Members & Contact Info

International Development Staff

If you have any questions about our program or any ideas or initiatives you would like to propose, feel free to contact us by email as per below:

SAID email – said.waterloo@gmail.com

Program Director – Bruce Frayne: bfrayne@uwaterloo.ca

Field Placement Coordinator – Grainne Ryder: gryder@uwaterloo.ca

Academic Advisor – Karen Robertson: krobertson@uwaterloo.ca

Environment Students Society (ESS): environment.student.society@gmail.com

SAID Executive Council 2015-2016

As your 2015-2016 Executive Council, we are committed towards ensuring that all International Development students are well represented throughout the University of Waterloo.

If you have any questions, concerns, input, or great ideas to contribute, please feel encouraged to email us at said.waterloo@gmail.com!

 President – Linneah Tovstiga

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I had a teacher in grade 7 and 8, Beth Carey, who incorporated INDEV into almost every     single thing she taught, and her influence stuck with me. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been truly passionate about – I can’t imagine being anywhere else or doing anything else.

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in International Development or SAID?

Professionally, I want to work with municipal governments on urban planning-related environmental sustainability projects, particularly in waste management. Indev has given me the tools to get there. Personally, I want to stay outside my comfort zone. That could mean anything – living abroad, pursuing a demanding career, having a family, not having a family, changing my mind in my 40s and going back to school… this program has challenged me in a million different ways and opened my eyes to a million different things and I think the most important thing I’ve learned is that the world is huge and it’s a shame to stay in my own tiny corner. I don’t want to look back at the end of my life and regret not taking a chance or an opportunity just because maintaining the status quo was easier?

3. What does it mean to be an inspiring individual to you?

(I’m going to write this about the people who inspire me most)

An inspiring person is authentic, unapologetic, passionate, and understanding enough to know when those three things have become overwhelming and they need to leave some room. An inspiring person is a leader when they need to be, and a follower when someone else needs a chance to shine. They’re someone you can confide in and trust, someone who can fight for what’s important to them but also chooses their battles carefully. They’re strong. They’re vulnerable. They’re humble, but they know exactly what they’re worth. An inspiring person encourages everyone around them to be their best self, whatever that looks like.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

I would go home.

Or southeast Asia.

5. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

You’re worth the time and effort people are putting into you – start acting like it.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

People are going to make fun of you for taking all of those selfies in middle school, and they WILL be immortalized in a family photo album. Make sure you only keep the good ones.

6. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

How to study! (These questions were not answered as a form of procrastination)

Is a language a skill? I want to be trilingual – English, French, German.

Presidential Role

 

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Vice President Internal – Ian Chui

 

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I am interested in learning many aspects of study, politics, economy, social, environment,

and INDEV does fulfills my needs.

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in International

Development or SAID?

To me, INDEV is my family. Everytime I go to my INDEV class, I feel home. Being part of

SAID this year, I really hope to unite all the indev kids and experience the journey of

INDEV together. #indevlife

3. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

Paris probably, I went there when I was in grade 7 and I missed such romantic and

historical city so much. One country in my future bucket list is Vietnam. I love pho as well

as the vietnamese history.

4. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

do your readings! i just couldn’t do all of them because i read so slow. but i am trying….

5. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

I wish I can speak fluent French but I just suck at it.

Vice Presidential Role – Internal

 

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Vice President Finance – Samir Haji

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I wanted to study International Development because it gives me the opportunities and resources to make a difference in someone’s life. Also, studying international development allows me to see the world and experience different cultures.

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in International

Development or SAID?

Through my involvement in International Development and SAID, I hope to create strong relationships between all INDEV students, and faculty members.

3. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

In my opinion, to be an inspiring individual, one must provoke a strong sense of desire in others to take action and do something extraordinary.

4. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

If I were to travel today anywhere, it would actually not be too far from home. One place I would want to visit is Northern Canada. I believe Northern Canada is truly a hidden gem waiting to be discovered!

5. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

If I could learn one new skill, it would probably be learning a new language! As an future development practitioners, I think it is extremely important for us to learn as many languages as possible in order to be successful in our careers.

Vice Presidential Role – External

 

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Vice President Finance – Seyni Mbaye

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I am studying indev because getting my country (Senegal) and my continent (Africa) out of poverty, misery rank high in my agenda. With my indev degree, I think I will be able to achieve little of that goal

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in International

Gather some hands on experience that I can use in the future

3. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

My home country, Senegal with my friends and family

4. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Keep dreaming big, bro

5. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

Public speaking

Vice Presidential Role – Finance

 

Internal Directors & Cohort Reps. 2015-2016

Conference Directors -Kaitlyn Medcalf, Sarah Wilkinson

Fun Fact: Information Pending

 

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3rd Year Rep – Shantyle Andres

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I have always been interested in the history of development and the changes that have occurred over time. Being a first generation Filipino-Canadian, I’ve always wondered why the Philippines and Canada had such differences growing up. As I continued visiting multiple third world countries, I got to experience different cultures and lifestyles, which has kept me interesting and engaged in international development.

5. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

Some where tropical and by the ocean, I love the water… I’m a secret mermaid.

7. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

To learn Latin, I ‘ve always wanted to speak multiple languages. Learning and understanding Latin will allow for a better and easier understanding of multiple languages.

 

2nd Year Rep – Morgan Gitt

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I wanted to study International Development because of its interdisciplinary nature; I love history, language, political science, and law. International Development brought all these things together in a global context.

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in International

Being involved in student government has always been a goal of mine, so I’m excited to be a part of SAID this year. Student government is a great starting point for me to develop my knowledge of the inner workings of government and decision-making, while getting to know the amazing people in my program.

5. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

Germany; I have German heritage, so I’d love to visit the country where my family lived.

 

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1st Year Rep – Danielle Hak

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I have always been extremely passionate about social justice issues

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in International Development or SAID?

Through International development I hope to pursue a career in international aid work, where I would be able to travel and work in developing countries, focusing on universal education and women empowerment. Through SAID I hope to meet other like minded individuals who are passionate about international development throughout all years of the program

3. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

If I could go anywhere in the world today I would go back to India. I spent three weeks in India in August 2014 and I would love to go back and spend more time there and see how the community I was working in had developed since I was there over a year ago.

4. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

one piece of advice I would give my younger self is to follow your dreams of working in international development. Others might not approve of this dream but it is your passion and you should never give up

5. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

If I could learn one new skill it would be to learn a second language

 

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Web and Media Director – Jamie Sgro

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I chose to study international development because I believe that anyone can make a difference so long as well well equipped and committed to change. Commitance to being a change-maker is easier to do than to become well versed in making positive change, hence my being here.

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in International Development or SAID?

I hope to be able to merge the field of business and development together to make socially responsible enterprises that are able to benefit from doing good in a sustainable way.

3. What does it mean to be an inspiring individual to you?

I hope to be able to better apply the skills I have to be effective in the local context of a specific area.

Being an inspiring individual is about being able to change the trajectories of another persons life through intrinsic values, like your way of living rubbing off on another.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

I quite like canada right now. I think I’ll stick around for a bit.

5. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Hmm, back in time eh? I think I’d have to tell that little punk to keep doing what he’s doing, and to value life today as you have it.

6. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

I wish I could become more empathetic for others and their issues day-to-day, not that I completely lack empathy as it stands, it’s just something I’d like to be more in touch with.

 

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Event Director – Shiza Khalid

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I study INDEV to get a better understanding of the concepts and issues that surround topics such as education and food security that I’m very passionate about because I truly believe that everyone should have access to these things regardless of where they live in the world

2. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

That is a very hard question, I would love to travel to every place in the world, however if I have to choose, I would say South Africa or New Zealand

4. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Always believe in yourself because you have the ability to be the best no matter how hard a situation may seem

6. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

The skill of not procrastinating

 

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Event Director – Rosie Jervase

Rosie Jervase I am a 3rd year International Development Student at the University of Waterloo. My passion is to do the best I can to help others with the resources I have been given, and this is the reason for my love for being an INDEVOR. Thus, through SAID I am hopeful that I can engage all INDEV students to take initiative, be involved in their community and strive to be global citizens.

 

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Social Director (non-academic)– Maxine Cowlan

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I’ve been passionate about helping others, and traveling is something I’ve always wanted to do. In INDEV you get to do both those things at the same time, and you know what they say, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life

2. What are some hopes/dreams that you hope to reach through your involvement in

Through INDEV I hope to change the way people view the impoverished and what development is 4. What does it mean to be an inspiring individual to you? Having the courage to put others before yourself and the strength to realize that the decisions you make can impact others

3. If you could go anywhere in the world today, where would it be?

The Philippines, I would love to see my family, especially my lola

4. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Don’t sweat the little things in life

5. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

Learn to play the guitar

 

Social Director (academic)– Fiona Murray

1. Why did you want to study international development?

I wanted to study INDEV because I really liked how interdisciplinary it is, I love that you can look at INDEV from so many different perspectives and I love the problem-solving aspect. (And all the people I’ve met are pretty great too).

2. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

If I could go back in time I would tell my past self to stop worrying! Come to think of that I would tell my present self that also.

3. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

If I could learn one new skill, it would be to speak another language. I really want to learn to speak Irish Gaelic, although I’m not sure what practical purpose that would serve.

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