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Healthcare Alumni Return to Inspire Current Students at Career Breakfast

Friday, December 16, 2016

Image of alumni speakers at Career BreakfastOn December 6, two amazing alumnae Toni Lui ’04 and Sara Gambino ’09 returned to Bayview Glen as guest speakers at the Career Breakfast and shared their experience and expertise in the field of healthcare. They shared with the Prep and Upper School community about how their education at Bayview Glen has taught them the necessary skills to pursue their passion and helped them in getting to where they are.

Toni is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto, and is currently working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as a Clinical Researcher in the Autism Research Centre. She shared with students about the role of a social worker and her life lessons. Toni highlighted her perspective to be a collector and collect every piece of advice, experience, memory even the bad ones, and not to be afraid to try different things or get into dead ends because dead ends make you unique and that means more opportunities for different experiences.

Sara graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and is currently working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as a Research Analyst in the Geriatric Mental Health Department. She spoke about her psychology research experience working with different populations in the areas of Alzheimer's, spina bifida, eating disorders, youth mental health, romantic relationships, and parent-child attachment. Sara also emphasized the value of networking and volunteering and how they are very important for research jobs in the healthcare field, because as job opportunities become available, the doctors and professors may hire someone who has been volunteering with them over someone showing the same experience on their resume.

Thank you to our talented alumni for their involvement and continuous support of our community. The Alumni Relations Office, in partnership with the Student Services Department, invites alumni to share their interests, knowledge and passions with current students and parents through the Career Breakfasts. This invaluable connection fosters mentorship across ages and disciplines, allows for candid questions, and enlightens the possibility of different career options as well as best practices for success.

The next Career Breakfast is scheduled for March 7, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in the Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus, and will explore the career possibilities within the Science and Research industry.