Have You Met… Carol Nahorniak?

Have you met Carol, administrator for the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre? Spend the next few minutes getting to know her a little…

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Have you met Carol, administrator for the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre? Spend the next few minutes getting to know her a little better.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Along Saskatchewan Drive, just across from HUB Mall and the Biological Sciences building. You’re at the edge of campus, but you’re also part of it still. It’s a place where I gather a lot of inspiration and thoughts.

Tablet or paper?

I use both, but more paper.

Name one thing you’ve brought to work from home.

Well, I always bring lots of food… but I’ve also brought in plants, fish tanks, and some art. I work long hours, so it’s nice to have a good environment.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Definitely food. I’m a food person: cooking, preparing… I always look forward to a good lunch.

If you won airfare to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Japan. I’ve been there many times — my husband is originally from Japan — but I still love it every time I go.

You can invite anyone — alive or dead, real or fictional — to dinner. Who would it be?

I’d like to connect with paternal grandfather. He died when he was very young, so I never got to meet him. He was a pioneer in Alberta, and it would be so interesting to hear his thoughts.

If you could switch jobs with someone else on campus for a week, what would you do?

I don’t have a particular job in mind… but I have a keen interest in arts and music, so I think I’d like to be immersed in one of the music programs for a week.

What does “uplifting the whole people” mean to you?

To me, uplifting means learning — being inspired by discovery. But on a personal level, uplifting has also come from the people I’ve met. I’ve been fortunate to work with people from all over the world, and I’ve changed through those interactions.

If you could solve any problem in the world, what would it be?

I think I would empower people with the basic rights of human beings… food, safety, health, and so forth.

What 3 words best describe your U of A experience?

Open-mindedness. Learning. And opportunities or challenges.

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Carol Nahorniak is the administrator for the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. She manages the Centre’s operations, business and overall community engagement. Carol holds a BSc from the University of Alberta, and previously worked in the Department of Biological Sciences in basic research. Her passions in life are enjoying the outdoors through gardening and running, cooking, keeping many pets (including a Sulcata tortoise), reading and music, maintaining her Ukrainian heritage, and spending time with her husband. The U of A is her home away from home.