Terri-Jane Yuzda

Invaluable Memories
From a Longtime Volunteer


Public Relations Coordinator

Paul Elliott, P.Eng., has been a member of APEGGA since 1971. He received his education in England at Nottingham and Norwich. Paul currently runs his own company, Elliott Engineering Limited.

Paul has volunteered on many committees during his time as an APEGGA member, including the Calgary District Meetings Committee, Calgary Branch Executive, Professional Development Committee, and the University of Calgary Student Liaison Committee. He currently sits on the Investigative Committee and he's also an Outreach volunteer.

Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?
Serving as a volunteer for the first few years you become hooked. You get to know so many people it's impossible to remember all their names. Getting together at annual functions and meeting people in other professions is such a tremendous experience. There is no way you can quit. I love this Association and I would do anything to maintain the high level of professionalism that exists within its membership. The Outreach program is an excellent opportunity to meet teachers and children working at the Grade 3 and 6 levels.

Can you recall a particularly memorable volunteer experience?
There have been many memorable experiences. As the chairman of the Calgary District Meetings Committee I organized a seminar with Roger Boisjoly, P.Eng., as the guest speaker. He was an engineer with Morton Thyokol at the time of the Challenger disaster. I also organized another seminar on the English Channel Tunnel, now commonly referred to as the Chunnel. We brought Richard Storer over from the U.K. to speak about the construction and progress of the Chunnel. On a lighter note, while presenting to a Grade 3 class I was asked by one of the girls if I was married. I think a lot of the volunteer presenters have been asked that question at some time or other.

What made you decide to become an engineer?
My dad had a book titled How it is Made. I must have read most of this book and looked at the pictures hundreds of times. I must have brainwashed myself because all I wanted to do was become a person who builds things. Entering an apprenticeship seemed to be the way to do it, and would you believe it, "Now I are a Injuneer" - I must admit I saw that statement in university in 1970. I like to think that my career has been a blast, it's been exciting, ever since I started in 1950 in Nottingham, England.

Is there a person who has been helpful in your development as a professional?
I would have to say the people who have had the most significant influence on my life are the multitudes of professionals I have come into contact with throughout my time volunteering. I have a great respect for the staff at both the Edmonton and Calgary APEGGA offices, members of many of the committees of the Association and all of the other volunteers I have come in contact with. Also I have great respect for the legal profession and especially those lawyers that work with the Association on the committees.

What are your other hobbies and activities?
I like doing model railways but don't have much time. I make wine and I have to make time for that. I teach five or six classes a week in step aerobics and aquasize and at my young age I not only keep healthy but I also get paid for it. It's a win-win situation. With all of the volunteering that I do there is a bit of time left to watch TV, so my wife tapes the programs we like. That way no time is wasted watching adverts.

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