VOLUNTEER PORTFOLIO
Exhibit A - Father Vjeko Centre Rwanda
Children in Kivumu

Children in Kivumu

Kivumu, Rwanda

Kivumu, Rwanda

Main Street!

Main Street!

Students from the school building a

Students from the school building a

Jean Paul teaching his class.

Jean Paul teaching his class.

Villagers at a rock quarry.

Villagers at a rock quarry.

Giraffes at Akagara National Park

Giraffes at Akagara National Park

Bricklaying students from the school

Bricklaying students from the school

Over the summers of 2009 and 2011, I spent 4 months volunteering at a technical school in a rural village in Rwanda. During that time I provided basic computer training to the teachers at the school, and simple english lessons to the students. I also created a series of short videos about the school and other projects in the village, which were used to fundraise and generate interest. Also, as a part of the Olds High Interact Club, I helped fundraise to sponsor a carpentry teacher from the school to come study at Olds College for a term to improve his knowledge and teaching skills.

One of the projects I was involved in was fundraising to bring an instructor from the school to Olds College to study carpentry.

While in Rwanda, I made a series of short video about people from the community impacted by the work of the Father Vjeko Centre.

Exhibit B - Olds Interact Club

As a founding member of the Olds High School Interact Club, I was involved between 2009-2012 in a variety of community and international projects. I also held several executive positions in the club, including treasurer and co-president. One of the projects we took on through the club was fundraising to bring a teacher (Jean Paul) from the Father Vjeko Centre in Rwanda to Olds College to continue carpentry training and improve his teaching skills. We also supported Jean Paul during his time in Canada, and helped him get around the community and make some new experiences. Another project I was involved in was fundraising to bring Amanda Lindhout to present at the high school and Olds community, where she discussed her experiences as a journalist captured and held hostage in Somalia, and lessons of resiliency. We also assisted the Olds Rotary Club with fundraising and community events on a regular basis.

Exhibit C - Alberta Paleontological Society 

Between 2005 and 2012, I was an active member of the Alberta Paleontological Society and in addition to attending regular lectures and events, I was involved in several volunteer projects being completed for the Royal Tyrell Museum. Every year, the APS holds several microfossil sorting sessions, where volunteers from the club use microscopes to separate fossils from matrix and identify them, the results are used for studying and understanding past paleo-environments.

Exhibit D - Volunteer Field Technician

Over the past few years, I have made two separate trips to the Aula Global Ecological Reserve in Costa Rica, where I volunteered as a field technician to assist with wildlife monitoring on the reserve. Responsibilities included making and monitoring track pads on game trails, identifying prints, markings and other signs of animals across the reserve, and setting camera traps. The goal of the research was to better understand the large mammal population on the property, and to see specifically what large cat species are present. We were able to identify a number of cats, including ocelot, jaguarundi and puma.

In additional to my role as a field technician, I shot and edited a marketing video for the reserve, viewable to the left of this paragraph.