A handful of the ways I like to get involved in the community around me :)
Pint of Science is an international event that brings scientists, community-members, and beer together. Guelph PoS was held over three nights at six different venues in Guelph, and featured 12 different speakers, with talks ranging from bridging the digital divide to food fraud to the science of bubbles and beer.
Twice, while in Rigolet, Labrador doing research with community members we stopped by the local elementary school to teach a couple of the classes how to build websites, and use micro-computers. Once over lunch we had an impromptu jam-session which was the cherry on top of an already great day :)
Attend the non-profit Hillside Festival in Guelph Annually and lend a hand restocking food vendors with amenities, or installing advertisements and directions around town.
Attended the Ontario University Fair to represent the University of Guelph School of Computer Science on three occassions, meeting with potential students and parents to talk about the program at UoG.
Volunteered as a mentor in the Improve Life Challenge, a 24 hour hackathon where participate were tasked with designing a product to support mental health.
Volunteered as a mentor in the Feeding 9 Billion Challenge, a 24 hour hackathon where participate were tasked with designing a product to challenge food-waste and food insecurity.
Led, presented and ran the Guelph Coding Community for the academic year of 2015-2016. The community met biweekly for featured presentors or lecturers, and to share student projects.
Acted as secretary for SOCIS, the student CompSci organization responsible for running student events, trips, outreach and conferences.
Coordinated the 2016 Roboticon Secondary School Competition, where 11 teams competed their robots on a custom mode obstacle course.