Event: ResolveIT Conference
Student: Becky Winsor
Event Date: March 7-11, 2007
ResolveIT is a conference that has been held annually for the
past seven years. The goals of the conference are conflict
resolution & peace building. Through key note speakers,
training sessions and other workshops, a group of 500 youth were
taught how to build peace in their communities.
Becky did training in Cross Cultural Conflict Mediation, which is one of 6 modules that YOUCAN offers. She was trained by youth, in a diverse group with a broad age range. The interactive activities included peace building principles, self awareness, elements of culture, components of conflict, and much more. The training was very interactive and involved a lot of group work.
Becky also attended workshops on HIV/AIDS and L.O.V.E, which is an acronym for Leave Out Violence Everywhere. The HIV/AIDS session was lead by three youth from Children’s AIDS Health Program. Shamin Mohamed Jr. founded this organization when he was 15 years old. He really inspired Becky with his message that youth really can make a huge impact in the world today. She have always had an interest in making a difference in stopping the spread of the virus and after participating in this workshop she is hoping to start up a chapter at Memorial. In the L.O.V.E session, students talked about what was good in their neighborhood and what they would like to see done to change any problems that were happening there. They also learned about the many youth services that L.O.V.E provides.
Event: CAHPERD Student Leadership Conference
Student: Terri-Lynn Scott
Event Date: September 27 – October 1, 2006
The event was a jam-packed 5 days on the Tim Horton’s Camp on Onondaga Farms in St. George, Ontario . It involved many motivational speakers talking about leadership as well as many activities involving the use of our leadership abilities. There were students from all across and two from the who are all studying in the Human Kinetics and Recreation field. Terri-Lynn learned many things about leadership as well as about herself. She has made connections which will last a life time and help her through the thick and thin.
Students: Julie Hedderson, Danielle DuChene, Angela Wareham,
Zoiey Cobb, Trevor Hickey, Allison Tucker
Event Date: January 25-28, 2006
Withinsight seeks to open up channels of communication between
the current leaders of , and youth who are leaders in their communities and academic institutions. Through the interaction of these two groups, an active exchange of ideas and experiences takes place. Delegates will thus become inspired to assume an active role in the ongoing debates surrounding prominent Canadian issues, and encouraged to exert their own influence by way of the creation of a position paper, the result of discussions at the conference. This desire to be involved and make an impact will likely carry on to the future endeavors of Withinsight delegates.
The conference began with a banquet
at the Chateau Laurier which was a wonderful time to meet people.
There were guest speakers and addresses from all members of the
withinsight executive. This banquet was fabulous and would set the
tone for the rest of the conference.
Each day they followed a detailed itinerary that was given to them upon arrival. They had approximately 4 speakers a day and a question period following each. Each day they were put in different groups with different people. In this group they were given one hour or more after business day to have a brainstorming session. The brainstorming sessions were designed to allow all delegates to comment and answer questions regarding all of the speakers and their views. Each day there would be a theme. For example, the first day the theme was energy and the environment. The Withinsight executive recorded our notes and these notes were eventually used to write policy that would formulate our report to go to the Privy Council.
diversity of our group was overwhelming and added to the enriching
experience. There were 150 delegates at the conference. Students
from 32 different universities and 47 disciples! It was an
incredible mix of people. It was absolutely amazing how all the
students meshed together to form an effective team to change their
Most of the speakers presented at the Chateau Laurier and one day students went to the West Block of the Parliment Building for a day of sessions. They also toured the Parliment building and the newly established National War Museum.
Julie was selected as one of 14 students out of 150 who were asked to help select policy and present it at the final banquet/presentation. She was very outgoing during all sessions and social events during the conference and was picked based on my knowledgeable comments, social behavior and well-spoken, well-educated questions. The policy came from the notes that were taken during brainstorming sessions. Julie and 13 others met for consecutive hours working to get the main points of the notes and formulating them into a powerful policy report. She was designated to compile policy regarding "brain drain", a topic that was presented by a Queens University professor and discussed by all delegates.
