Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. - Robert Frost
I believe that one’s humanitarian
responsibility, regardless of profession or position, is to make the community
in which one lives and works a better place.
I have therefore committed myself to serving the university, my faculty,
and community in positive ways. My
commitment to service can be seen in the variety of activities in which I have
been engaged while a faculty member at UOIT.
My involvement with the university and its profile in the community can be seen through my participation in outreach programs, including UOIT Open Houses, at the Ontario Universities Fair, and in outreach to schools in the Durham Region. I am also actively engaged in the internal functions of the university, as I represent the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities on UOIT’s Academic Council. I have also served as an interviewee and/or presenter for university activities, such as being featured on the UOIT Teaching and Learning website, which is used for recruitment and retention purposes.
I have demonstrated perfect attendance at Faculty Council and Faculty meetings and retreats in the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Social Science and Humanities for three years. I show my commitment to my faculty and colleagues by attending faculty-sponsored events, such as welcome sessions for students and faculty, community events, and job talks. I reliably attend student events sponsored by the faculty such as the student awards banquet, sessions to recognize student athletes, and by serving as an interviewee or advisor to students.
As a professional, I wish to use my skills and personal relationships to make my community a more enjoyable, safe, and friendly place to live. I volunteer regularly at the R H Cornish Public School in Port Perry. One of my favourite activities that I organized was a Mardi Gras celebration in February for the past three years. I brought photographs and stories about my brother, a resident of New Orleans, and how he is working to rebuild the city following Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to serving to the children in my community, I seek to share my research and skills with adults. I engage in volunteer speaking sessions whenever possible, including Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, and the Federated Women's Institute.
A select list of my service activities are available in my CV.