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Off the Clock

Autism services advocate: Off the clock with Sharon Gabison

Sharon Gabison, Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy Sharon has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) since 1995. What do you do off the clock? I’m the director of a grassroots advocacy organization called the Ontario Autism Coalition (OAC). I lead over 2,300 members in efforts to improve services for children and adults living … Read More

The humanist: Off the clock with Kim Peterson

Kim Peterson, Office Assistant, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design Kim has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) since February 2013. What do you do off the clock? I write spoken-word poetry and I try to give back to humanity through volunteering and general good deeds. My partner and I recently … Read More

How this U of T staffer rose to social media fame: Off the clock with Jose Meowtista

Paul Nakonechny, HR Analyst Paul has worked at the University of Toronto (U of T) since November 2014, was a former casual staff member and grad student. What do you do off the clock? In the summertime my girlfriend and I hold Blue Jays season tickets, so going to games and enjoying the sunshine takes up … Read More

Meet Munk School’s resident gingerbread house expert & singer: Off the clock with Sarah Namer

Sarah Namer Assistant to the Director, Munk School of Global Affairs Sarah has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) for five years: three at the Munk School and two at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. What do you do off the clock? My principal ‘off the clock’ activity, year round, is … Read More

From law to literary fiction: Off the clock with Judith McCormack

Judith McCormack Assistant Dean, Graduate Program, Faculty of Law Judith has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) since 2001. Since 2001, Judith has worked at U of T as executive director of the Community Legal Clinic & Clinical Education Program and as acting assistant dean for professional legal education programs. What do you do off the clock? … Read More

From competitor to commissaire: Off the clock with Anne Cobban

Anne Cobban, Director Alumni Engagement & Partnerships When Anne Cobban took the Ontario Cycling Association’s introductory officiating course in 2006, her instructor was an international official in her early 60s from Quebec. Part way through the course, Anne thought, “If she can do this, maybe I can too.” And she did. Anne sees officiating as an … Read More

From surgery to startup: Off the clock with Dr. John Semple

Dr. John Semple Professor & Surgeon-in-Chief, Women’s College Hospital What do you do off the clock? Family is the biggest part of my life. My wife and I met when I was a resident and we realized that we were celebrating our shared birthday at the hospital. We have four amazing kids that are now exploring … Read More

Balancing stone sculpture and political philosophy: Off the clock with Ronald Beiner

Professor Ronald Beiner, Political Science Professor Ronald Beiner has taught political philosophy at the University of Toronto for 31 years. He is currently a professor of political science at U of T Mississauga. Ronald balances the demands of an academic career with his love of sculpting. How and when did you first become interested in sculpting? I’ve … Read More

Taking DIY to new heights: Off the clock with Dr. Joe Foster

Dr. Joe Foster, Dentistry Dr. Joe Foster has been a part-time clinical demonstrator in the Faculty of Dentistry for the past 27 years. “I’ll supervise a group of around 15 to 20 [upper year] dental students who are working on real people (rather than the plastic teeth they practice on). If they’re doing something complicated like fillings, I’ll guide them … Read More

A bestselling romance writer: Off the clock with Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall, Senior Communications Officer Jenny has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) for 12 years. What do you do off the clock? I publish romance novels under the pen name Jenny Holiday. I write contemporary romance set in Toronto and historical romance set in early 19th century England. How did you first become … Read More

Sky Gardens and serving the community: Off the clock with Colin Anderson

Colin Anderson, Communications & Student Programs, Civil Engineering Colin has worked at the University of Toronto (U of T)  for seven years. What do you do off the clock? I am an auxiliary sergeant with the Toronto Police Service (TPS). I am also the University’s staff-side manager of the U of T Sky Garden Project. What do … Read More

The jazz singer: Off the clock with Teresa Marchione

Teresa Marchione, Benefits Advisor Teresa has been with the University of Toronto since 2009. How did you become a vocalist? Like many teenage girls, I loved to sing and the music was on everywhere I went. In grade seven I was cast in the leading role as Sandy at our school production of Grease, which opened my … Read More

Mentor: Off the clock with Shayna Kulman-Lipsey

Shayna Kulman-Lipsey, Manager, Counselling Services, Health Professions Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine Shayna has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for four years. What do you off the clock? I mentor students in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, which recently presented me with the Outstanding Alumni Mentor Award. How did you become involved … Read More

The guy who bakes: Off the clock with Ike Okafor

Ike Okafor, Senior Officer, Service Learning & Diversity Outreach, Faculty of Medicine Ike has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for 11 years. What do you do off the clock? I love to bake macarons and cakes for weddings and charities. For a few years, I have been baking under my own brand, Guy … Read More

Australian rules footballer and Anishnaabemowin student: Off the clock with Rochelle Allan

Rochelle Allan, Indigenous Peoples’ Undergraduate Medical Education Program Coordinator Rochelle has worked with the University of Toronto (U of T) for about nine years. What do you do off the clock? I have several interests that keep me busy outside of work. This includes learning the Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe) language and playing Australian rules football. What sparked … Read More

Choral singer and wedding organist: Off the clock with Bruce Russell

Bruce Russell, Academic Director, International Programs, New College Bruce has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) since 2004. Bruce plays Knox College’s organ at weddings and sings in a local choir. What do you do off the clock? I play the organ for weddings in Knox College chapel, and I’ve been singing … Read More

Digital intermediate colourist: Off the clock with Walter Grabowski

Walter Grabowski, Audiovisual Support Analyst, Simcoe Hall Walter has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for seven months. What do you do ‘off the clock?’ I am a digital intermediate colourist (DI Colourist); I provide colour grading services for independent filmmakers. What is a DI colourist? Basically, I balance the brightness and colour saturation, adjusting … Read More

Scuba diver: Off the clock with Karen Parisien

Karen Parisien, Assistant Director Division of Comparative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Karen has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for almost 30 years. What do you do off the clock? I am so privileged to be able to share my passion for scuba diving. I am a member of the Hart House Underwater Club … Read More

Small business owner: Off the clock with Craig Daniels

Craig Daniels, Business Manager, Department of Anesthesia Craig has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) for three years and two months. What do you do off the clock? I, along with my partner Ben, start small businesses. At the moment we are running three businesses, each at various stages of growth. Tell us … Read More

Culinary tourist: Off the clock with Michelle Deeton

Michelle Deeton, Director, Institutional Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation Michelle has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) for three years. Before that, she worked at the University Health Network (UHN) for 10 years for three U of T professors, with research operations at U of T and UHN. What do you do off … Read More