I have always believed in giving back to the community in some way. When I was 17, I volunteered at an orphanage near home teaching Math and Science to kids of all ages. This led me to researching and employing teaching techniques that help to engage kids, specifically in science. I was also (around this time) a part of a group community outreach project where we visited a poor village community and collected data (by conducting interviews) about the specific needs of the men and women in the community. These needs ranged from building proper sanitation infrastructure to setting up training for small business ventures for the women.
After moving to Canada, I volunteered for organizations like Lets talk Science and the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)’s ms infinity program. For the latter, I was a committee member as well as volunteer and helped to setup, organize and run interesting and fun science workshops for kids of all ages from different demographics, helping out at science camps (in partnership with other organizations like girl guides of Canada) etc. As a committee member of ms infinity I also worked towards developing policies and programs to encourage high school girls in British Columbia to pursue careers in Science and Technology beyond high school. As a role-model in this program, I have conducted workshops in different parts of BC, promoted science and math education to school children and adults at various events and in collaboration with CEDAR conducted 2 science workshops for Aboriginal youth during their summer camp program at UBC. For my work in reaching out to more than 300 students across BC, in 2011, SCWIST awarded me the RISING STAR award.
For 2 years I was a member of the Brain Awareness Week at UBC. I was one of the organizers for the 2010 and 2011 Vancouver Brain Bee, was in the question setting committee and maintained the website.
Currently, I am a member of InCOGnu and manage their website. I hope to play a more active role in their community based activities with time (and hopefully, improved language skills).