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Members: Meredith

Occupation(s):

Stay-at-home mom, previously Process Engineer.

Home and Family:

 

Live in a single-family house with my husband and two young kids (2 & 4). Our front yard is a hill, perfect as a snowboard bunny hill in winter.

Passions and Hobbies:

 

Snowboarding, music (player of many instruments, master of none), swimming, mountain biking, canoeing, backcountry camping, foraging, home-brewing, woodworking, rock climbing, space news, learning (genetics, biology, math, development, nutrition, etc.)

Schooling:

 

Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

Where you Live:

 

Northern British Columbia, Canada.

Life Philosophy: 

 

To sum it up: live with integrity, courage, and understanding. Part of integrity means being honest. I don’t mean unsolicited, critical honesty. I mean the type of honesty that chooses telling the truth kindly instead of a little white lie; honesty that keeps commitments; honesty that doesn’t turn a blind eye to uncomfortable situations; honesty that faces conflict instead of running from it. Like most people I dislike conflict, and at the same time I venture to face it head on when needed. The question of ‘need’ comes down to regret.  I try to live without regret, or at least minimize it. When presented with a choice I ask myself: What would I regret more? Doing this or not doing this? The answer informs my choice. The choice is not always the easiest one, and this is where courage must be mustered. Not just courage to face conflict, but also to accept being rejected by others. This speaks to my goal of understanding. I am deeply motivated to understand – understand the universe, other people, and myself. I believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect. I’m an optimist, and I believe that everyone is doing the best they can at any given moment. If someone is unkind, I wonder: What happened to them? I strive to understand others’ point of view and find mutual understanding. This requires that I understand myself and my own motivations. Part of that is understanding science and social science. We all have a responsibility to each other and to the world. It’s through understanding that we build relationships and can build the type of society and world I want to live in.

Life Experiences that are unique to you; that helped shaped who you are:

 

I attended a semester-long environmental leadership program in high school called The Bronte Creek Project. It was essentially a forest school, and really shaped who I am including my deep connection with nature. At the end of the semester we went on a winter camping trip, during which we built and slept in quinzhees, which are snow shelters. It’s the first time I can remember feeling as though I truly belonged in a group. During those short four months I discovered a lot about myself. It was a transformative program. While I am no longer in touch with those I met there, that sense of belonging persists and I carry it with me.

List 3 key words that describe you:

 

Passionate – in the intense feeling sense and the strong belief sense , Philomath – a lover of learning, and Sympatico – in the sense of having a mutual understanding with another.

List your top 5 favourite books:

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    I can read it over and over. 
     

  2. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
    I love BY and this was the first of her books I read. 
     

  3. Trouble with Lichen by John Wyndham
    This was the first John Wyndham book I read and it got me hooked! Also, it ignited an interest and life-long connection with lichen. 
     

  4. Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
    A wonderful parenting book offering a philosophy on the parent-child relationship, and not a how-to guide. I also recommend Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes which is also for employers and teachers).
     

  5. Whatever technical/science book I’m currently reading
    I’m often enthusiastic about learning a new thing.

List your top 5 favourite tv shows:

 

  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation & Picard

  2. Pride & Prejudice – BBC version 

  3. Last Week Tonight

  4. Black Mirror

  5. Fleabag


 

Honourable mentions: Arrested Development – first three seasons, Stranger Things.

List your top 5 favourite movies:

 

  1. Primer

  2. Children of Men

  3. Amelie

  4. The Shawshank Redemption

  5. Auntie Mame (with Rosalind Russel)


 

Honourable mentions: It’s a Wonderful Life – I know that’s 6, but it’s a must have at Christmas, Mary Poppins, Good Will Hunting.

List your top 5 comfort foods:

  1. Chocolate 

  2. Soup 

  3. Cookies 

  4. Chicken pot pie 

  5. Dumplings