Nicole Helwig joined Memorial as founding manager, Centre for Social Enterprise, in 2016. Nicole has a background in non-profits and social enterprise. Born and raised in St. John’s, NL, she returned to the province in 2014 after more than a decade of international work and study. Her experiences include working with social enterprises and NGOs in Southeast Asia; volunteering on the board of a Hungarian foundation; living the start-up experience with an e-business in Central Europe; and working in the arts non-profit sector in Canada. Nicole holds a bachelor of arts from McGill University (humanistic studies program), a classical ballet pedagogue diploma from the Hungarian Dance Academy, Budapest, and a master of business administration from the University of Strathclyde (Malaysia International Centre).
Social Change Educator
Katie began her studies at Memorial in 2007 and hasn’t left! After graduating in 2011 with a bachelor of music and again in 2013 with a bachelor of music education, she then pursued a career with Memorial, first with the Office of Student Recruitment and then with the Department of Student Life, where she co-ordinated Memorial’s leadership programs and was the lead on orientation (AKA Welcome Week) programming for two years. Katie is currently completing a master’s degree in educational leadership with Memorial’s Faculty of Education. Aside from her work at Memorial, Katie is involved with the local Suzuki Training and Education Program and currently serves on the board of directors of NONIA. When not working or studying, Katie can be found knitting and is rarely without a work-in-progress on hand!
Work Term Student
Justin Lopinski is a work term student for the Centre for Social Enterprise for the summer 2017 semester and is currently working to complete a joint degree in business and political science. Justin provides logistical and organizational support to on-campus and off-campus events of the centre, develops content for the website and other media, and assists with the implementation of the Centre’s marketing and communications strategy. In the past, Justin has completed work term placements with community partner of the Centre for Social Enterprise, Stella’s Circle. Justin is also a current member of the 2017-2018 MUNSU board of directors where he was elected as a business representative. Post graduation, Justin is looking to pursue a career in regional economic development.
Work Term Student
Sarah Croft is a work term student for the Centre for Social Enterprise for the Winter 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters and is currently working towards a business major and psychology minor. Sarah has been working to help provide organizational support to the centre’s on-campus and off-campus events. She also develops content for the website and other media, while assisting with the centre’s marketing and communications strategy. Post graduation, Sarah is looking to pursue a career in Human Resources.