The first meeting of the 2012-2013 Ocean Students Society was on Wednesday. Excited members met down at Fisherman’s Wharf for a potlatch and more informal meet n’ greet for our first time around. It was great to see both old and new faces as well as a range of ocean conscious minds from Biology Major first years to History Major fifth years to a couple of students from the Camosun College tech program. It was also great to see and smell all of the food that everyone brought!
We started the meeting off by going around the circle introducing ourselves and declaring what we love about the ocean. I then introduced our sponsor, Ocean Networks Canada, to those who were unfamiliar.
If you are unfamiliar with ONC, here is a short briefing. Ocean Networks Canada is a not-for-profit organization who supports two underwater cabled observatories, NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS. ONC also has a very active Education team who works to support and provide educational marine programming to students and educators from K-12 all the way to the university and post-grad levels. As part of the post-secondary program, the Education team focuses on helping students gain new skills and new connections to each other and to professionals so that they will be able to stay in the field after they graduate. Therefore, facilitating the creation of the OSS and supporting it is a keen interest for ONC.
After a quick food break, the discussion naturally progressed towards the types of professional development opportunities that members thought the club could offer. It was the consensus of the group that professional development is important and offering courses or workshops in which members can gain skills to put on their resume and to diversify themselves in the field would be a great service that the club could provide. We were thinking that safety courses and marine certifications as well as communications workshops would be great for the club to be able to provide to its members.
What types of workshops or training would you like to see?
The discussion then turned to questions about becoming a certificated diver and questions about the mysterious process that gets you from the bachelors degree to the tenure track.
We wrapped up the meeting by discussing other events for the upcoming year, like the brand new Inspire Ocean Discussion Series and possible trip to Goldstream Park to see the salmon run.
After this meeting I am even more excited for this year of OSS activity!
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