20-year-old Kayla is from Pinware, Labrador. She is completing a Bachelor of Science degree, focusing in environmental science, at MUN’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, and is considering pursuing education in the future.

An avid volunteer, Kayla has helped with security at the Special Olympics, volunteered at the Grenfell Campus Emergency Food Bank, and is listed as a volunteer for the Jack Satellite Summit—a summit by Jack.org, an organization that discusses mental illness and wellness. Additionally, Kayla has been involved with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days, the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, and Let’s Talk Science. Kayla’s hoped that in joining Let’s Talk Science, she could help spark interest in sciences from young people in southern Labrador.

Kayla also has several certifications, including Mental Health First Aid, St. John Ambulance WEBSK, and a fire arms license. She has completed courses such as Tattered Teddies and Straight Talk.

In the future, Kayla hopes to return home and create opportunities in southern Labrador that are currently unavailable. Typically, students wishing to pursue further education after high school are forced to leave small towns and endure high expenses of living in an urban centre. This often discourages students from moving out. Kayla wants to change this, and aims to encourage youth to complete further education despite perceived disadvantages. She hopes to give back to the community that gave a lot to her.