Braydi Rice

Braydi Rice (Photo courtesy of Braydi Rice)

Braydi Rice is a 21-year-old Métis aboriginal student at Memorial University in Newfoundland, where she is both completing her bachelors of science in biology and an advanced diploma in GISciences. Although born in Vancouver, Braydi grew up and attended school in Invermere, British Columbia.. Before graduating with honors from David Thompson Secondary School in 2010, she participated in competitive sports and volunteered for numerous events and organizations with highlights such as: the Relay for Life, a Haiti Relief Dinner Event, Terry Fox Runs, a Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign and World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin, USA. She also assisted with the Invermere Special Olympics sports.

Upon graduating and leaving Invermere, Braydi attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia for her first year of university. After her first year she began working for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada during the next two summers in Halifax in areas of economic, business and land development. Her transfer to Memorial University of Newfoundland in her second year proved to worthwhile. Since beginning at Memorial, Braydi has held job positions as a research assistant in two labs working with both modeling ecosystems and conservation genetics. She has also become active in volunteering with the Ovarian Cancer Walk, Biology Undergraduate Society, Science Orientation and WWF’s Shoreline Cleanup.

Braydi is looking forward to graduating in 2015 after completing of both an internship and research project in the spring of 2015 to meet the requirements of the GISciences diploma. After graduation from university Braydi hopes to continue working within the ecology and genetics field and having the opportunity to apply geographic information to the work.