New president reconnects by volunteering.
I have a confession. I wasn’t supposed to be on the alumni board of directors. When the alumni association first asked me to join the board, I turned them down. After some encouragement from my partner Karl, I called back and accepted. After all, I wanted to start volunteering again and was thinking I should get involved in the community. This, on second thought, could be the perfect opportunity.
Looking back, I was not really involved in the university community when I was attending classes. As a student, my work-load was significant with intense classes and labs. I had moved from Saskatchewan to Victoria in 1994 for the Earth and Ocean Sciences program at UVic, after doing a biology degree at the University of Regina.
Moving to Victoria was an adventure since I only knew one person here, my great-aunt, and I had not seen her for years. She is now a great friend. I eventually settled into my new city and new school and enjoyed (most of) my classes at UVic. Also, two of my best friends are women I met while attending UVic.
UVic really shaped my life as it is now. One of my UVic friends got me a lead on my first job in my field. It was at the Geological Survey of Canada in Sidney.
I still work in my field, as a marine geologist, for a small hi-tech company in Saanichton. Part of my job involves travelling to train users of our seabed mapping software. There are places I have seen which I may have never seen on my own. I also met my partner at Quester Tangent and as I mentioned, I would not be here without his support.
Since joining the alumni board and getting reacquainted with the University of Victoria community, I’ve met a lot of fantastic people. I have never regretted my decision and now, as president, I’m more excited than ever about being involved with UVic alumni.
I hope to make our younger alumni more aware of the alumni association and how they can benefit from the great programs the association offers.
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