Over the past four years, The Aquatic Biosphere has committed to participating in Volunteer Alberta’s Youth at the Table and University of Alberta’s Non-Profit Board Student Internship programs. These two programs are youth engagement initiatives that place youth participants, who are interested in Alberta’s nonprofit sector, with a non-profit board, such as ours, within their community.
Each youth member is then paired with a mentor and over a period of six months has the opportunity to learn how boards operate and develop their leadership and decision-making skills that engage them in their communities.
Non-Profit Board Student Internship (NPBI) - Justine
Justine received her BSc (Biological Science major, Chemistry minor) from the University of Alberta in June 2022. She is currently taking some psychology courses at the University of Alberta. In joining the Aquatic Biosphere Society of Canada, Justine hopes to learn new skills and gain valuable knowledge on how a non-profit board operates, as well as contribute to expanding public knowledge on aquatic conservation.
A fun fact about Justine is that she plays the oboe. For 13 years, she did competitive dance (ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, and production) and is currently learning various styles of ballroom dance through the University of Alberta’s Dance Club. She is also part of the University of Alberta’s Hide and Seek Club. Justine enjoys sports of various kinds, especially badminton, baseball, and mountain biking. She also loves science, art, reading, writing, and listening to music.
Youth at the Table (Y@TT) - Dineli Dineli (she/her) is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Biology and a Certificate in Leadership Studies via the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta. As someone passionate about service and leadership, Dineli joined the Youth at the Table program to gain first hand experience in non-profit governance. Dineli is excited to be joining the Aquatic Biosphere Society of Canada for the 2022-2023 school year to learn more about the organization's programs and services and the inner workings of a board organization. In the future, Dineli hopes to pursue a career in public service to help make lasting solutions to problems through work at both macro and micro levels.
Fun fact: Dineli is fluent in Sinhala and English!