Skip to main content

Susie Taylor

Program Support Coordinator
Outreach for Let's Talk Science
Susie Taylor | Susie Taylor, coordonnatrice du soutien aux programmes, sensibilisation pour Parlons sciences.
Susie Taylor | Susie Taylor, coordonnatrice du soutien aux programmes, sensibilisation pour Parlons sciences.
Location Now
Education Pathway
School Subject

Susie Taylor is a Program Support Coordinator at Outreach for Let's Talk Science.

About me

I was born/grew up in: St.Thomas Ontario, Canada

I now live in: London, Ontario, Canada

I completed my training/education at: After high school I went to McMaster University in Hamilton for a degree in Biology and Mathematics. After a year off travelling and working, I went to Laurentian University in Sudbury for my graduate diploma in Science Communication

What I do at work

Each single day at work I can find myself doing very different things. This is what keeps it exciting! Throughout the year, I'm always communicating with our outreach volunteers. These volunteers are working with educators to go into classrooms or host events to get kids excited about science, tech, engineering, and math.

My role can range from helping them rent a car to brainstorming ideas for an activity on energy for a Grade 5 class. I try and help our volunteers to feel as prepared as possible. I do this by creating instructions for our workshops, and guides on how to run special projects (such as an on-campus event). When volunteers are doing new projects, I write a news story for our website. This lets people know about the exciting things we've been up to. Having a background in the sciences helps with this a lot - I need to understand the activities our volunteers are doing in order to support them.

I also work on tracking our outreach statistics. This includes how many volunteers we have each year and how many activities they've done. I also track how many kids they have reached out to as well as a lot of other details. All of the information we gather is important to understanding how we're doing each year. The information also helps us to see where we can improve. Whenever I pull a report to gather these numbers, I need to be able to take a critical look at the numbers in case something has gone wrong. My background in mathematics is a huge help with this one! Often times there is a number that is way higher than it should be or something is added by accident. So I need to be able to think through what other numbers are being affected by this and what needs to be done to fix it. I also get to work with many different coworkers and partners.

My career path is

All through high school and my undergrad at university, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I always kept making my decisions in academics based on what I enjoyed. In university I really liked the math courses and the environmental biology classes, so I did the Biology and Math program. It made the most sense to do what I would most enjoy spending my time on.

When I finished my undergrad, I still didn't know what I wanted to do, aside from wanting to make a difference and help people. So my friend and I went on a road trip across Canada. We spent a lot of time talking to people about "making change". We found some people who have been working to help others and spoke to them. We even made a low-budget movie about our trip! From that adventure, I realized that along with enjoying science and helping others, I also enjoyed writing and making videos. So I enrolled in a Science Communications program. There I learned countless skills that prepared me for working in my current field. I started working with Let's Talk Science shortly after graduating.

I am motivated by

I think the people I meet are the biggest motivators for me. Seeing kids get excited doing an activity, or finally having success after working very hard to finish a challenge never gets old. Meeting the volunteers who go out and do outreach is also a highlight for me. Our volunteers have come from a variety of backgrounds and pathways. But they come together with a shared passion for science and outreach with youth. Talking with them about their ideas for their volunteering and activity plans amazes me. They have a lot of creativity and drive.

How I affect people’s lives

I like my job because I am helping people in a way that is important to me. By giving our volunteers the tools they need to go and do outreach, I am helping to reach kids and teens. All our volunteers have strong passion for what they do. So making it easy for them to share their passion is critical so that kids can see the importance and excitement that science, tech, engineering and math can bring to their lives.

Outside of work I

In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends and family, eat good food, play soccer, watch TV, and do yoga. I volunteer a few places, including with Let's Talk Science, and running a girls youth group to help young teens gain confidence and have a positive self-image.

My advice to others

Follow your passions and get involved - you can volunteer and see what you think of it before going into the career.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Drama
  • Foreign languages
  • Literature and English language arts
  • Math
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Enjoyed doing things on my own
  • Liked helping people
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked reading
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
  • Liked to take things apart to see how they worked

Explore Career Profiles

  • Dr. Harpreet Kochhar at standup computer station in his office.

