Meet the Team

Sheena
Team Lead and Community Social Worker
  • How do you keep on top of your game?

    In order to be on my game, I need at least eight hours of sleep a night. It took me a while to figure out that less than eight hours of sleep has a drastic impact on my performance and relationships. While I love staying up late to binge watch the latest Netflix show with my partner, I feel the effects the next day. Getting eight hours of sleep benefits my mental capacity, and helps me to make better choices in my exercise and eating routine which contributes to me feeling good.

  • What are your favourite hidden gems in Edmonton?
    I am not so sure that it is hidden, but the Laurier dog park is one of my favourite places to visit from April to November. I am sure it is beautiful in the winter too, but my dog Tobi refuses to go for walks once the cooler temperatures hit. I like the different trails through the trees, the multi-use paths, and the option to walk along the river’s shore line.
  • What is one hot tip you would give to students?
    Never forgot the value and worth that you have as an individual, and never forget this about others around you. All members of our campus community have unique talents and gifts that help make the University of Alberta what it is. While we all experience challenge and struggle form time-to-time, know that you matter and that you belong here. Upholding our self-worth and the worth of others adds to a caring campus and society.
  • Who would narrate your life and why?
    I would have to say Patrick Stewart. Aside from my childhood crushes on Captain Picard and Professor Xavier, I think that Patrick Stewart’s voice would bring a distinction to the narration of my life’s story that would make it more compelling and interesting.
  • Your mood booster?
    A long time ago I was introduced to Marcel the Shell and to this day his videos still bring a smile to my face. If you are unfamiliar with Marcel, check him out here.

Brianna
Community Social Worker

Heather
Community Social Worker

  • How do you keep on top of your game?
    The biggest thing is sleep! It took well over thirty years to figure out that going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time made a huge impact on my mental health and physical well-being. At university it's almost a norm to pull all-nighters, sleep until noon, or generally have scattered sleep patterns. Getting enough sleep can make a huge difference and it makes a much bigger impact in one's ability to manage stress, workloads, and simply the day-to-day than most people realize.
  • What are your favourite hidden gems in Edmonton?
    Sunbake Pita on the northside has the best shawarma in the city! Also Greenhouse has the best salads by far on campus, and Leva for their lattes and gelato.
  • What is one hot tip you would give to students?

    Finding balance is hard—I'm still trying! But, every aspect of your time on campus will be made easier if you include a number of strategies that help you to manage and balance your mental and physical well-being. Too much of one thing, like Netflix, can be just as detrimental as studying for too long, when getting adequate sleep and exercise, as well as connecting with others, can make a huge impact on your overall health.

  • Who would you narrate your life and why?
    I would love the combo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; such smart, funny and charismatic people would make my life seem pretty cool!
  • Your mood booster?
    Reading a good fantasy novel with a cup of tea, a blanket and my cat—the best!
  • How do you keep on top of your game?
    There are a few things that I find helpful. It starts with being honest with myself about how I am doing (usually the next step is to be gracious towards myself!). There are different pieces that I need in turn to have good mental, emotional, and physical health. This can include: good friends to laugh and cry with, adequate sleep, adventure and trying new things, creative outlets like drawing or writing, exercise, listening to Podcasts by people who inspire me, being in nature (especially water!), making food that helps my body feel good.
  • What are your favourite hidden gems in Edmonton?
    Borden Park for a great place to read a book or picnic under a tree. Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Deep Freeze Winter Festival, and the Flying Canoe are my favourite festivals. Café Bicyclette for their year-round patio with blankets and fire pits. I love The Bleeding Heart Art Gallery and Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts for workshops, exhibits and community presence.
  • What is one hot tip you would give to students?
    It’s my belief that we need each other in order to succeed and be our best self. With that in mind, get to know the people around you, and not just your cohort or friends. Find a way to meet new people - join a club of interest or volunteer for events around campus. Build a network that will help you not only enjoy your time at university but will give you experiences and connections to carry with you once you move on to the next phase of your life.
  • Who would narrate your life and why?
    Tina Fey for her perspective and humour; the idea of my life being narrated to others is a bit frightening and I think she would help me take myself less seriously. 
  • Your mood booster?
    Lifting heavy things and getting my heart pumping at the gym or from-the-gut-laughter with a friend.

