Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
- Howard Zinn
Kelsey is passionate about service.
In addition to being actively engaged in the University Community, through service on a number of administrative Committees, Kelsey has always volunteered professionally and personally within the wider communities in which she lives. Her past and present involvement with a select number of organizations is outlined below.
Kelsey's Service Journey
Kelsey seeks to contribute professionally and personally to the communities in which she works and lives
through diverse forms of service. A longstanding volunteer in her community and in sports, Kelsey's early
involvement in volunteer work began with sports (swimming and water polo), and animal rescue organizations,
two areas of service she remains passionate about to this day.
Through her undergraduate and graduate studies at Lakehead University, Kelsey was introduced into diverse university service roles, including serving on the Senate Academic, Senate Academic Appeals and Senate Research Committees and associated Academic Regulations Subcommittee and Writing Centre Working Groups from 2008 through 2010. She also served as the Graduate Student Representative for her program, during her Masters. In this role, she helps to spearhead an annual Welcome Event for incoming graduate students in the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism, secured funding for and coordinated a Seminar Series (2008 - 2010) and organized the 2009 Lakehead University Graduate Student Orientation, and Guest talk by Jorge Cham from PhD Comics.
Kelsey's departmental and university service continued through her doctoral studies at the University of Otago where she served as Postgraduate Student Representative (Department of Tourism), Commerce Division Postgraduate Representatives Committee (School of Business), Graduate Research Student Liaison Committee - Commerce Division PhD Representative (University of Otago Senate), and was the Postgraduate Student Representative on the Commerce Division Postgraduate Programmes Review Committee (Otago Business School, University of Otago).
Since transitioning into teaching and service roles, Kelsey's university service has branched into other areas, including program-level curriculum design, inter-Faculty Liaison roles (Health Faculty Representative, Faculty of the Environment, University of Waterloo), endowment allocations (Applied Health Sciences Endowment Fund - Recreation and Leisure Studies Faculty Representative, University of Waterloo), purchasing (Evaluation Committee for the Online Classroom RFPs, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Manitoba), hiring committees (University of Manitoba), and, cross-cultural advocacy (Indigenous Engagement Circle, University of Manitoba).
Kelsey also gives back to community through service to her profession and the wider community. From 2010 to 2022, Kelsey held numerous voluntary roles with the Voyageur Trail Association (Publicity Director, Social Media Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, and Coordinating Council Director), and continues to be involved with the Ontario Trails Council and Canadian Trails Federation. As an Certified Professional Coach, Kelsey has coached water polo, swimming and triathlon, in Ontario and Manitoba, including serving as the High Performance Director for the Manitoba Water Polo Association from 2017 - 2019, and has served as the League Commissioner for National Collegiate Water Polo since 2019.