Please Welcome Our New Staff!

Science Atlantic welcomed several students over the summer and fall semesters. Read on to learn more about them, and some of the ongoing projects at Science Atlantic. 

Ben Dornan

Communications and Membership Engagement Assistant

Ben, a fourth year business student at Dalhousie University, recently completed his third co-op term at Science Atlantic and will be continuing to support the organization in a part-time capacity.

Ben has applied his skills from Commerce and Accounting to research a number of software platforms in order to enhance our members’ online communication. He has also assisted in conducting customer discovery interviews with faculty across the region.
This fall, Ben will continue as part of the team revising our policies, focussing on equity, diversity and inclusivity. Ben’s lighthearted and straightforward demeanor is a great addition to the team.

Emma Cole

Membership Engagement and Communications Assistant

Emma is a creative writer from St. John’s Newfoundland, currently pursuing an honours co-op degree in English at Acadia University. This is Emma’s second work term under her co-op program, and she is excited to expand and hone her skills in marketing, communications, and administration. She sees an English degree as a way to explore all the ways in which writing skills can be applicable to all fields and careers.

Emma is ready to help bring Science Atlantic’s projects and visions to life. From past work experience with nonprofit organizations, Emma understands the importance of transferable skills and is looking forward to bringing her skillset as a writer to the table. She will be supporting the Strategic Planning Committee as they work to realize Science Atlantic’s vision.

Paula Nalbaru

Membership Engagement and Communications Assistant

Paula is in her final year at Mount Saint Vincent University completing a Bachelor in Public Relations (PR). Previously, she worked in the government and not-for-profit sectors as a PR assistant and social media coordinator. Now, she is an active participant of Venture for Canada, a career program aimed at post-secondary students and recent grads offering entrepreneurial experience. It is through this program Paula got the opportunity to work at Science Atlantic.

As a membership engagement and communications assistant, she is applying her skills in strategic writing and social media marketing to work on Science Atlantic’s social media strategies and bring to life a social media campaign for the organization’s upcoming 60th anniversary.

Richard Inkpen

Communications and Membership Engagement Assistant

Richard is completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Human Resource Certificate from Saint Mary’s University. He chose this program because he wanted to better understand people and how they think. The program has honed his interest in organizational psychology and human resources.

Previously, he worked as a job coach at local non-profit Building Futures, so he knew he enjoyed working with non-profits when the opportunity to work at Science Atlantic arose.
As a communication and member engagement assistant, he’s responsible for a variety of tasks, including research into a number of online event platforms, interviewing members, and discovering ways Science Atlantic can better support science-related activities in the Atlantic region. He enjoys being able to take part in both the planning and implementation process of projects.

Shanley Weston

Web and Content Coordinator

Shanley is completing dual degrees in Commerce and Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in hopes of becoming a small business advisor. She wanted the practical background and experience that comes with a commerce degree alongside the more theoretical learning experience that comes with psychology.

Shanley is lead web designer and content creator, and has been essential in the development and implementation of the new Science Atlantic website, launched in Fall 2020. Her focus is on ensuring easier navigation and meeting accessibility standards. As the team’s main technician, Shanley is responsible for an assortment of tech-related duties, which have improved internal communication processes.

Taylor Conrad

Junior Web Designer & Content Creator

Taylor Conrad is a graphic designer and illustrator from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She attended Mount Saint Vincent University, graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Public Relations (PR), all while playing varsity volleyball. She is currently attending the Nova Scotia Community College earning her Graphic Design Diploma.

In the past, she has worked in both the non-profit and corporate sectors as a communications and marketing coordinator. She was introduced to graphic design when working at a local law firm and was immediately taken with the field.
Taylor is assisting in the development and launch of the new website, particularly by applying her skills in design and brand development to refresh and modernize the Science Atlantic identity. She is also playing an integral role in developing and implementing new communication strategies to improve the member experience.

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