Students also had the opportunity to skate on the Ottawa canal, have many socialable lunches and dinners, see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at the Nations Arts Center and also walk around the city on their free time.
Event: Canadian Exploration Geophysics Society (KEGS) Conference
Student: John Scaplen
Event Date: March 2005
Geophysics - what exactly is it all about? Well, it is about making use of different technologies to discover what is underneath the ground without having to go through the digging process. This is very useful in both the mineral and oil industries because it aids in the detection of mineral and oil deposits beneath the earth’s surface.
Recently, three geophysics undergraduate students from Memorial, John Scaplen, Julie Smith, and Aditya Pattanaik, were awarded scholarships from the Canadian Exploration Geophysics Society (KEGS). Only seven students from across Canada were awarded this scholarship, which was based on last year’s academic performance. All three students from Memorial flew to Toronto to accept their scholarships and attend an annual conference.
John Scaplen is in his fourth year at Memorial and is graduating at the end of this semester. This was his first time attending the KEGS conference and it allowed him the opportunity to gain an advantageous insight into the workings of the geophysical industry and to meet with key networking contacts. This was a small scale conference with about 100 people attending. John said it involved “a full day of seminars including information on cutting edge topics, like unique new technologies and theories”.
While in Toronto, John also attended the Prospectors and Developers Annual Convention (PDAC). This international conference was of a much larger scale with approximately 10,000 registrants. It partially consisted of investors selling stock, businesses seeking future employees, as well as companies selling products and services such as, mining equipment and geophysical contractors. There were also many exceptional displays and demonstrations - some of which included gold bars, diamonds, and even an actual drilling rig. John states that “students can learn a lot from this conference, but it is really designed for professionals in the industry”. John’s biggest impression of this conference was the overall size. He said “it was overwhelming to realize just how big the industry really is and how well it is doing”. During this visit, John discovered that jobs in the geophysical industry are plentiful this season.
Out of the seven scholarships awarded by KEGS this year, four went to members of the Memorial community. John believes this could be because of the high respectability of the Memorial geophysics program. He says “the program here at Memorial is well designed and evolved relative to some other universities”. He also says that “a lot of other universities simply do not have a geophysics program”.
John has not only attended Memorial full time for the past four years, but has also held part time jobs, and volunteered with St. John Ambulance. In addition to the KEGS scholarship, John has also received the Hugh-Lilly scholarship for his academics in geophysics. John is open to any new opportunities that come his way and has already accepted a six month contract job with Talisman energy in Calgary following his graduation. Attending the KEGS and PDAC conferences opened John’s eyes to just how large the geophysical industry really is.
Written By: Leanne Bastow
Event: Free the Children University Chapter Conference
Organization: MUN Student Volunteer Bureau
Event Date: February 3-7, 2005
This year marked the first ever Free the Children University Chapter Conference, held at Mount Allison University. This conference focused on integrating leadership development, peace building and conflict resolution initiatives into university life, all while addressing students about the issues that would help them be better advocates for children, and be better global citizens. Jeff Collins and Holly White, students from the Student Volunteer Bureau, were the MUN representatives at the conference. The conference was filled with guest speakers and forums where they discussed various matters affecting children around the world like hunger, child labour, sexual exploitation and war. When they returned to Memorial, they brought back a wealth of knowledge on several of the issues and topics from the conference as well as several promotional and information materials. As they promoted the knowledge, other students at Memorial were motivated to become more involved in children’s rights-a definite positive for awareness of this important global issue.
Event: Atlantic Canadian Environmental Visioning Conference
Organization: MUN Project Green
Event Date: May 17-19, 2005
The primary goal of this conference was to help small groups, such as MUN Project Green, fundraise effectively and to provide networking opportunities with other environmental groups from Atlantic Canada. Katie Temple was the representative for MUN Project Green at the conference, which was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia . This conference taught Katie the skills and abilities needed to fortify MUN Project Green. It was also an excellent opportunity for meeting and learning from other environmentalists in Atlantic Canada. This conference has undoubtedly helped MUN Project Green generate a stronger presence to take action and protect the environment, demonstrating MUN doing its part in green matters.