MTO Science Café
The MTO Science Café is a unique event in that it is organized by trainees for trainees. The goal of this science café is to increase conversation within the community about research related to mental health. This is an opportunity for trainees to share their research with the general public by giving ‘TED talk’ style talks in community settings. Both trainees and community members who attend this event find it to be a very positive experience. This is an opportunity to fine-tune your public communication skills. You don’t have to already be a great speaker to do this, as you will receive coaching from professionals within the Cumming School of Medicine. If you are interested in speaking at or participating in an MTO Science Café, please contact us.
Science in the Cinema
The University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine hosts a number Science in the Cinema events throughout the year. These are popular events for the public, which involve a screening of a popular movie at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington. This is followed by a discussion with experts from the University of Calgary about the science depicted in the film. In January on Bell Let’s Talk Day each year, the Mathison Centre has the opportunity to organize a screening and discussion of a film related to mental health. This offers members of the MTO an opportunity to volunteer and attend the event.
Ronald McDonald House
Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is an incredibly rewarding experience. The RMH is located across the street from the Alberta Children’s Hospital and serves as a home away from home so that families can be close to their children while they are being treated in the hospital. These families are under a great deal of stress, and in order to help, members of the community can sign up to prepare meals at the RMH. Volunteering at the RMH has provided members of the MTO with the opportunity to get together and do something meaningful within the community. If you are interested in volunteering for this effort, contact the MTO to pursue.