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Meet our 2014-2015 Exec Team!

Tamarra Lewis (tamarra@mail.uoguelph.ca)


4th Year Water Resources Engineering, Minor: International Development

I am an optimist and a happy gal who loves apples dipped in peanut butter and climbing mountains. I was actually inspired to join Engineers Without Borders before I came to university by my cousin who spent a year in Kenya as overseas staff about 8 years ago now. Global Engineering was my focus before becoming president of the Guelph Chapter. I've always loved surrounding myself with genuine and passionate people who all care deeply about making the world a little bit better every day.

"Love is friendship caught on fire" -Unknown





Brittany Lee (blee06@mail.uoguelph.ca) Summer 2014 Junior Fellow


Program: Environmental Engineering, Minor in Asking Tough Questions

Interests: International Politics/Aid, Mining and Extractives, Chocolate and Bouldering

Why EWB? Why not! I liked that EWB was more than just providing quick fix solutions, that they're super concerned with understanding the current situation, and how it's affecting the people. I liked that they took an alternative path, the 'road less traveled' as some would say. I especially liked that it connected me to a network of brilliant, passionate people who constantly remind me of the potential that the world, and the people that inhabit it have. I've stayed because of the people and the personal learning and growth that I've experienced from being a part of this organization.

Inspirational Quote: "No fairy tale is fairly told." (and because I could choose, I also love this quote) "[Speak] Without crowding the words that might need a minute to form."

Joan Thompson (jthomp18@mail.uoguelph.ca)

Strategy Team

Program: Water Resources Engineering

Focus: Fair Trade

Why in EWB: What I love most about EWB is that it is constantly subject to change. There is never an attitude of “well, we’ve always done it this way, so we’re going to keep doing it like this”. I have also met some of the most kind-hearted, intelligent and fiercely independent people here and with this organization there is always an opportunity to engage in some deep, passionate conversations.

Bio: I was raised in a large family in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. When I was three, my mom showed me a nest of baby toads and I was so excited I grabbed a few and accidentally squished them in my fist.

Inspirational Quote:

As far as we can discern,
the sole purpose of human existence
is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
- Carl Jung





Rebecca Wolff (rwolff@mail.uoguelph.ca)

Strategy Team

Program: Arts and Science

I am in charge of organizing events for our general ma meetings include learning sessions and community outreach.

My interests are in youth capacity building, redefining development and social determinants of health.

I have worked in Peru and Ecuador on a variety of research and development projects since 2012. I am currently conducting research on Indigenous health in Peru.

"Think you are to small to make a difference? Try sleeping with a mosquito." Dalai Lama






Mark O'Reilly (oreilly@mail.uoguelph.ca)

Strategy Team

Program: Biomedical Engineering

Focus/Interests: Health Policy, Social Determinants of Health

Why I was interested in EWB: At first I, like a lot of other people, was confused about what EWB actually did. Once I was found out that building wells was not one of their ventures, and that what they actually focus on is changing the social and political systems that cause problems such as water shortage, my interest was piqued and I have not looked back. Joining a group that actually focuses on the roots of the problems rather than just trying to come in and “save the day” with one solution, appears to me as the only realistic way that I can contribute to solving widespread poverty. I am excited about all the upcoming opportunities I will have a part of EWB as well the challenges that come along with them.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela

Lorne Schwarzberg (schwarzl@mail.uoguelph.ca) Strategy Team

Program: Commerce - Accounting

Focus: Economic Influences

Why I Was Interested In EWB? The world is heading to uncharted territory where the consequences of humanity's past decisions and inaction are coming to light. It is impossible for the western world to consume like they did at historic rates, and a global demand for the inalienable rights of all people to be upheld, has risen. Proactive measures must be taken to correct the mistakes caused by past governments and regimes. EWB focuses on the root causes of these major issues, rather then cleaning up their effects and to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people, entire systems have to be overhauled.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Katie McNair (mcnairk@mail.uoguelph.ca) Communications

I'm a second year environmental engineering students who loves chocolate, tea and cute animal videos!

I joined EWB at the beginning of my second year to find out more about what they do, and I greatly enjoyed learning about bettering our local community in my first semester of involvement! Through my involvement with the club so far, I've loved learning about systemic change as a stable way to improve living conditions for people around the world. I've been inspired by all the new people I met who are so passionate about making positive change in the world!

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." – Maya Angelou

Gabriel Rosales (grosales@mail.uoguelph.ca) Website Administrator

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