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Spring Interns:

Meet Nathalia Ordonez

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Program: Food, Nutrition and Health

Why do you study what you study (career goals, interests, passions, etc.)?

I have always loved food and being in the kitchen.

What is your position at Think&EatGreen@School?

Career Development Intern

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Ambitious, Adaptable, Organized, Positive,

What is your favourite colour and why?

Purple, it just has always been my favourite colour.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

India, because of its diversity, culture and food.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

Carrots because they can be cooked in so many ways and incorporated into so many dishes.

Do you have any plans post-graduation?

I would love to work with children and raising awareness about where our food comes from and its nutrition.

What does food mean to you?

An essential part of our lives, what fuels us and brings us together. Food it is everything!

How have you changed over the course of your studies?

I have always be passionate about the health component of food and its nutritional importance. But ever since I moved to Vancouver I have realized that there is so many people who lack this information and don’t see the importance of food to them and the whole community. It has made me realize that I want to create awareness and educate people to hopefully bring back the love of food to everyone.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Cooking especially baking, swimming, photography, being outdoors, travelling

What are you most passionate about?

Cooking and learning

What is your most memorable experience related to your studies?

As part of a class project, teaching kindergarten students how to grow plants in eggshells.

Meet Misa Gillis

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Program: Global Resource Systems

Why do you study what you study (career goals, interests, passions, etc.)?

I’ve always had an interest in the community and nutritional aspects of health, and I would love to be able to apply a community based mindset to a future career in medicine.

What is your position at Think&EatGreen@School?

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Ambitious, personable, honest, curious, energetic

What is your favourite colour and why?

Red, because it’s bright and the colour of a really nice sunrise.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I would love to travel all through South America to experience the culture, nature, and improve my Spanish!

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

Japanese sweet potatoes, topped with peanut butter (trust me it’s delicious)

Do you have any plans post-graduation?

Med school! (Fingers crossed)

What does food mean to you?

For me, food is the basis of a healthy life, and a way to enjoy your surroundings and connect with others.

How have you changed over the course of your studies?

I’ve completely changed the course of my undergraduate degree in the past year. After starting out planning to study the health sciences, I’ve realized that there is so much more to health than pure biochemistry and physiology. I’m trying to really focus on my interests, and enjoy the journey of university.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I love being outdoors hiking, climbing, skiing. Cooking and reading are also a must when I can find the time!

What are you most passionate about?

Health and happiness (for myself and others)

What is your most memorable experience related to your studies?

Presenting a research project at a beautiful lodge at Loon Lake with 70 of my classmates.

Winter Interns:

Meet Jasmine Bal!

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Program: Applied Biology (Bsc.) Food and the Environment Major

Why do you study what you study (career goals, interests, passions, etc.)?

I started out in food, nutrition, and health but I changed my academic path after working at an educational farm and realizing the impact on one’s relationship with food once connected to the process of growing it. I am passionate about sharing my love of food, its role in culture, health, community, and the environment with those around me! I hope to translate this love of sustainable food into my future career by working as an educator in food literacy.

What is your position at Think&EatGreen@School?

I am the social media intern for TEGS and also am the communication liaison for six TEGS granted schools.

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Inspired, curious, positive, empathetic, and enthusiastic.

What is your favourite colour and why?

My favourite colour has always been green. Its relevance in my life is always changing but now it reminds me of the forests surrounding my home which gives me a sense of peace.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I would go to Kona to hike, bike wwoof and learn to surf. I am actually going to Kona in April to do all these things, needless to say I am over the moon excited!

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

Blueberries because my grandparents have a few acres of blueberry bushes that I grew up foraging in with my cousins and sisters. We would compete to see who could pick the most but I was always sabotaging my efforts by eating half of my rations!

Do you have any plans post-graduation?

I would like to continue my studies in education but I am also very keen on travelling and getting more experience working on farms. I plan on wwoofing and biking around Europe for the summer after I graduate.

What does food mean to you?

Food means energy and it is essential for all but further, food brings people together, and it is a social tool that our society has been built upon.

How have you changed over the course of your studies?

I have always been passionate about food and nutrition in the way it effected the body but through my studies my passions have evolved to how it effects the community and how to make a more food literate world. I have become much more self-aware and my studies have guided me to follow my own interests despite external pressures or expectations.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I am very involved with UBC Triathlon and I love biking as it allows you to see expansive land the views are very rewarding. I love to see new things – whether that be a local hike I have never done or travelling to a new place! I am a total foodie and enjoy trying new eateries and types of foods.

What are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about finding ways to evolve food literacy education so the consumers and growers of tomorrow will work towards a more sustainable food industry and with more awareness of how food effects our health, environment, and quality of life.

What is your most memorable experience related to your studies?

My most memorable experience was when I did a workshop on eggshell seeding in a grade five classroom. The excitement students had in the process of growing and in learning of soil types affirmed my aspiration to impact food literacy education

Meet Carla Hick!

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Program: Applied Biology, Food & Environment Major

Why do you study what you study (career goals, interests, passions, etc.)?

I love food and nature

What is your position at Think&EatGreen@School?

TEGS Liason for schools in my neighbourhood. I support the schools in achieving their food literacy goals. Part of the position is gathering resources for the teachers and providing workshops to the students of the schools!

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Eccentric gastronomer, farmer and traveller

What is your favourite colour and why?

Orange because it’s bright, warm and happy!

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Fiji for the vibrant blue green waters

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

Any cucurbit (squash and cucumbers) they are delicious, versatile, productive and I think the plant structure is neat, they provide ground cover or you can train them up and over structures.

Do you have any plans post-graduation?

Work for farmfolk cityfolk and move to the Okanagan

What does food mean to you?

Everything! Nutrients, life cycling, comfort, entertainment, artistic expression and a powerful force

How have you changed over the course of your studies?

I think more critically about information presented to me and I have more of systems and interdisciplinary approach to problems

What are your hobbies and interests?

Skiing, cooking, crafting, camping, hiking, yoga and of course food!

What are you most passionate about?

Food, relaxing and my husband.

What is your most memorable experience related to your studies?

Halloween, first year biology class when an ape and Charles Darwin stormed the classroom! HA! Biology and evolution is awesome.

Meet Emma Burger!

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Program: BSc. Food. Nutrition, and Health

 Why do you study what you study (career goals, interests, passions, etc.)?
The reason I chose to study food, nutrition, and health, is because I find the ability of food to nourish and heal the body fascinating … and, there is always something new to learn! During my studies, I have become increasingly aware and interested around the importance of food system sustainability, as well as increasing food literacy in the community. My career aspirations are to complete my post-baccalaureate degree in education, and teach students these important concepts, while decreasing societies disconnect between farm and plate.

 

 

What is your position at Think&EatGreen@School?

My position involves planning and assisting with TEGS events, as well as communication with schools involved with TEGS projects.

Describe yourself in 5 words:

Harmonious – Optimistic – Adaptable – Adventurous – Organized

What is your favourite colour and why?

My favourite colour is forest green, as I associate it with life and energy. It reminds me of spring time and the abundance of new growth that comes with.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Any of the islands that will soon be under water OR road trip across Canada!

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

I love kale because it is packed with vitamins/minerals and very weather tolerant!

Do you have any plans post-graduation?

Travel and work are in my plans post-graduation. I have had to put my travels on the back-burner during my studies, so I am very excited to continue my adventures. The locations are undecided, but I hope to WWOOF somewhere along the road. As for work, my aim is to get involved with an organization with similar visions as Think&EatGreen@School.

 

 

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