Welcome Message

Message from the President and Chair, Board of Directors

As this annual report was being developed, we had to remind ourselves that half of our operating year took place before the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives. In early March 2020, Let’s Talk Science was on track to exceed all of our programming goals – and then our entire national education user base and volunteer network disappeared over the course of a few days! Our response to the resulting massive school disruption was guided by the principles that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ and ‘a good crisis should never go to waste’, made famous by Peter Drucker and Winston Churchill, respectively. We responded in both conventional and unconventional ways to maximize our support for youth, educators, parents, volunteers and partners with online and offline initiatives.

Once we ensured our people were healthy and could work safely, Let’s Talk Science moved quickly to support the rapid shift to distance/online learning. We are deeply thankful to our funding partners who trusted and encouraged us to be responsive during these unprecedented times.

The pandemic has underscored the critical need for our work as a national education and outreach charity that helps youth prepare for future career and citizenship roles through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) engagement. Let’s Talk Science has not ‘wasted’ this crisis and our culture has prevailed. As described in this report, we have innovated, learned and adapted in service to Canadian youth and educators. We are carefully assessing the impact and response of our revised programming and which aspects we will adopt permanently.

We are indebted to our board of directors, staff, volunteers, partners and supporters for their ongoing commitment to our mission. Without them, our work would not be possible. Together, we are proving that Let’s Talk Science can be counted on to build and support an innovative team of talented and diverse staff, volunteers, educators and partners who share the common purpose of developing all Canadian youth and nurturing a scientifically literate society.

Hilary Foulkes

 

Hilary Foulkes, P.Geo
Board Chair

Bonnie Schmidt

 

Bonnie Schmidt, CM, PhD, FRSC
President and Founder

2019-2020 Board Members

  • Hilary Foulkes, Chair
  • Linda Thomas, Vice Chair
  • Michele Noble, Secretary
  • Warren Granger, Treasurer
  • Bruce Archibald, Director
  • Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, Director
  • Randy Frank, Director
  • Jonathan Kochis, Director
  • Leann Sweeney, Director
  • Janice Williams, Director