I grew up on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I currently reside in Windsor, Ontario on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which includes the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Learning about and acknowledging the Indigenous lands on which I live and work is important to me because I want to respect and honour the longstanding history of Indigenous Peoples as I seek to understand my place within that history.
Throughout my life, I have always had an affection for science and an appreciation for learning how the world works. While I have come to value inquiry, exploration, and experimentation, I did not always think that I could find my place in the world of science. In high school, I took science classes but also chose visual arts as my elective. I was at a crossroads before university began trying to decide whether to study science or art. Where would I fit best? In the end, I was accepted into my top choice of science program and was fortunate enough to have many female professors and mentors supporting me throughout my academic journey. After graduating from university, I learned about a field called Science Communication that bridged my passions for art and science. In 2021, I completed my Master of Science Communication at Laurentian University. Now, I am looking for ways to put my skills to the test!
Nurture vs. nature is one of the first scientific topics that piqued my interest. As a little girl adopted from China, I was curious to know what traits I'd inherited from my birth parents and what qualities I learned from my adoptive parents. My favourite question to ask is, "why?"
From drawing and painting to crochet and calligraphy, I love any and all types of art. Starting at a young age, I found joy in expressing myself through different artistic mediums.
Solidarity requires the consistent action of learning and unlearning. In a world that is far from perfect, I believe that we each have the responsibility to make our environments and our interactions more accessible, equitable, and inclusive by practicing empathy and compassion while advocating for social justice.