Robyn
Community Social Worker

  • How do you keep on top of your game?

    For me, organization is key. I struggle with anxiety, so knowing what is coming up and being able to plan for it definitely sets me on the right path for success. Personally, I find making my own bullet journal to be more helpful than a premade day planner. I set aside some time on the weekend with my bullet journal to review the past week, and fill in the week to come. This allows me some space to acknowledge all that I’ve accomplished and reflect on why some things on my list may have gone unchecked. It also provides the opportunity to flex my creativity when preparing for the upcoming week and balance out my obligations with fun stuff and self care.

  • What are your favourite hidden gems in Edmonton?
    My favourite Edmonton gem is hidden in plain sight. The High Level Streetcar travels from just west of downtown to Old Strathcona (and back) atop the High Level Bridge. There is often a conductor on board who can provide a history of the streetcar in Edmonton and the commute offers spectacular views of the city. It is easily the best way to cross the river!
  • What is one hot tip you would give to students?
    Every experience provides an opportunity to learn. We tend to give so much of our attention to the things in our lives that don’t go according to plan and brush off the things that we have accomplished. Flip that around - it’s important to honour the positive things that happen and celebrate that you did that! And while things don’t always go our way, that is okay too. Acknowledge that something crappy happened and don’t let it weigh you down. Look at those experiences as opportunities to grow and move forward with new knowledge on to greater successes.
  • Who would narrate your life and why?
    Definitely Oprah Winfrey. I find her voice somehow both soothing and empowering. Oprah makes me feel like I could take on any challenge and be completely chill while doing it!
  • Your mood booster?
    I have a playlist of songs specifically chosen to boost my mood. It starts with The Power by Sweet Spirit, moves into a heavy rotation of Beyonce, then adds a dash of the Good Lovelies, Lizzo, and a lot of other happy-making tunes. Also, watching videos of a dog’s first try walking with snow booties on makes me laugh every single time.
Tiffany
Community Social Worker
  • How do you keep on top of your game?
    There isn’t a magic formula but with that said there are a few things that help me with keeping on top of my game. I have found that it’s not only about getting 8 hours of sleep but going to bed earlier rather than later that helps me to feel well rested. The next is engaging in some type of physical activity. I have to admit exercising consistently can be challenging yet I know when I go for a walk in the outdoors, jog on the treadmill, or do laps in the pool, I feel so much better both physically and mentally. It may seem like a small thing but making sure I eat something (nutritious) for breakfast – if I don’t have something to eat in the morning I feel like I have started my day on the wrong foot! Finally, it’s a combination of connecting with myself and others. Being mindful during the day as well as taking time to re-energize such as having a nap, reading a book/magazine or watching a TV show/movie are strategies for my self-care and help me to connect with my thoughts and emotions. It’s also important for me to interact with family members and friends that include having meaningful conversations, creating memories, and having fun together. 
  • What are your favourite hidden gems in Edmonton?

    I’m brand new to Edmonton. In fact I’m brand new to Alberta having lived in BC for most of my life. I’m excited to discover the different hidden gems in Etown and to begin crafting my own list of ‘favourites’.

    P.S. I’m taking suggestions on hidden gems!

  • What is one tip you would give to students?

    Take one day at a time. Even though it is necessary to keep the big picture in mind regarding the school year such as due dates for assignments, exams, and applications, it is the day to day approach that will help you get to the finish line i.e. the end of the semester. Make sure your day to day approach involves goals and tasks that are realistic and achievable.

    In Abraham Lincoln’s succinct words: ‘The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.’

  • Who would narrate your life and why?
    Mindy Kaling — First and foremost I think Mindy Kaling is hilarious! She is also a talented performer and a remarkable writer/producer/creator with a combination of wit, bravado, vulnerability, and a good measure of perceptivity.
  • Your mood booster?
    Pharrell Williams' "Happy" — we've all heard it but it has a timeless effect of making you smile when you hear this tune.