Myriam Faucher (Loran Scholar ’13) started her undergraduate studies believing that she was on the path to medical school. It was her experiences during the summer months that shaped her academic interests and introduced her to new career opportunities.
Following her first year of study, Myriam worked for the Cardoza y Aragon Popular Culture Center in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. She supported programming for local children and developed her Spanish language competencies by taking classes at Proyecto Lingüístico Quetzalteco and living with a host family. Learning about the complexity of community development issues in this immersive context helped Myriam to consider new fields of study.
“The Loran Scholars program taught me not to be afraid to take a non-linear path in my professional development and that, often, diverse learning experiences form excellent foundations to inspire innovation.”
For her public policy summer, Myriam worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs as a policy and programs assistant in regional economic development for Northern Ontario. She compiled a database on food processors in the region, helping to identify development opportunities in the sector. Her work also included research on the relationship between conservation efforts of endangered species and conventional agriculture practices, and generational knowledge transfer in farming. It was in this role that Myriam first discovered an interest in community health and food policy issues.
During her final summer, Myriam continued to explore the food sector in a for-profit model, by joining the sales team at Edible Canada, a cultural- and gastro-tourism company on Granville Island in Vancouver. She helped the company streamline their online shop and inventory in advance of a major expansion, and supported merchandising and wholesale ordering for the company.
Myriam recently completed her Honours BSc in Psychology at the University of Ottawa, where she worked as a Community Advisor and a Team Lead in residence, and piloted a Living Learning Community focused on community engagement and leadership development. Building on the experiences during her summer placements, she is now pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh and completing a MSc Food Security as a Ricard Scholar.