April, 2000

JoAnne Volk Finds Her Reward In Helping Young People Learn

By Stacey Andrews

JoAnne Volk, P.Eng., is an enthusiastic supporter of education both within APEGGA and in her community. She is the Hinton Representative for the Yellowhead Branch, is actively involved in the Outreach Program, and tutors math and chemistry in her spare time. JoAnne joined APEGGA in 1989 upon graduation from the University of Alberta in chemical engineering. Currently, she is the manager of the Weldwood Pulp Millís environmental and lab services in Hinton. JoAnne will also be completing her masterís in environmental engineering from Colorado University this spring.


Why did you become a member of APEGGA?

I joined in 1989 when I graduated. Membership was free for an engineer-in-training and it was just a given that a new graduate engineer signed up. I have since found that APEGGA provides numerous benefits for engineers, first and foremost is being licensed to practice engineering in Alberta.

Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?

I became an Outreach volunteer because I love to help kids learn about their career options in the science fields. I think that there are a large number of high school students who donít enrol in engineering because they donít know what it is all about. I would like to help them make an educated decision about their futures. My favourite part of Outreach is the school challenges during National Engineering Week Ė I really enjoyed the balloon buggies!

Do you have any advice for other volunteers?

I would advise new volunteers to approach local schools and offer your services. There are lots of science, math and guidance teachers who donít know you are available to talk to their students.*

What other hobbies and interests do you have?

In my "spare" time I am a wife and mom of three young daughters. I play recreational ringette. I am trying to become a budding pianist, but I play more like a wilted flower!

What is your dream project?

My dream career would be to teach extremely gifted kids math and science and get paid well for it!

What is your personal philosophy?

My work motto is to enjoy what you do in your career. If you are not enjoying your work, then maybe you should find something else to do.

If you have suggested candidates for this series, please forward your ideas to The PEGG.

* Note: volunteers can sign up for the Outreach Program by contacting the Outreach Coordinators in the Edmonton and Calgary APEGGA offices.



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