APEGGA Needs the Involvement
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Worth Cheering For
Rawya Selby, P.Eng. likes cheering at son Jesse Selby's hockey games. Jess is 11 years old.

Public Relations Coordinator

An APEGGA member since 1982, Rawya Selby, P.Eng., has been an active volunteer with the Outreach Program for several years and currently serves as chair of the Edmonton District Committee. A dedicated volunteer and community member, Rawya has an abundance of enthusiasm and a positive outlook, which rub off on all those around her.

Why and when did you join APEGGA? As an engineer, how do you contribute to APEGGA?

I joined APEGGA in 1982. APEGGA is an organization that is essential to engineers, geologists and geophysicists, as well as the public. The Association needs the involvement of its members to thrive and meet its objectives. I contribute by being an active member and by upholding in my work the values that APEGGA stands for.

Why do you volunteer with APEGGA? What value do you get from being an APEGGA volunteer?
I started volunteering with the APEGGA Outreach Program in 2000 and I joined the Edmonton District Committee in September 2003. By participating with APEGGA I keep abreast of current issues, and I learn, and widen my knowledge continuously. I am thankful to my company, ATCO Gas, for strongly supporting APEGGA and my volunteering initiatives.

I also volunteer on the school council of my son’s school, which gives me input in school issues and activities.

I volunteer because I am at a stage in my life where I have the time and experience to give back to the community.

Can you recall a particularly memorable volunteer experience?
I really enjoyed presenting a session at Choices, a conference for Grade 6 girls offered by WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology). I showed the students how to make play putty, and guided them through a couple of other activities. I was so delighted to see their excitement and was very happy when quite a few approached me afterwards to tell me they enjoyed the session.

What are your hobbies and interests?
There are so many activities in Edmonton to enjoy. I joined a soccer team and find this hobby to be such a fun time as well as good exercise. I love horseback riding and gardening. I enjoy reading a lot, and I belong to a wonderful book club which introduces me to a wide variety of books and to many interesting discussions. I also love cheering at my son’s hockey games.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I love to travel and visit new places. Each is unique in its beauty and the experience it offers. I was born in Lebanon and lived there for 18 years. I love its moderate climate, its beautiful sea, the gentle mountains, and the marvelous architecture. The places that I long to see the most are in the Mediterranean region. I have never been to Spain and would love to visit it, especially the south.

When/what made you decide to be an engineer?
In high school, I discovered a natural affinity for mathematics, physics and chemistry, and decided to pursue a non-traditional career that would use this ability. When I registered in engineering after high school, I had only a hazy concept of the role of engineers. I learned more about the various disciplines while attending university. I graduated with a B.Sc. in chemical engineering, but developed an interest in petroleum engineering and completed my M.Sc. in petroleum engineering.

Is there a person who has been helpful in your development as a professional?
While completing my degree in chemical engineering at the University of Alberta, I took a course in petroleum engineering taught by Dr. S. M. Farouq Ali, P.Eng. which I enjoyed tremendously. With Dr. Farouq Ali’s supervision, I completed a master’s degree in petroleum engineering. Dr. Farouq Ali sparked my interest in reservoir engineering and in research.

What do you think the next hot trend/subject/discipline will be in engineering?
I hope that all engineering projects in the various disciplines will be implemented with the safeguarding of our environment in mind. I believe that environmental awareness will have a direct impact on how projects are designed and implemented. As engineers, we are responsible for our environment and protecting it for future generations.

What is your favourite book?
A book that I revisit often is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, a book of love, beauty, giving and compassion. I feel in Gibran’s work the infinite kindness of the world and glimpse the warm sun, the olive trees, the blue sky, and the terraced orchards of the Mediterranean.


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