Lynda joined Students on Ice in 2019 where she provides leadership to the Alumni Team. She comes to SOI with experience in program development and team management as former Manager of Youth Programs at the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre. She is strongly connected with the Ottawa Inuit community, and has worked mainly with Inuit youth. As Lynda is now part of the team we had her answer some of our burning questions.
Q: What attracted you to working with Students on ice?
A: I have been aware of the great work of SOI for many years. Over the last few years, I have been following SOI through social media, and I am always impressed with the quality of experiences that youth acquire. I have traveled with Adventure Canada and have seen the impact of visits to the north, and I’m excited to be part of a team that gives those life experiences to youth.
Q: Tell us about your role with SOI and what you hope to accomplish.
A: I am the Alumni Team lead. Alumni programming has always been a part of SOI, and every year adds more alumni. It’s a great time to further develop some of the Alumni programs and I hope to increase access to opportunities for growth and development.
Q: What is something people may not know about you?
A: I have been very fortunate to have many tremendous performances throat singing around Ottawa, Canada and the world. One of my favourites was recording a “Throat Singing Karaoke Booth.” I love teaching audiences about throat singing and this booth is traveling to different museums around the world, allowing people to give it a try.
Q: Can you describe an experience that has impacted you or changed your perspective in some way?
A: In University (many years ago), I was very fortunate to be one of two delegates chosen to attend the International Circumpolar Conference in Denmark. I was very excited about attending and learning more about Inuit around the circumpolar countries. On one of the last nights, there was an open floor for delegates to share their knowledge and talents. It was incredible to see drumming and singing from different parts of the north, and seeing the similarities and differences between them. It amazed me that so many young people were active in their communities and the pride within their culture. That conference inspired me to want to learn more about my own roots, including learning how to throat sing and drum dance.
In the News:
“Lynda Brown Takes the Lead with Students on Ice”
One of Students on Ice’s proud supporters, Adventure Canada, has written a wonderful article about Lynda where you can learn more about her throat singing, drumming, youth-work and her ties with Adventure Canada.