    Dr. Harpreet Kochhar

    President

    I am the head of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
  • Isabel Hilgendag in the fileld collecting samples in the Arctic

    Isabel Hilgendag

    MSc Student (Biology)

    I look for heavy metals, such as mercury, in Arctic marine animals, to ensure they are safe to eat.
  • Manpreet Kaur in her lab

    Manpreet Kaur (She/Her)

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    I work on research projects to discover drugs to treat infectious diseases.
  • Ryan Mitchell headshot

    Ryan Mitchell

    Hatchery Supervisor

    My job is to supervise the daily workflow at our salmon hatchery.
  • Daryl Lawes in front of one of Seaspan’s many tugboats supporting marine transportation.

    Daryl Lawes

    Environment Manager

    I am responsible for all aspects of environmental protection, performance, and regulatory compliance for Seaspan Shipyards.
  • Corie HOuldsworth headshot

    Corie Houldsworth

    Inspector

    I perform inspections of worksites where radiation is used, stored or transported.
  • Terra MacDonald at aquaculture site holding farmed salmon.

    Terra MacDonald (she/her)

    Veterinarian and Fish Health Manager

    As the veterinarian for Mowi Canada West, I care for the salmon at all life stages, from egg to harvest.
  • Isha Berry Headshot

    Isha Berry

    Epidemiologist

    I look for patterns in disease outbreaks and health outcomes in populations across the world.
  • Clair Poulin hiking near wetland area

    Claire Poulin

    Zebrafish Researcher/Pre-Med Student

    I am researching how Zebrafish respond to lower oxygen levels in their environment.
  • Jasmin Chahal headshot

    Jasmin Chahal

    Assistant Professor

    I teach in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University.
  • Lynn Henderson with German Sheppard dog

    Lynn Henderson (she/her)

    Veterinarian, Clinician, and College Professor

    I am a small animal veterinarian serving animal health in a variety of capacities.
  • Anastasiia Prysyazhnyuk headshot

    Anastasiia Prysyazhnyuk

    Science and Innovation Lead, Health Beyond Initiative

    I explore ways in which science and technology can provide solutions to healthcare problems in space and on Earth.
  • Hayleigh Conway laying on map of NWT and pointing to Inuvik on the map. Taken on GIS Day 2017.

    Hayleigh Conway (she/her)

    Geomatics Technician

    I make maps that help answer questions about the health of the environment in the Western Arctic.
  • Megan Katz headshot

    Megan Katz

    Prosthetic Technician

    Megan is a prosthetic technician who makes and repairs artificial limbs.
  • Dr. Jackie Dawson doing field research on Beechy Island, Nunavut.

    Jackie Dawson (she/her/they)

    Professor and Canada Research Chair

    I work with large teams of academics, Inuit knowledge holders, and decision makers to understand the risks and solutions to environmental change.
  • Katie Harris essayant une combinaison spatiale de simulation au Centre européen des astronautes.

    Katie Harris (she/her)

    Medical Student/Prospective Aerospace Medicine Specialist

    I am working towards a career as an aerospace medicine specialist - a doctor who works with astronauts and keeps them healthy for long missions!
  • Chris Derksen en train de faire ses recherches sur le terrain en Arctique.

    Chris Derksen (he/his)

    Climate Scientist

    I use satellite data and climate models to understand how climate change is impacting snow and ice across Canada.
  • Shari Forbes à l'extérieur du centre de décomposition humaine

    Shari Forbes (she/her/elle)

    Forensic Scientist

    I conduct research to understand how the human body decomposes in our unique Canadian environment.
  • Viviana Ramirez-Luna dehors en hiver

    Viviana Ramirez-Luna (she/her)

    Environmental Entrepreneur

    I founded (and run) a consulting company to help businesses, communities, and organizations reduce the waste they produce
  • Andrew Brereton travaillant à l'ordinateur

    Andrew E. Brereton

    Computational Scientist

    I write code that teaches computers how to design new drugs.