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Licensure Has Positive Impacts, Says Geologist

Frank Scheibli, P.Geol., Volunteers to Help Children See What Tomorrow Offers


APEGGA Public Relations Coordinator

Frank Scheibli, M.Sc., P.Geol., is a dedicated APEGGA volunteer with the Outreach Program (three years) and with APEGGA's Environment Committee. Frank, completed his undergraduate degrees in geology and geography in 1987 and his graduate degree in geography in 1990 from the University of Western Ontario. He has accepted increasing levels of responsibility as an environmental consultant in the private and public sectors across Canada. He is currently the senior technical manager with Newpark Environmental Services in Calgary. Frank and his wife Annemarie have two girls.

Why did you join APEGGA?

One of the first things I did upon moving to Alberta was to seek professional designation. I became involved and developed an appreciation for the positive impacts (integrity, accountability and competency) derived from my association with APEGGA.

Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?

Society benefits from mentoring. It is important for children to be aware of the opportunities available in life. Sharing information, especially through hands-on exercises, gives the creative minds of tomorrow the opportunity to make career choices based on practical exposure to science. Enabling and providing opportunity is the start, it is a critical step toward discovery of all the possibilities available.

What value do you get from being an APEGGA volunteer?

The sense of well-being that comes from introducing or facilitating a person's understanding of a concept is a gift that doesn't require any thanks.

Is there a person who has or had been helpful in your development as a professional?

There have been several people that have had an influence on my career. There are two people in particular who stand out. They are Mr. Garnet Meloche, P.Eng. (deceased), and Dr. Stephen Hicock. Mr. Meloche was our group leader at facility engineering with Chrysler Canada. As an engineer, he was a role model to our group and demonstrated the merit of being cordial without ethical compromise. He encouraged individuals to be heard, have faith in their abilities and to challenge the status quo. Dr. Hicock was my undergraduate adviser at Western. He encouraged people to follow their aspirations. He demonstrated that the application of science was not limited to traditional concepts and that imagination is the essence of research.

Who do you admire the most and why?

There are several individuals that are worthy of mention; however, there are two people I would like to reference: my dad and my wife. Dad for encouraging me to always, "Do your best." My wife for her wisdom and encouragement to be flexible and receptive to options. "Be spontaneous!"

What is your favourite movie?

October Sky. The movie documents the challenges facing four boys in small town North America. They want to break free of the dominating coal-mining livelihood that looms in their future. During their high school days, they aspire to build a model rocket against adversity including conflicting moral decisions. Each individual achieved their dreams through the collective combination of their skills. The characters did what they thought was right. They supported design considerations, where possible, with science and followed their instincts when this wasn't possible.

What is your favorite chemical?

Water. It can be present in three phases, you can swim in it, skate and ski on it, and it's a raw material for some of my favourite beverages.

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