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One‑Minute Meeting with San Patten

Posted by Communications, Marketing and Creative Services on November 30, 2021 in Community Highlights

Three questions, each answered in 150 words or less. One-Minute Meeting is a quick and easy way to get to know more about your colleagues, new and old. Learn how you can nominate someone at the bottom of this post and read more about the series on Dal News.

Today's meeting is with San Patten, an instructor in the College of Sustainability.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Dal?

The students. It is always rewarding to facilitate students' learning and growth, and give future changemakers some intellectual and practical tools. I love learning from the students and how they see the world, absorbing their hope for the future.  I also love working in a multidisciplinary environment with a diversity of disciplines brought to bear on our most complex and often existential challenges.

What’s the most surprising thing we might see on your resume/cv?

I helped to establish Atlantic Canada's first overdose prevention site (HaliFIX) in 2019. I've worked as a community-based researcher and program evaluation consultant in HIV prevention and harm reduction for 20+ years. I helped build the evidence case for this life-saving health service and collect evaluation data to dispel fears and stigma.
What’s the strangest job experience you’ve ever had?

Best summer job was for Jasper National Park, surveying backcountry trail and campground users. I got to hike in the Rockies for pay! Worst summer job was selling knives door to door.

Now, nominate someone you'd like to see on One-Minute Meeting.

Is there someone at Dal you'd like to know more about? Email to suggest them for a One-Minute Meeting. Please provide contact information for the person you are nominating and let us know if you are comfortable with them knowing you nominated them (in case they ask). We'll then send the nominee an email seeing if they'd like to participate.

Previously on One-Minute Meeting:

Alisha Johnson, Manager of Alumni Relations in the Faculty of Agriculture  

Sarah Peddle, Program Manager for Service Learning in the Office of Community Partnerships and Global Health

Mateo Yorke, Assistant Director of Facilities Operations with Ancillary Services

Steve Morley, IT architect with MedIT in Dal's Faculty of Medicine

Linda Parker, Director of Housing and Conference Services at Dal

Jake MacIsaac, Assistant Director of Security Services