I believe strongly in supporting the community in which I live. I encourage my colleagues and trainees to support community initiatives as well. Examples include our unflagging support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (BC & Yukon) in whatever way we can. Notably my lab participates each year in the “Big Bike for Stroke” and I often serve as a Spokesperson for the Foundation giving talks and responding to media requests whenever I can. I also was a strong supporter of the early Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion events in Victoria. I also provide ongoing support of K-12 education and community through classroom visits and hosting visits to my lab at UVic.

My efforts at community engagement are well captured in the successful Café Scientifique program started back in 2008. These informal seminars are hosted by the Centre for Biomedical Research. They allow for insight into health-related issues and general science topics of popular interest to the general public. They are great opportunities for the public to meet local researchers and discuss some of the most interesting biomedcial research underway.