In India, Shikha has worked for seven years as an Occupational Therapist, a researcher, and a health policy advocate for vulnerable rural, urban, and tribal communities living across various parts of the country. In India, Shikha worked on national health programs in the capacity of a national consultant to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. During her clinical practice, Shikha has worked as an “Early Intervention Therapist” for children with developmental disabilities.
At Queen’s, Shikha has worked on over 10 research projects in collaboration with faculty members across various disciplines and schools. Shikha has disseminated her research at national and international conferences and in several peer-reviewed journals. Shikha enjoys teaching, having taught an M.Sc. Occupational Therapy course and received several teaching assistantships for graduate courses. She also sits on various academic and student level committees at Queen’s and has been serving as a volunteer within the Kingston community. Recently, she initiated and secured funding for a project on academic writing support for international doctoral students and their supervisors at Queen’s University to identify key strategies for students, supervisors, and those who support students and faculty towards success in academic writing.
Ronak is passionate about teaching, scientific communication, and scientific outreach. During his undergraduate studies, Ronak was an active member of an initiative called Abhigyaan, where he taught underprivileged children and workers from slums around campus. He also volunteered in government schools in Bangalore, where he taught mathematics to children from low-income households. At JNCASR, he was part of a science outreach program called “Student Buddy” with which he organized lab tours and demonstrations for high school students from around Bangalore. Finally, Ronak has disseminated his research and knowledge through both media and peer-reviewed publications. He has been a freelance science writer with some of India’s leading publications and news outlets, including The Wire, DIGIT Magazine, and FactorDaily.
In India, she volunteered with DRISTI – an NGO focused on bridging the development gap between rural and urban India. In recognition of her leadership, volunteer work, and academic achievements she was chosen as a 2013 Cargill Global Scholar from India and has since received other awards and fellowships at UBC.
She is also founder of the project ‘The Everyday Nature‘ which aims to understand the perceptions of people towards nature. Prior to joining RES, Helina worked in India with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) (Link) as advisor to Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. At GIZ she supported The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity India Initiative (Link). She also volunteers at her husband’s solar social enterprise, Boond (www.boond.net), which works to provide clean solar energy access to some of the poorest communities in India.
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