Q&A with 2015 Alumna and Communications and Media Intern Rachel Boere

  1. As a 2015 Arctic alum of SOI, how did your expedition experience impact you?

(c) Colin Sutherland

Being able to participate in the 2015 Arctic Expedition was honestly more than I could have ever imagined. As part of the Parks Canada Northern Outreach and Engagement Team in Toronto that summer, I was swamped with work and events almost until the day we left for Ottawa, barely giving myself the time to build expectations for the journey. To anyone who has participated in an SOI expedition, it comes as no surprise that these 15 days were nothing short of incredible. I was able to learn from people I’d never crossed paths with previously, participate in conversations that I had never had in the south, see and feel places I couldn’t have conjured up in my wildest dreams, and make incredibly valuable friendships. The expedition opened my eyes to the unyielding yet gentle power of the Arctic and its people, to the undeniable impact of experiential education, and to the irreplaceable potential of storytelling.

  1. Tell us about your role and what interested you in joining SOI

This summer I’m the Communications and Media Intern and am working alongside the powerhouse that is the Communications and Media Assistant, Emma, and the Communications and Media Relations Manager, Ashley. Together we are working to ensure that SOI can share information, invite conversation and engage effectively with our ever growing audience of participants, alumni, partners, media and the general public. If my average week in the office were a recipe (let’s say a granola recipe, I love granola), it would look something like this:

  • 2 cups developing & managing social media
  • 1 cup working on website content and updates
  • ½  tsp deciding which snack to have in the afternoon
  • 2 tbsp supporting video & photo production
  • ½ cup designing brochures, information packages, and handouts
  • ¾  cup looking through past expedition photo catalogs and getting a little too emotional
  • 2 tsp organizing expedition related events
  • 2 tbsp supporting other programs in the office, like the Alumni program and Canada C3

*Note – this recipe is flexible and changes as the months progress.

I think I was really interested in joining the SOI team because I realized as my undergrad came to a close that I hoped my future would include opportunities to facilitate the sharing of stories and experiences that focused on youth, the environment, and the arts. The way stories are told has such a big impact on the way people are able to engage with and learn from them and in my eyes, SOI is telling some incredibly important and influential stories. The pieces seemed to fit together just right!

  1. What is your favourite outdoor activity and why?

Oh there are so many activities to choose from! I do really enjoy camping – jam packed days in the fresh air and crisp nights by a campfire always fill my heart with happiness. I also really enjoy hiking because of how easy or difficult you can choose to make your own experience. One outdoor activity I’m really looking forward to doing more of is snowshoeing. Last winter I snowshoed for the first time and I have high hopes now for my future snowshoeing adventures!

  1. I recently learned…

I don’t know if I can name just ONE thing that I recently learned… Just the other day I learned about four Pacific Islands I never knew about before, that my parents both have Twitter now (that’s cool), the best way to use a new tool in InDesign, and that the Jerry Cans put on a pretty rad live performance!

  1. Something interesting or fun/quirky people may not know about you?

If you know me well this will be no surprise, but to all the new friends out there – I adore my point-and-shoot film camera. I love finding the balance between the small number of photos you’re able to take on a roll of film and capturing important and meaningful moments. 

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