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Off the Clock

September 16th, 2014

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

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September 9th, 2014

Roller derby grrrl: Off the clock with Natasha Jesenak

Natasha Jesenak (a.k.a. ‘Nasher the Smasher’) in London, 2014 / Photo credit: John Hesse Natasha Jesenak, Supervisor Student & Instructor Services, School of Continuing Studies Natasha has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) for almost nine years. What do you do off the clock? I play roller derby. How did you first become interested in … Read More

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September 4th, 2014

Toastmaster: Off the clock with Yvonne Heath

Yvonne Heath, Technology Liaison Academic Collaborative Technology, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation Yvonne has been at the University of Toronto (U of T ) off and on for 23 years. “I teach technology to people who just want to get stuff done, and I learn as much from them as they do from me.” What do you do off … Read More

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August 28th, 2014

Bird bander: Off the clock with Debbie Buehler

Debbie Buehler, Editorial & Proposal Development Officer Research Services Office Debbie has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) since 2012. “I will be starting in a new role as research and data analyst in the Dean’s Office at the Faculty of Arts and Science in September. Before that I trained at U of T … Read More

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August 21st, 2014

Tai chi martial artist: Off the clock with Céline Lévesque

Céline Lévesque, Head, Oral Microbiology Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry Canada Research Chair in Oral Microbial Genetics Céline has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) for 11 years. What do you do off the clock? I practice and teach the Chinese martial art of tai chi. How did you first become interested in … Read More

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July 17th, 2014

Queer and Mennonite? Off the clock with Jan Guenther Braun

Jan Guenther Braun, Office of the Registrar Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design Jan has been at the University of Toronto (U of T) for a year and four months. Jan has worked as a student services assistant and faculty office assistant. “Mostly my job is front-line student services, which requires a lot of creative problem solving, … Read More

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July 10th, 2014

Mindful meditation: Off the clock with Terry Lavender

Terry Lavender, Senior Communications Strategist, Strategic Communications & Marketing Terry has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for one and a half years. What do you do off the clock? I teach people mindful meditation and I do research for my PhD on how technology can be used to alleviate chronic pain. How did you … Read More

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July 4th, 2014

Get grilling: Off the clock with Dale Mullings

Dale Mullings, Assistant Dean Students & International Initiatives, UTM Dale has been with the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) for 11 years. When Tara Herriot, a communications coordinator with Student Housing & Residence Life at UTM, nominated her colleague Dale Mullings for an Off the Clock profile, she told us that he barbeques the best food on … Read More

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May 27th, 2014

Encaustic and acrylic artist: Off the clock with Vashty Hawkins

Vashty Hawkins, Assistant to the Vice Dean, Continuing Professional Development, Medicine Vashty has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) since 1989. What do you do off the clock? I am an encaustic (wax) and acrylic artist, currently a member of the Rose Will Studio artist collective in the west end and also currently … Read More

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February 25th, 2014

Off the clock with Advancement’s Black History Luncheon volunteers

Black History Luncheon Volunteers, Division of University Advancement Collectively, staff members have been with the University of Toronto (U of T) since 1992. Every year in February, the Division of University Advancement (DUA) hosts a Black History Luncheon to celebrate black history and culture in Canada. The luncheon is organized by a group of DUA … Read More

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February 6th, 2014

Supporting Kenyan children orphaned by HIV / AIDS: Off the clock with Njoki Wane

Professor Njoki Wane, Status of Women Advisor Author of the upcoming memoir, From My Mother’s Back “The boy, not more than four years old, was dressed in the pants of an adult male. I immediately thought, ‘Were they the pants of his deceased father?’ A belt fashioned with rope, the waist band rolled up to … Read More

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January 28th, 2014

The anthologist: Off the clock with Brianna Goldberg

Brianna Goldberg, Staff Reporter, U of T News Brianna has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for one year. What do you do off the clock? For the past two-and-a-half years I’ve been writing, co-editing, producing and promoting a labour of love called EAT IT: Sex, Food & Women’s Writing. It’s a … Read More

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November 26th, 2013

The comedy writer: Off the clock with Justine Garrett

Justine Garrett, Coordinator, Academic Programs & Planning, Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs Justine has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for one year. What do you do off the clock? Off the clock, I’m a comedy writer and improviser. I moved to Toronto from Los Angeles in August 2012. One of the best … Read More

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November 14th, 2013

Environmental activism: Off the clock with Mel Duhamel

Mel Duhamel, Assistant Director, BioZone, Applied Science & Engineering Mel has worked with the University of Toronto (U of T) since 2007. “I’ve been at the University for about 17 years, starting with my BASc and PhD in Chemical Engineering. I did leave for two years to work in environmental consulting but returned to take on my current job … Read More

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October 1st, 2013

The jazz guitarist: Off the clock with Gray Graffam

Gray Graffam, Lecturer, Media Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Gray has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for two years. What do you do off the clock? I play jazz guitar at public venues, particularly the lounge scene. How did you first become interested in playing guitar? I started playing music … Read More

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September 24th, 2013

Playing for patients: Off the clock with Anne Simmonds

Anne Simmonds, Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Anne has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) since 2005. “I started at the Faculty of Nursing in 1999 as a master’s student, then a PhD student, and have been teaching at the Faculty since 2005, focusing on ethics and women’s health.” What … Read More

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September 17th, 2013

Earth explorer: Off the clock with Nick Eyles

Professor Nick Eyles, Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Nick has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) “for 31 wonderful years.” What do you do off the clock? What I truly enjoy doing is travelling either by motorcycle or by boat to discover new geological sites, especially in Ontario. I ride … Read More

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September 10th, 2013

The gourmand: Off the clock with Sarah Lavoie

Sarah Lavoie, Administrative Assistant, Computer Science Sarah has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for just over two years. What do you do off the clock? I do lots of different things when I’m not in the office, but one of my biggest passions (besides traveling) is food! I would definitely call … Read More

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July 25th, 2013

Rallying for people living with HIV / AIDS: Off the clock with Louis Charpentier

Louis Charpentier, Secretary, Governing Council Louis has been with the University of Toronto (U of T) for 34 years. What do you do off the clock? My current off the clock activity is training for the Friends for Life Bike Rally. What is the Friends for Life Bike Rally? The Friends for Life Bike Rally … Read More

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July 18th, 2013

Urban fantasy novelist: Off the clock with Erin Vollick

Erin Vollick, Senior Communications, Media, & Alumni Relations Officer Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering What do you do off the clock? I write novels. My latest three are all urban fantasy novels. I love the genre fantasies set in the real world, in city spaces, with regular people. My latest is a retelling of the … Read More

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