It can be found in mentors, collaborators and those who have led the way. It can be found in those you are reaching out to or are helping to make a difference in their lives. It can also be found when your efforts receive recognition.
For the many members of the Neuroscience Outreach Program of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS), they have found inspiration in all these places.
The graduate student-run initiative combines a total of 11 outreach programs – from organizing social, physical and learning activities to raising awareness about concussions and brain and mental health, reaching out to everyone from toddlers to seniors – in the Queen’s and Kingston-area communities and was recently recognized with the Canadian Association of Neuroscience’s (CAN) first Advocacy Award for promoting neuroscience to the public.
It’s a major achievement that has helped raise awareness of the group’s work at the local and national level, says Noor Al Dahhan, a doctoral student and co-director of SEEDS, a neuroscience enrichment course for students in grades 7 and 8, as well as the Social Club at Providence Care.