As a high school student at Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School in Ontario, Dylan Collins (Loran Scholar ’10) owned and operated Collins Care, a business he founded to make use of his alpaca, llama, and goat husbandry skills. He further applied his expertise in this field as a member of the marketing committee for a national alpaca association. Dylan also coached soccer and became a certified equine massage therapist.
After being selected as a Loran Scholar, he moved to British Columbia where he studied biochemistry at the University of Victoria. He was co-president of the university’s Biochemistry and Microbiology Student Society, a volunteer with the BC Cancer Agency and a member of the AIDS Vancouver Island board of directors.
Dylan’s summer experiences complemented and broadened his academic studies. Following his first year, Dylan interned with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Kenya. He worked in partnership with a rural primary healthcare clinic to increase the capacity of diagnostic services for malaria, typhoid fever and other tropical infections for the 20,000+ residents of the Kakamega rainforest and surrounding area.
Recognizing a growing interest in public health, for his public policy summer, Dylan interned with the provincial harm reduction team at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. There, he supported the development of the province’s take-home naloxone program, an initiative aimed at reducing opioid overdose-related morbidity and mortality.
For his third summer, Dylan worked as an analyst on the healthcare practice team of the management consulting group with KPMG in Edmonton. He credits the summer program with giving him the freedom and practical experience to better understand his community and his own goals and motivations. “The diversity of experience I’ve gained through the summer enrichment program has created an unsurpassed foundation from which to launch my future career as a public health scholar,” says Dylan.
Dylan was the 15th Loran Scholar to be selected as a Rhodes Scholar. He began his studies in public health at Oxford in Fall 2014.