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november 2014

coffee with a co-worker

Name: Celine Taillefer-Travers Title: Academic Program Assistant Where you can find her: Rcw304, Research and Academic Centre West, Brantford campus. Drink of choice: Double-double coffee.

How long have you been at Laurier? I’ve been at Laurier four years now. I started off part-time, and was able to go full-time after about eight months on the job. What is your typical workday like? There is no typical workday! Most days, I’m helping faculty with dayto-day questions, and working with graduate students on paperwork to ensure they’re on track to graduate. With the Social Justice and Community Engagement program, for example, we only have students for a year, so it’s important to keep them on the right plan. Most days are unglamorous — answering emails and making photocopies, but I love it. What do you like to do in your spare time? Right now, I’m volunteering with an organization called National Service Dogs (NSD) training

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Edge, a black lab puppy who will eventually end up with a family who has a child with autism. It is a lot of work. I’ve always really wanted a dog, but neither my schedule nor my husband’s really allowed it, without leaving the dog home alone for long days. I talked to some people from NSD on Mental Health Awareness day back in April, and found out more about the program. We completed three months of training, and got Edge in July. We’ll have him for 12 to 16 months, and then he will complete another four to six months of advanced training before being placed with his family. When I’m not busy with Edge, I write, read and play video games. What is involved in training a service dog? Puppy-raising generally consists of basic obedience training and socialization. I teach Edge commands like “sit,” “stay,” “leave it” and “lie down,” and then we practice them in all kinds of different situations — parks, grocery stores and work. We walk to and from work each day as part of his exercise, and he usually gets a break around lunch to play or walk. When I’m in meetings or busy and can’t focus on Edge, he has a crate in my office that he can rest in. I got permission from my managers and the administration before beginning

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been great. I find it really draws me out of my comfort zone, and gets me talking to people I would never usually talk to. I’m hearing a lot about students’ dogs! By Kevin Klein

How has Edge been received on campus? It’s been very positive, and students and colleagues both love spending time with him. Even just stopping to chat with me while Edge is nearby seems to be a perk for many people. A few people who have selfidentified as having allergies or a fear of dogs has also been helpful in teaching Edge to navigate personal boundaries that he’ll encounter while being a service dog. What are your plans for the future? I would definitely consider training

Men’s & Women’s Basketball vs. Carleton University When: Nov. 21 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Where: Athletic Complex, Waterloo campus Cost: Varies

Spirit Bear by Jessie Buchanan When: Until Dec. 15 Where: Yellow Brick Wall, Brantford campus Cost: Free Artist Jessie Buchanan is a First Nations acrylic painter with Ojibway roots. Her paintings are an attempt to capture the ineffable quality of spirit (manitouwabi in Ojibway), which can be perceived in all things. It is a spiritual connection to the land that drives her work. Carolyn Wilkins

Soup and Frybread When: Nov. 20 & 27 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Aboriginal Student House, Brantford campus Cost: Free Drop in for homemade soup and delicious fresh frybread. Music at Noon When: Nov. 20 Noon – 1 p.m. Where: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo campus Cost: Free Bring your lunch and enjoy a performance by the Croatian Ensemble Cantus Ansambl.


How will Edge assist a child with autism? Everyone with autism is different, so service dogs may learn different tasks and abilities as they live with their handlers. The bulk of their duties will be helping their handler sort through the input of sensory overload that can make living with autism so stressful — alert them to important sounds like fire alarms; perform stability and orientation tasks like preventing a stumble or helping them find their next class; or simply act as a social bridge between a child with autism and society, since people are always quite curious about the service dog.

another puppy, depending on how hard handing Edge back will be — I know it will be hard! I’d love to do research on how to make workplaces more pet friendly, and see if it could work at Laurier. The response to Edge on campus has

Celine Taillefer-Travers and Edge in her office on the Brantford campus.

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the training, and they were all very supportive.

Cheer on the Golden Hawks varsity basketball teams as they face the Carleton Ravens. For tickets, visit

In recognition of World Aids Day on Dec. 1, this film tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs in Africa and the Global South in the years after 1996. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Laurier professors and representatives from Doctors Without Borders and HIV/AIDS Network.

CEO-in-Residence Speaker Series When: Nov. 26 Where: TBA Cost: Free Robert L. Strickland (BBA ’83), president of Fidelity Investments Canada ULC, will speak about leadership lessons. Time and location to be announced.

Join Ken Maly from the Faculty of Science as he explains what types of compounds display liquid crystalline phases and how these materials can be used in electronic devices.


Music at Noon When: Nov. 27 Noon – 1 p.m. Where: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo campus Cost: Free Bring your lunch and enjoy an entertaining performance by a variety of musicians and vocalists, including Kimberly Barber, Amy Hamilton, Peter Shackleton, Eric Hall, Joseph Sharp, Leslie D’Ath and the Pendrecki String Quartet. Film Screening: Fire in the Blood When: Nov. 30 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Where: RCW202, Brantford campus. Cost: Free

Exploring the Fourth State of Matter: The Design and Preparation of New Liquid Crystalline Materials When: Dec. 10 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Milton Centre for the Arts, Milton Cost: Free

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November 2014 InsideLaurier  
November 2014 InsideLaurier  

The November 2014 edition of Wilfrid Laurier University's InsideLaurier newspaper.