Which grades did you attend at RCS? K – 12
Were you a part of any clubs, societies or teams at RCS?
Student Council, Yearbook Committee
What was your next step after graduating from RCS?
BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, McMaster University, 2011
How did you find the transition from RCS to your next phase of life?
Transitioning to university education was challenging, but it was a challenge that I needed and was prepared for.
What is your highest degree of education? Where did you receive this degree and from what institution?
PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Calgary, 2017
What is your current occupation?
Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Calgary. I am researching how the Lyme disease bacteria gets around the immune system, using DNA sequencing and computer modelling.
Where do you currently live? Calgary, Alberta
Are you married? Engaged
Do you have a memory or comment you would like to share about a favourite teacher, or someone that influenced you the most at RCS?
I have good memories of Henry Sikkema, who always answered my many questions in the areas of math, science, and theology. Instead of shutting me down, he pushed me and left me with even more to think about, and that inspired me to continue studying.
Do you feel connected to RCS?
Please provide a reason for your response. Yes; I still have a sibling who attends so I get occasional updates. I also feel a connection from having had a good experience there.
From your perspective, what is the value of an RCS education?
I think the value is that while there is a diverse group of teachers, they all share a distinctly Christian understanding of God, of the world, and of our place in the world.
What is your favourite memory from RCS?
Some of the highlights were working with Student Council, intramural volleyball, and the Quebec City trip.