Amanda’s (she/her) journey with Shad began in 2009 as a Program Assistant. She later became Assistant Program Director in 2020 for the Online Shad Antares Program. Amanda started as Program Director at Shad Carleton in 2021.
What draws her to Shad is her passion for teaching and science literacy. Every year she is excited to welcome sixty students on campus, showing them Carleton University, and her hometown.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Integrated Science and a Master of Science in Biology from Carleton University, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. In addition, she holds a Management Development Program for Women professional certificate from the Sprott School of Business, and a Governance Professionals of Canada Designation.
Amanda has been part of the Carleton community for nearly 20 years. First as an undergraduate and then a graduate student, she had many professional roles in the university such as Executive Assistant, Lab Coordinator, Teaching and Research Assistant and Manager for programs like Let’s Talk Science. Currently, she holds the position of the University Secretary at Carleton University and is responsible for the coordination of the Board of Governors, Senate and the Corporate Records and Archives. As University Secretary, Amanda provides a link between the governing bodies of the University to ensure a healthy culture of governance.
Amanda is an avid gardener, you can be sure to find her sprucing up the office with a variety of indoor plants or tending to her perennial and vegetable gardens at her Manotick home. Being an enthusiast of fiction and non-fiction books, she is always looking for book recommendations. Most recently, she has been exploring Latin and ballroom dance.
Dan (he/she) started working with Shad in 2011 when Shad-Carleton made the illogical decision to hire a musician to work at a STEM and Entrepreneurship summer program…. Go figure. It seemed to work out though as his unique perspective brought a different approach to leadership, collaboration, and appreciation for the arts in the form of many variety shows and music performances.
When not Shadding, Dan is the Head of Music at St. Andrew’s College, in Aurora and also the conductor of the Toronto Youth Symphonic Winds. You might see Dan adjudicating at various festivals including Musicfest and this summer he’ll be conducting that Concert Band at the Inter-provinical Music Camp, in Parry Sound.
For fun, Dan likes to pretend he’s a golfer and has done a fantastic job of failing at learning Korean for several years in order to justify the hours he spends watching Korean Dramas and listening to Kpop.
Dan has really enjoyed working at Shad Carleton and looks forward to another year of Shad-fueled mayhem.