David Tang Wins National Site Coordinator Award

by Maureen Paisley

The Let’s Talk Science National Site Coordinator Award recognizes the site coordinator who has made an outstanding contribution by demonstrating excellence in leadership through innovation, site development, effective communication, and contributions to science outreach and science literacy. The 2010 winner was David Tang of the University of Manitoba.

Let’s talk Science has sites across Canada, and in 2010, there were 18 nominees for the National Site Coordinator Award.  The UM site is not the largest site, but as David explains: “We are a team with a lot of heart.” 

In 2009/2010, Let’s Talk Science participated in outreach programs as diverse as bringing science awareness to Saturday shoppers at St. Vital Centre to volunteers who work on a regular basis at the Aboriginal Head Start Biomedical Youth Program, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg and Rossbrook House in addition to the outreach that is done in schools on a regular basis.

The partnerships with Let's Talk Science and the groups mentioned above are new initiatives, and provide volunteers with exciting, diverse and meaningful experiences. 

For example, Rossbrook House, founded in 1976, offers a constant alternative to the destructive environment of the streets.  It is open 365 days of the year, 24 hours on weekends or any school holidays.  In 2010, Let’s Talk Science, with its University of Manitoba Volunteers, primarily from the Faculty of Science, committed to providing regular programming to the young people who use the services of Rossbrook House, bringing the fun of science and science literacy to children in the inner city.

If you have a passion for science and are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Let’s Talk Science


David Tang