Stretching myself to the City of Edmonton

When I was 19 I took a semester off and traveled Southeast Asia completely and utterly alone. I was stretched, questioned everything, and saw the most breathtaking sunsets you could ever imagine. When you initially compare staying in a Buddhist Monastery to sitting at a desk all day for the summer, you’d probably think “How […]

I’ve Gone National

By Adam Brown   When this is called a “stretch experience”, that’s a perfect way to describe the last 8 months of my life. One of those stretching facets, the one which I have chosen to use for this project, is that I am serving as Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. CASA […]

Open-ing up our Education

By: Akanksha Bhatnagar 2018 was the first year I travelled completely alone. A backpack, myself and my headphones with a broken left ear. I was sitting on the New York Subway, honestly pretty nervous and I was walking around downtown Toronto just hoping to meet Drake. This year, my Stretch Experience allowed me to travel […]

‘Time is Brain’: Acute Stroke Care in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE—Living in a city, we often take for granted the bountiful and diverse medical services that are available to us. In places like Edmonton, advanced medical facilities employing specialized services are feasible establishments because the population of our city and the surrounding communities demand it. The North, however, is a different story. The Northwest Territories, […]

How To Not Waste Your Summer

By RADHA SAIKIA I was having coffee with my supervisor at one of our regular check-ins, and he asked me a series of questions that I hadn’t considered before. I won’t bore you with the specifics, but here’s a question for you: Do you watch Netflix? (I hope the answer is yes, because this entire […]

Adventures into the Unknown

Hello PLLC blog readers! I am Liam McCoy, an Honors Neuroscience student and PLLC Scholar from Forum 1C. For my stretch experience I spent a month in a community in the North West Territories known to the local Dene descendants as Liidlii Kue, and to the government as Fort Simpson. I worked with the Liidlii […]

Names, Faces and Colourful Umbrellas

by Yomna Elshamy What to do when you look at someone and only see a label? I was faced with this dilemma on my first day volunteering with youth who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). You see, before that day I spent a month reading about the disorder, watching videos, being told all of […]

Kissing Without Tongue

A Blog Post by Tanisha Kotowich In conjunction with the documentary “Tanisha Takes Ukraine“   In front of you stands a stout man, totaling five feet ten inches; he is as wide as he is tall. The sweat on his face accumulates as rapidly as the Ukrainian words spilling from his mouth. You, with no […]

Foreign Business Culture

This summer has been hands down one of the most memorable summers I’ve had. I was able to connect back to my roots and was able to land a volunteering position at an accounting and taxation clinic in India. Not only was this stretch experience a great learning experience for me in terms of learning […]

Environmental Health!

While healthcare and training for physicians continues to improve over the years, one important aspect of training and research is often overlooked. That is the influence of the environment and its associated impacts on our health, specifically, the impact it has on children. My stretch experience is composed of my involvement with The Children’s Environmental […]

Remember it is okay to take a step back and breathe

Whenever I have an idea, my plan of action is always to go full speed ahead. But mind you, I would always come up with a plan first although that doesn’t stop me from getting ahead of myself. My original plan for my Stretch was to create a working prototype of the app that my […]

When Teaching Becomes Learning

Hallo semuanya. Nama saya Snehaa. Aku dari Canada!! My first introduction was one of the ongoing jokes some of my students in Bandung, Indonesia had about me. Clad in a long cotton dress with Indian patterns, and dangling jhumkas, I would proudly say that I was Canadian, with ready responses to any protests or confused […]