Meet the Team

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.


NaailaNaaila - Community Social Worker

What is one hot tip you would give to students?  “Be softer with you” – Nayyirah Waheed

Learn to honour yourself; things may not always go the way you want, and sometimes the way you need them to go, and coping with that may be hard. Learn to sit with that type of discomfort and frustration, while respecting the journey you are on. Take care of you. You are not a paper-writing, experiment-conducting, presentation-doing machine, even if it feels like that some days. 

Post-secondary can be a long and twisted road, so surround yourself with good people, and take care so you can be that person not only for others, but for yourself as well.  

How do you keep on top of your game? 
Along with the usual things (eating well, getting enough sleep, working out etc.), I’ve made a commitment to myself to do something just for me at least once a week. Whether that’s spending an extra hour in bed reading a good book (probably Harry Potter-again), going to see a movie, or chasing the Northern Lights with my camera at 2am. I’ve found things like this act almost like a recharge button and prepare me better for the week to come.

What are some of your favourite hidden gems in Etown?
Oh goodness, there are so many! The gazebo at Grant Notley Park- especially at sunset; the graffiti streetcar tunnel (as well as the High Level Bridge Street Car!); and of course, if you’re in Edmonton- you have to see the Northern Lights! Check out Aurora Watch to learn more about the lights and to subscribe so that you can receive alerts for when activity is strong! The further north you head into (and out of) the city, and the further away from light pollution, the greater the chances of a sighting! 

Who would narrate your life and why? 
Richard Harris (RIP) as Dumbledore- because I need Dumbledore to finally ask “did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?” calmly. I know this wouldn’t likely to be part of my life’s narration, but I’d find a way to make it happen. 

Your mood booster?
“Non-Stop” from the Broadway show Hamilton. Not only does it boost my mood, but it ignites some kind of productivity kick in me- if you listen to it, you’ll know what I mean!


HeatherHeather - Community Social Worker

What is one hot tip you would give to students?  It’s my belief that we need each other in order to succeed and be our best self. With that in mind, get to know the people around you, and not just your cohort or friends. Find a way to meet new people - join a club of interest or volunteer for events around campus. Build a network that will help you not only enjoy your time at university but will give you experiences and connections to carry with you once you move on to the next phase of your life. 

How do you keep on top of your game? 
There are a few things that I find helpful. It starts with being honest with myself about how I am doing (usually the next step is to be gracious towards myself!). There are different pieces that I need in turn to have good mental, emotional, and physical health. This can include: good friends to laugh and cry with, adequate sleep, adventure and trying new things, creative outlets like drawing or writing, exercise, listening to Podcasts by people who inspire me, being in nature (especially water!), making food that helps my body feel good.

What are some of your favourite hidden gems in Etown?
Borden Park for a great place to read a book or picnic under a tree. Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Deep Freeze Winter Festival, and the Flying Canoe are my favourite festivals. Café Bicyclette for their year-round patio with blankets and fire pits. I love The Bleeding Heart Art Gallery and Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts for workshops, exhibits and community presence. 

Who would narrate your life and why?
Tina Fey for her perspective and humour; the idea of my life being narrated to others is a bit frightening and I think she would help me take myself less seriously. 

Your mood booster?
Lifting heavy things and getting my heart pumping at the gym or from-the-gut-laughter with a friend.