Convocation week is around the corner – check out some of our amazing graduates!
It’s that time of year again…the birds are finally chirping, the grass is green, the trees are blooming, and graduates are relived to step out of their winter of studies and into their caps and gowns.
In the coming days many of our hard working students will be crossing the stage at the Arts and Culture Centre, so in celebration of that, we’re featuring some of our most inspiring stories. Stay tuned for a story a day, until convocation day!
Brittany Tibbo is a woman on a mission.
“I’ve always been interested in politics, even as a young girl I was naturally drawn to its excitement and importance,” she said, reflecting on her education as she prepares to walk the stage to pick up her Bsc.
For the past two years she has been working as the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Coordinator for Equal Voice – an organization that works to engage women in politics at all levels of government.
“Here in Newfoundland and Labrador my role has a particular focus on young women, as they’re traditionally under-represented in most areas of politics.”
For the first time, Equal Voice was able to run a mentoring program during an election, which gave Ms. Tibbo the chance to offer her expertise to young women in university and high school an opportunity to shadow female candidates that included Premier Kathy Dunderdale, Yvonne Jones, and Lorraine Michael.
“It was very rewarding to be able to provide such a meaningful experience to young women like myself,” she recalled. “Their experiences were documented in diary entries and posted to social media sites to provide other young people with an opportunity to comment and share their own experiences.”
Beyond Equal Voice, she was involved in other leadership programs that quickly became a part of her student identity.
“Before I came to Memorial I respected students who had organized events that I attended and I enjoyed being involved in programs like Horizons, LEAP!, Orientation and the Student Volunteer Bureau and volunteered for many of these programs each year in various capacities,” she said.
“I think it’s really important for students to become involved in these types of activities because it greatly contributes to the student experience and I encourage all students to consider becoming involved. It was an important and exciting component of my learning at Memorial.”
Her obvious taste for leadership could mean we haven’t heard the last of Brittany Tibbo yet.