Volunteering

Below are organizations that Justin has volunteered for. 

http://www.beakerhead.org/

A smash up of arts, science and engineering in Calgary!

September 11 to 15, 2013

This was the first Beakerhead event, a concept initially conceived by Jay Ingram and Mary Anne Moser.  As a volunteer, Justin was involved in the opening ceremony at Stampede Park, events on Stephen Avenue and the East Village in downtown Calgary, and a catapult competition held out at Fort Calgary.  His responsibilities included:
  • General volunteer duties (set up and clean up)
  • Field safety lead for the catapult competition (organized 15 other volunteers to keep the field clear during the event to protect spectators at the competition, and the general public walking around Fort Calgary)
Justin continues to volunteer each year at Beakerhead (just finished its fourth year in 2017), primarily helping to set up, attend, and then clean up at various events around the City of Calgary.  Due to greater work commitments his efforts have decreased from his first year with Beakerhead, but Justin makes time to help out with a couple of events every year.

www.haysboro.org

Haysboro is an inner-city community in the South-West quadrant of the city of Calgary.  Established in 1958, Haysboro is bound by Heritage Drive to the north, Macleod Trail to the east, 98th Avenue (an alley north of Southland Drive) to the south and 14 Street and the Glenmore Reservoir to the west.  The volunteer Community Association Board deals with the day to day operations involved with running the community owned facilities.  This includes the maintenance of the community hall, tennis courts, hockey rinks and the property surrounding them, in addition to organizing many fund-raising events.

From 2015 to 2017, Justin was a member of the Haysboro Community Association (HCA) Board.  His primary responsibilities are to increase community membership from the residential towers along Horton Road (of which he is a resident), which are approximately 10% of the overall population of Haysboro.  This involves acting as a liaison between the HCA Board and the condominium boards, and organizing events to increase participation of the residential towers in their community.  He has also participated in events across the community to help with fundraising.

Justin used his experience and knowledge as a transportation engineer to assist with several community traffic issues, primarily focused on traffic calming, and improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.  He was a founding member of the planning committee for the HCA, this group worked with the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design, the Federation of Calgary Communities, and the City of Calgary to develop a Community Plan for Haysboro, which does not have an Area Structure / Redevelopment Plan.  Justin submitted a successful application to obtain a grant from the Alberta Traffic Safety Fund to pay for public engagement events to obtain feedback from Haysboro residents for the community plan, and to demonstrate some of the proposed improvements for new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure from the plan.

Justin was also involved in modernizing the HCA bylaws, which had only be updated piecemeal since they were written in the late 1950's.  He rewrote the bylaws to be compatible with the Alberta Societies Act and to reflect how the board operated in 2017 as compared to how it operated in the 1950's; this involved researching recent best practices for similar societies.  Justin engaged not only with the board, but with the membership of the HCA to educate people on the need to update the bylaws, and what changes were being made and why.

www.apega.org

Justin has volunteered his time with his professional association by assisting young engineers on their journey from university into the working environment.  This has included participating in the Iron Ring Workshops to teach ethics and professional responsibility to recent graduates from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University engineering programs.  Recently Justin has become involved in the Mentorship program, providing advice to proteges on the development of soft skills to improve their careers.