Give a brief bio about yourself/ your background/ your history.
I grew up St. Albert, Alberta and my childhood was full of playing sports. I played softball, basketball, volleyball, rugby, badminton, track and field, cross country, the list goes on. In high school I started to focus on just basketball and volleyball and although I was better at basketball, I liked volleyball better (less running, am I right?). After high school I ended up signing with the NAIT Ooks and played two years of volleyball in the ACAC, then transferred to Brandon University to get a degree in biology and finish my years of playing. Throughout my academic career I have toggled with many ideas of what I want to do for a career, but came to the conclusion that 5-year-old me would have said I wanted to be, a veterinarian. I have applied to the DVM program at University of Calgary and hope to be starting there next fall!
What education have you taken?
I am in my fourth and final year of Biomedical Science at Brandon University and will be graduating this spring!
What accomplishments are you proud of?
I am super proud to be playing the sport that I love at the highest competitive level in the country. Coming out of high school it was my dream to play volleyball at the USports level, but the cards didn’t quite fall, and I played for a college team in the ACAC league. Knowing I wanted to get a university degree, my college coach reached out to Lee Carter of the Brandon Bobcats to see if he had a spot for me on the team, and all of a sudden, my dream came true. Fast forward four years and I am about to play my last couple weeks of USport volleyball, man how time flies!
How did you become interested in your field of study?
I have always been interested in biology, probably stemming back to junior high. I have always loved being around and learning about animals, and always knew that I wanted to do something in the medical field, so biology was the first step to getting there.
What is your philosophy in life?
I wouldn’t say that I have a philosophy per say, but I believe that if you put in the work, it will pay off. That goes for school, sports, relationships, anything really. You only will get back whatever you are willing to put in!
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Hopefully next year I will be at the University of Calgary in their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. After that, working, starting a family, who knows!
In one sentence, how will you #BreakTheBias?
Women in both sport and science are often underappreciated and go unrecognized, because of this I want to do everything I can to encourage my female teammates and classmates, I will give them the recognition they deserve for working as hard as they do.
Jamie is a leader on the Bobcat Women’s Volleyball Team. She is an Academic all Canadian for the last four years. She volunteers with the Cats Volleyball Club as an assistant coach. She also volunteers at Grand Valley Veterinarian Clinic where she hopes to one day be a veterinarian.
Jamie is a great teammate and makes all the incoming athletes feel welcome. She works hard at all aspects of her life.