SCWIST July 2014 Newsletter
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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

Promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science and technology.
New Board of Directors & New Website
We are thrilled to introduce to you our new board for the year 2014-2015, we have some familiar faces as well as new additions including Christiana Cheng as Director of Communications, Giselle Commissiong as Treasurer, Danniele Livengood as Secretary, Frederike Moon as Director of Outreach, and Janny Marie Peterslund as Director of Strategic Development. Read more

We are also thrilled to present to you our new SCWIST website! Visit us at

Make Possible Mentoring Network

Our Vision is a world where aspiration, opportunity and diversity intersect.
Our Mission is to help women connect, collaborate and lead through a dedicated mentoring network in STEM.
We certainly appreciate your active participation and valuable input during the development phase of our new mentoring network. Upcoming project activities include a Make Possible Prototype Testing Workshop on July 30, a Leadership Workshop on Sept 17 and more professional development workshops later this fall. We are calling for those interested in testing the prototype to send their contact info to, and to visit the website to sign up.

Exciting Announcements
Dr. Hilda Ching, who helped found SCWIST in 1981, served as President between 1984 - 1986 and is now a Honourary member of SCWIST, celebrated her 80th birthday at the beginning of July.  With all she has done for SCWIST, the least we could do is present to her a SCWIST-style birthday card.
 Announcing our scholarship winner for the Science Communications 2014 Program at Banff Centre, Tanya Roussy, who actually grew up right next door to Banff. Tanya has a degree in Engineering Physics and she will be starting the Science Communications program at the end of July. Congrats, Tanya! We look forward to learn about your experience in the program! Read Tanya's Bio.
SCWIST is recruiting our members to form a Focus Group to explore what membership benefits are valuable to them.  For more details, please email

Tokyo Police Club has selected SCWIST as their beneficiary for their Yellow Bird Project to promote girls in STEM! T-shirts designed by this popular indie band will be for sale on the Yellow Bird website and all proceeds will be donated to SCWIST!  Thank you for supporting girls in math and science!
Event Recap
Volunteer & Staff Appreciation Picnic
The Volunteer & Staff Appreciation Event on June 21st was a great success - the weather gods smiled on us and we had an exquisitely sunny day for a picnic in Stanley Park with SCWIST volunteers, staff, and directors. Read more

IWIS: Using Foreign Credentials to Attain Career Success 
On July 10, IWIS held another event focusing on sharing tips to achieve career success in BC as well as providing information to newcomers and graduate students. About 25 people with diverse backgrounds, including engineering, nursing, dentistry and transportation attended the event at SFU Surrey Campus. Read more


Upcoming SCWIST Events

BrownBag Lunch Series: Get the Job You Really Want
 Thursday July 30
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Place: Room 225, Biodiversity Building, UBC
Speaker: Joanne Loberg, Career Coach at JL Careers Inc.
Learn the 2 Essential Career Building Tools - Compelling Career Branding Statements & Information Interviews.  Read more
Tools for Transition Workshops
Date: Sept 13, 20,  27, Oct 4
Time: 9:30 – 12:30 pm
Place: YWCA, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Speaker: Sally Halliday

A limited number of bursaries is available! 
Early bird registration deadline is July 31.
How can we use change as an opportunity to make meaningful decisions about our lives and careers?  Read more

Community Events

Women in STEM Summer Social
BC Women in Energy Network & Women in Mining BC
: Wed Aug 27
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Place: Sciue on Pender Street

Meet & connect with women from across the science, technology, engineering & resource sectors around Vancouver. Tickets include appetizers, pizza & a drink ticket good for a glass of wine or beer. Read more

Research Study at UBC Dept of Counselling Psychology
This study investigates the experiences of women who have stayed in jobs that typically employ more men than women and who feel they are doing well in their career. If you are interested to participate, contact Ciara Moran.
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