UWinnipeg Let’s Talk Science gets national recognition

UWinnipeg Let’s Talk Science Coordinator Michelle Trudel with her award at this year’s Let’s Talk Science National Volunteer Awards.

The University of Winnipeg’s Let’s Talk Science team has been nationally recognized for its science outreach work in Manitoba and across the country.

At the Let’s Talk Science National Volunteer Awards earlier this month, UWinnipeg site coordinator Michelle Trudel received The David Colcleugh Leadership Award for her exceptional leadership and ability to inspire others to create positive change through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach.

According to the Let’s Talk Science announcement: “Under Michelle’s tutelage, the Let’s Talk Science UWinnipeg Chapter’s outreach to Indigenous communities has grown by 700 per cent (…) Michelle has also been the main contact in developing a new outreach program at the NEEDS Centre, improving science outreach to immigrant and refugee high school students in inner city Winnipeg.”

Student Erica Mitchell also received an honorable mention for the Volunteer of the Year Award and the UWinnipeg program received an honorable mention for the Indigenous Outreach Award.

Let’s Talk Science is now in its 20th year at UWinnipeg — a milestone the program is celebrating by doubling down on its efforts. Since September 1, 2017, they have reached over 15,500 youth, facilitated over 500 workshops and visited 22 different communities. This was made possible through the work of approximately 83 UWinnipeg volunteers.

For more information on Let’s Talk Science visit letstalkscience.ca. UWinnipeg students interested in volunteering with Let’s Talk Science can send an email to letstalkscienceuw@gmail.com.

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