Have You Met...Tracey Giroux?

Meet Tracey, Peace Officer with the University of Alberta Protective Services and member of the community assistance team.


Have you met Tracey Giroux, Peace Officer with the University of Alberta Protective Services and member of the community assistance team? Spend a few minutes getting to know her better.

What is your first U of A memory?

On my first day with the University of Alberta Protective Services I was overwhelmed with the size and complexity of campus. As time went by I have grown to embrace this community and its diversity and have made some great friendships.

What’s something your coworkers don’t know about you?

We spend a lot of time together, so there isn’t much my coworkers don’t know about me. 

What’s your favourite distraction?

I’ve been golfing a lot lately and I’ve also taken up paddle boarding.

If you were enrolling in one course, program or degree right now, what would it be?

I am passionate about helping people, so I would choose to do a Bachelor of Social Work. 

What’s a weird pet peeve you have?

I would say when someone drives without using turn signals.

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

I would invite Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan and Johnny Cash. I would choose Elvis because he is considered the king of rock n' roll and that is one of the most important genres of music in history. I would choose Ronald Reagan because he has been and will forever be my favorite president. And lastly, I would choose Johnny Cash because well, simply because he is Johnny Cash. I love his story and the background he came from is very interesting.

If you could see any live performance tomorrow, what would it be?

I was thinking about The Doors, or Jimi Hendrix but then I realized that I would have definitely liked to have attended the Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985, mainly to see Queen. I love Queen and I especially love Freddie Mercury's amazing performance. He was in top form, and whenever I watch it I wish I could have been there. 

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Don’t stress about the things you can’t control and don’t worry about what other people think.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Post-it notes. I’m such an old fashioned pen and paper kinda gal. I still use notepads and daily planners for all my work. I’ve tried online programs but just can’t get into them. I have post-it notes all over my house. Some have passwords on them (shhhh) others have affirmations but I definitely will not go to the grocery store without a list written on, you guessed it, my post-it note. 

What three words describe your U of A experience?

Opportunity. Diversity. Memorable.

About Tracey

Tracey Giroux is a 13-year member of the University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) and a member of the Community Assistance Team (CAT). The CAT is a collaborative project to provide a person-centered and trauma-informed response to support vulnerable members of the university community by partnering with community service and outreach agencies.