I grew up on the Gulf Islands and in Victoria BC, but I pursued my first post-secondary degree from the University of Ottawa in an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography (French Immersion). During the last two years I have worked with the Town of Banff as a Planning Analyst and with the National Capital Commission, a Crown Corporation in Ottawa, as Land Management Assistant in the Urban Lands and Parks Division. Earlier in my university studies I worked as a Page in the House of Commons, Parliamentary Guide at the Library of Parliament, and as a Student Mentor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Arts Mentoring Centre. This spring I completed an internship with HASTe BC (the Hub for Active School Travel) where I conducted a study on past successes of Bike to School Week. This study revealed that success of Bike to School Week in BC Schools is determined largely by the commitment of teachers, parents, and support staff who are instrumental in running the event at their school. I believe in helping youth foster good habits at a young age because positive behaviours tend to lead to positive habits later in life. I am an avid sewer and baker, and in my leisure time I enjoy photography, knitting, reading, and cycling. I also love geocaching because it is an excellent way to discover new places – both urban and rural. At SCARP I hope to learn how to incorporate my personal experiences with professional practice in order to create positive change in my career and my community.
Joseph Armand Bombardier Transportation Scholarship
SSHRC Graduate Award