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ONFE Volunteers in Education Spotlight: Terrin Stachiw

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Terrin Stachiw

As part of the National Volunteer Week celebration, ONFE is placing the spotlight on a few volunteers creating change in our community by fueling kids and igniting learning.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Terrin. Since a young age, I have found my myself perpetually amazed by flight and this has led me to get a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and I now work as a flight test and flight simulation consultant. I also enjoy staying active–when I’m not working, you will find me cycling, or playing hockey or volleyball.  

2.            What made you decide to volunteer with the Volunteers in Education Program ?  

I have always had a passion for teaching and mentoring, serving as a teaching assistant throughout university. I hope to bring my passion and unique perspective for math and science to inspire and motivate students.  

3.            What is your personal philosophy on life? 

My personal philosophy is to never refuse an opportunity and to make the most of it. It is in new situations that you learn the most and where you can push the boundaries of what you believed you could do. 

4.            If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to and why? 

I would fast forward to Bluesfest 2022 because, with a little bit of luck, the world will be back to normal by then. 

5.            For 24 hours, you can steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc. which one would you claim?   

Picasso said “good artists copy, great artists steal” and Newton said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” In many ways, the foundation for my work as an engineer and researcher is building on the ideas of others and taking credit for work that would not have been possible without other “giants”. 

6.            What is your favorite hidden gem in Ottawa?  

This may not be a single gem, but I enjoy the network of cycling in and around the Ottawa area. If I had to pick a favourite route, it would be through Gatineau Park and to the Wakefield Covered Bridge. 

7.            What was the single greatest lesson of this past year and what did it teach you about yourself? 

This past year taught me the importance of taking time to reflect. Through this I can see what is truly important, both in my career, personal, and family life, and ensure that I have my priorities set accordingly. 

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