Meet the Team

GenevieveGenevieve — Community Social Worker

What is one hot tip you would give to students?
I learned at university that it’s important to be pro-active about everything. If I had any slight doubt or worry about a course or an assignment I’d make sure to talk to my professors right away about it. If I wasn’t sure about my tuition or my finances I would make the appropriate calls and ask the questions I needed clarification on. If I felt stressed and wanted a little extra support I would look up the services available to me on campus and seek out what support I could receive. I learned that communicating and reaching out was key to feeling positive and balanced, and to do this before I felt overwhelmed.

How do you keep on top of your game?
I have learned to be mindful of the things my body and mind require to reach their full potential. These things include: staying on a regular sleep schedule, eating enough food each day, having a good balance between work life and personal life – working enough to get the work done, but taking breaks and spending time with friends and family in order to enjoy life, getting out and being active, whether that means a casual walk or a full workout, and trying to focus on the positives and affirm all successes in my life, big or small.

What are some of your favourite hidden gems in Etown?
Favourite spots to hit around Edmonton for me are: 1) King Noodle on 97 st and 106 ave, a Pho restaurant, it’s cash only and the owner refuses tips, 2) Cococo on Jasper ave and 124 st, they have delicious gelato and a nice patio where you can sit during the summer, 3) La Shish on Whyte ave and 103 st, good Lebanese food, and 4) Metro Cinema, located in the Garneau theatre on 109 st and 87 ave, independent and local film screenings, including the Edmonton International Film festival.

Who would narrate your life and why?
Kristen Schaal, because she has an awkward and out there sort of humor that I find appealing.

Your mood booster?
'When I come across weird stuff on the internet' is my exact reaction in a gif!


TiffanyTiffany — Community Social Worker

What is one hot 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.’ 

How do you keep yourself 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 some of your favourite hidden gems in Etown?
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!

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.


JaneJane - Community Social Worker

What is one hot tip you would give to students?
When you first arrive, find your people. Talk to them, listen to them, get to know them, ask them questions, get them to share their hot tips, see if they have used text books they can sell to you for cheap, spend time with them, have fun with them, lean on them when you need to, and, most importantly, look after them. 

How do you keep yourself on top of your game? 
  • I look after my physical self as best I can.  This means sleeping well, eating well, exercising regularly and wearing comfortable clothes that make me feel good.
  • I look after my mental self as best I can.  This means reading, learning continually, developing new skills, reflecting and journalling.
  • I look after my emotional self as best I can.  This means spending time with my loved ones (furry and non-furry), and ensuring that my home space is comfortable.
  • I look after my spiritual self as best I can.  This means yoga, being in nature, tending my garden, listening to music.
  • I also acknowledge I’m not perfect and that I can’t be too hard on myself if things don’t always go according to plan.
What are some of your favourite hidden gems in Etown?
I like places that transport me into different worlds – virtual holiday types of places – where I can get away for a few hours without the air fare!   I love the Italian Centre Shop for really good espresso, an amazing, affordable deli featuring many, many types of cheeses, and for the virtual experience of being in Italy complete with Italian soundtrack.  I love Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant for amazing Indonesian vegan food, including their famous “chicken” curry.  And I love the Muttart Conservatory – there is nothing better than spending some time in the tropical pavilion soaking up the warmth and humidity in the middle of winter.  (An annual pass is $45 and gives you unlimited access, and if you qualify for the Leisure Access Program, you can get in for free!)

Who would narrate your life and why?
David Bowie because he would make me sound way cooler than I actually am!

Your mood booster?
Jumping up and down on the spot for 30 seconds.  It is impossible to do this and not have your mood boosted (especially if you do it with jazz hands).

StephanieStephanie - Community Social Worker

What is one hot tip you would give to students?
Try new things! There are so many adventures and experiences that are possible at University, and since you've already taken the plunge by committing to UofA, why not keep the trend going? It may seem scary at first, but I would encourage you to try things that you haven’t done before or may seem slightly out of your comfort zone. It is often these experiences that lead to the most growth and personal development. So maybe it's joining a hip hop class at the Fitness Centre. Maybe it's starting a conversation with someone new in class. Whatever it may be, don't hesitate. You only have so many years here at UofA, so use it wisely.

How do you keep yourself on top of your game?
I try to be kind to myself. Life can be stressful and I sometimes feel overwhelmed and as though I am not always able to completely be on ‘top of my game’. Being gentle on myself when I feel like I’m underperforming can be challenging, but I try to be realistic in terms of my own expectations and acknowledge that it’s not always possible to achieve everything I want to at any given time. I make an effort to remind myself that I am doing the best that I can, and give myself permission to be content with this.

What are some of your favourite hidden gems in Etown?
Having just returned to Edmonton after a year-long hiatus, I am currently embarking on a reunion tour of my favourite places in the city…

  • Wild Earth Café…their cakes are amazing!
  • Tasty Tom’s…best burgers in the city!
  • Barb and Ernie’s…favourite breakfast eatery and friendliest staff
  • Duchess Bakery…pain au chocolat and other delicious baked goods
  • Famoso…pizza, pizza, pizza!!!

After putting this list together, I realize that my reunion tour is directly related to my love of good food!

Who would narrate your life and why?
Dame Maggie Smith, in her role as the Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey. While the Countess possesses many qualities that I don’t necessarily aspire to, I do love her wicked sense of humour…“Oh my dear you flatter me; which is just as it should be”.

Your mood booster?
Having a dance party with my toddler…there’s nothing better than watching him bust out his uninhibited dance moves and hearing his infectious laugh as I try to keep up with him!