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 […]

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 […]

Education in Reconciliation: A Necessary Banality

By Regan Brodziak “Education. We need to educate our children.” Of all the responses to the question of how people foresee themselves participating in reconciliation, education always emerges as a top contender. The children are the future, they reason. They are the solution. I was always skeptical of this response. Of course, it’s an unfairly […]

Selfless Service

By Mayank Pathak “Seva” is a word in Punjabi that means ‘Selfless Service’. It is a word that brings people together to become leaders in their communities by serving them. Serving the community as they are your family is a very important concept for the Indian, and more specifically the Punjabi culture. My name is […]

Addressing the historical lack of women in Dentistry

My name is Tasha, and I am a dental student at the University of Alberta. For my stretch, I have decided to work closer to home. As a dental student, I noticed that there is a lack of female mentorship due to the historical lack of women in the program. According to the ADEA, just […]