in outreach2019 Award Winner: Coastal Labrador Trip – Science of all sizes; from DNA to blue whales, Let’s Talk Science at Memorial University, St. John’s Campus

Volunteer team: Alison Sutherland, Jessica Winters, Cateline Landry, and Madison Janes

The trip consisted of visiting 270 students in , Labrador. Children were eager to participate and related STEM topics to their lifestyle and knowledge as Inuit. The outreach project had an extremely valuable and positive impact on the students.

2019 Runners-Up

Let’s Talk Science and the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, Let’s Talk Science at the University of Ottawa

The journey began in 2017 with the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre. Since March 2018, volunteers completed 50 activities reaching over 1000 Inuit children and youth with over 26 different science concepts presented.

Sandy Lake Partnership, Let’s Talk Science at the University of Toronto, St. George

Let’s Talk Science at University of Toronto, St. George has a long standing partnership withthe Sandy Lake First Nation community. The volunteers and coordinators worked with the community to identify their needs and focused their time developing activities that were relevant and tailored to the community.

Past Winners

2018 – Calgary