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Venture Healthcare Comes Full Circle

Stretch Experience Update: PLLC alumni and program founder hears success stories from participants It was Yasmin Rafiei’s own journey applying to medical school that got her thinking about the barriers some applicants face. While reviewing the myriad requirements typical of medical school applications – competitive Medical College Admission Test scores, paid employment, leadership experience, volunteer […]

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Challenging beauty with brains

By Geoff McMaster for Folio When Lan Truong entered a local beauty pageant during high school, nothing about it felt right. While the event was organized for charity-one Truong would rather not mention-the purpose of the contest for the girls themselves was never made clear. Points were awarded for spurious attributes such as social media […]

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Leadership Transition in Times of COVID-19

By Maite G. Latorre The importance of leadership transition was never top of mind for me, even after participating in a variety of organizations, clubs and committees that have gone through changes in leadership. But when I started my Stretch Experience with Halford Consulting Inc., a specialized leadership transition organization, the projects I worked on required me to […]

Looking Through Different Lenses

By Phoebe Marinakis A man walks down the street, looks at his phone, it’s 6:30pm, the bus arrives in 10 minutes, sits at the bus stop and waits for the bus to arrive, he’s on his phone, thinking about what he wants to eat later. The bus arrives, he gets on, sits down, and makes […]

First Days Leading to Today

Christy Kan I remember… my first day in Canada: fresh air, blue skies, neverending prairies, and the scent of freshly cut grass. It was a beautiful summer day in Edmonton and in the eyes of five year-old me who had newly immigrated from Hong Kong to Canada, I was absolutely elated to be in a […]

The Challenge Behind Challenge Studies: The Hepatitis C Perspective

As a third year immunology student in the University of Alberta’s Specialization program I spend most of my time learning about the dozens of different bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites that plague humanity. From memorizing virulence factors to drawing out countless mechanisms of infection all night, I can now say immunology and the immune system […]

Not Your Everyday Camp Coach

July 15th, 2019 Almost fourteen years ago, I was a young girl who attended my first Green & Gold soccer summer camp at the University of Alberta. A number of my coaches at that time were Pandas’ soccer players. I still remember how much I looked up to them and wanted to be like them […]

Increasing the Reach and Impact of YoungLeaders.World

Hi all! My name is Julianna Stern and I am working at YoungLeaders.World (YL.W) as the Communications and Business Development Intern for my Stretch Experience. YL.W is a non-profit organization in Edmonton that provides leadership training to youth through local and international summits and conferences. Officially founded in 2016, YL.W is now growing rapidly and […]

Investing Responsibly

Stretch Blog: Investing Responsibly “Be your own boss.” Such statements are glamorized quite a bit in the world of business. With the stretch experience, I have received the opportunity to work independently for the first time and it made me realize “being my own boss” has been quite challenging for me, something I did not […]

Discovering Opportunities for Local Businesses

May 17th, 2019  Although only a few weeks into the summer, I have done some exciting work with my stretch experience thus far and have had the chance to do three different types of projects already. The variability that has come with my stretch experience is one thing that I have been enjoying the most. […]