Excellence in Women's Leadership 2009
Vicky Mah completed her BSc. (Hons) degree at UCalgary in 2004, and then went on to pursue graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry. She completed the requirements for a PhD in inorganic chemistry, and received her degree at the November 2009 convocation ceremony. Vicky has been an active member of the chemistry research community: she frequently presented her work at national and international conferences, published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, and received several competitive graduate research awards during her studies.
Vicky joined the Women's Resource Centre as a volunteer in September 2007, and worked actively with the peer support and diversity programs. As a peer supporter she made the WRC a warm and welcoming place for newcomers, listened and shared with those around her, and provided needed resources to students and staff. As a member of the diversity team, Vicky worked on projects to promote and celebrate diversity, including a poster campaign honouring the achievements of Black Canadian women, and the Drums for Diversity Voices for Change event to commemorate March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racism. As a part of the WRC's goals of connecting women through sharing and learning, she was involved in planning volunteer recognition events, and organizing craft activities.
Vicky is passionate about learning more about the vast field of science. She feels strongly about helping marginalized people, which motivated her to volunteer at the WRC. In the future, she hopes to continue to expand her knowledge and contribution to both these areas.