Tanya Gulliver's Summer Internship 2008
In the summers of 2007 and 2008, the York University KMb Unit sponsored a number of four-month internships for graduate students to work in a community agency in a field related to their discipline of study. To-date the KMb Unit has successfully placed 24 students with community agencies to gain experience, build organizational capacity, and link research to policy and social programming. Here is one example of the work done by York KMb Interns:
In the summer of 2008, York’s KMb Unit sponsored Tanya Gulliver’s summer internship at Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC). Tanya Gulliver was a co-ordinator at the West End Heat Registry. Heat is the number one weather related killer in North America, and kills more people annually than all other weather related conditions combined. The Heat Registry provides a free risk assessment for people who visit the center. When the city issues a heat alert or an extreme heat alert, Gulliver and her fellow Heat Registry Peer Outreach Workers would call and visit people who have a substantial risk of being affected by the heat. They also provide shelter for people to cool off and water for people to stay hydrated. This program, the first of its kind, helps to reduce heat related illnesses and deaths and informs the public of the risks associated with extreme heat.
Please see the Toronto Star article on the Heat Registry program here.