April 7, 2014
Ottawa – ON Dr. Barbara Vanderhyden, Director of Let's Talk Science at the University of Ottawa, received the prestigious Governor General Caring Canadian Award on Monday April 7, 2014 during a special celebration of National Volunteer week at The Ottawa Hospital. The certificate and pin, presented by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, was in recognition of Dr. Vanderhyden’s efforts to create engagement among young Canadians in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), along with her other roles as a volunteer leader within her community.
“On behalf of Let’s Talk Science, we are thrilled that Dr. Vanderhyden has received this important recognition” states Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science. “For more than twenty years she has demonstrated a deep personal commitment to youth by providing diverse opportunities to engage them in meaningful STEM-based learning experiences. She truly understands that STEM engagement builds skills that are important in any job and develops knowledge and insight that will be required to solve significant global challenges.”
The Caring Canadian Award was established in 1995 by then governor general Roméo LeBlanc. The award celebrates ordinary Canadians who volunteer their time doing extraordinary things.
Dr. Vanderhyden works as a professor at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and currently holds the Corinne Boyer Chair in Ovarian Cancer Research. Dr. Vanderhyden established the Let's Talk Science Outreach site in Ottawa in 1993 and continues to serve as a faculty advisor for the program.
April 7, 2014
Happy National Volunteer Week! Every day we will be highlighting some of the amazing volunteers of Let’s Talk Science. See below for today’s spectacular people:
Let’s Talk Science Board of Directors, Treasurer
Number of years volunteering with us: 3
Position, Company (or past position): Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? Science and math are skills that underpin all things that we do in our everyday lives. Understanding the excitement that the Lets Talk Science team brings to the education of these skills is infectious and energizing – something that I want to pass onto my two sons.
Fun fact: Having experienced the energy and excitement (ie, sound) of the Let's Talk Science Challenge, you can see that the desire to learn is alive and well in the students!
Let’s Talk Science Outreach Volunteer at the University of Manitoba
Number of years volunteering with us: First year (September 2013-present)
Program/area of study: General Science Degree
Favourite outreach activity: My favourite outreach activities have always been the mall outreaches, you are able to spend several hours showing experiments and teaching kids about science in a condensed fashion. You meet many new people and you get to spend your time with other volunteers who are so dedicated, passionate and inspiring.
Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I started volunteering with Let’s Talk Science because I wanted to improve myself as a person, to increase my public speaking/presentation skills, and to work with kids of all ages as I had not yet been exposed to that experience. Apart from that, I knew that it would be a great way to meet a lot of amazing people who would hold similar interests to me. I continued volunteering and increasing the amount of activities I participated in because the whole process of volunteering had just become so addicting. I still check the volunteer spreadsheet every day in hopes there would be an activity I could pick up! It is one of the best groups at the University of Manitoba and an experience I will never forget.
Fun fact: I used to own a ferret named Gizmo, I liked to take him on walks and show him off!