Coordinator of Leadership Programs
Sector: Business, Management, and Administration
Type: Career Profile
Earth Science, Space Science, Geography
Everyday, I get to interact and connect with some amazing students. These students often share their success stories with me and tell me how they are leaders in their own communities. For example, some of the students have shared with me their involvement with the #MeToo movement and their activism to promote healthy relationships and communities. Hearing these stories motivates me and encourages me to continue to create and seek opportunities for these students to sharpen their leadership skills so they are able to become champions for their community.
Growing up, I always had an interest in solving problems and doing investigation. When I first discovered that becoming a forensic scientist was an option, it seemed like a job where I could pursue my interests. At UOIT, the forensic science program was very hands on and it allowed me to see science as it took place. I was surprised by all the preparation that was needed to get ready to process a crime scene. Investigating a crime scene is a very complicated process. No one ever talks about the non-fun stuff that you see in forensic shows!
While I was a student, I lived in residence. During the end of my first year in university, one of my resident advisors (RA) approached me and they encouraged me to apply to be an RA for the following year. The RA explained to me that the role involved a lot of teamwork with other RA’s and working with students. I was also interested in the role because it would provide me with an opportunity to practice my investigation skills. It also allowed me to use my forensic knowledge when incidents took place and I had to figure what happened from the students. I decided to apply because it sounded like a great opportunity and it would provide with an experience that was outside the classroom and the lab. I got the position and continued to be a RA for a number of years.
After working as RA, I realized I wanted to continue working with students. But I also knew I wanted to continue using my forensic skills that I developed including my investigation skills and my understanding of the law and policies. I was lucky to find a career in Student Affairs where I could apply my passion for empowering and connecting with students while being able to use the skills from undergraduate degree.
Having a science degree is much more than being the lab technician and mixing chemicals. You learn so many great skills and you can apply them in other places other than a lab. From my science education, I learned to pay attention to small details, how to mange my time better, and some great analytical skills. I use these skills everyday even though I don’t work in a lab.
It’s also never too late change your mind and do something different from what you studied in your formal education. There might be unexpected opportunities that come your way so be open to them and go for it!
I love being active and being involved in sports including biking, skating and going to the gym. I also really enjoy going to the beach and being part of lip sync competitions. I like learning about fun facts, genetics, outer space and being a plant parent.
I work very closely with post-secondary students to create opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills or seek opportunities for them to apply their current leadership skills. I focus on the learning that takes place outside of the classroom and how I can support students to learn, grown and develop life skills so they will be ready in their own careers. When I’m creating leadership programs, I also have to develop ways to assess the success of my programs and how I can present the data I collect. I work with lots of students and the amount of information I receive can be quite overwhelming. I’m very lucky that in my science degree, I learned how to handle big amounts of data. My science program taught me how to analyze information so I am able to draw conclusions that help me evaluate the program and how I can improve it.
I was born/grew up in: I was born in Burlington, Ontario but I have lived in Oshawa, Guelph, Ottawa and Kelowna
I now live in: Toronto, Ontario
I completed my training/education at: I completed my Bachelor of Science where I majored in Forensic Science and minored in Biology and Psychology of Law at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. I then completed a postgraduate program at Humber College (Toronto, Ontario) in Clinical Research. I continued my education at Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC) where I received my Master’s of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership specializing in in System Thinking Leadership. My most recent education endeavor was at Algonquin College (Ottawa, ON) where I took a few courses in in Conflict Management.
When I was
- Physical Education / Health
- Brought people together
- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given specific instructions
- Liked reading