Sep 23, 2022

Humans of LMP: Kate McDonald

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Humans of LMP: Kate McDonald

Each month we speak to a member of the Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology community and find out more about them as part of an initiative from our Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee (WIDE).

This month we feature Digital Communications Assistant, Kate McDonald.

Visit the Humans of LMP page to read more stories and nominate yourself or others to be featured.

How long have you been at LMP and what does your role involve?

I started at LMP on September 20th 2022. While I’ve only just started, my role will involve supporting Jenni Bozec with communications initiatives to help promote all of the amazing people and work within the LMP community.

My primary responsibilities in this new position will be to help develop our social media presence to further promote our programs to potential and current students as well as to highlight the impact of our department’s work and research.

I’ll also be helping the Translational Research Program to develop a communications plan to boost their recruitment efforts.

I'm very excited to learn more about LMP and to connect with the LMP community! 

What led you to pursue your current career path?

I’m a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo’s Arts and Business program where I completed five co-op work terms. One of the co-op placements I had was with the University of Waterloo’s Student Success Office as their Digital Communications Assistant and it was one of my favourite work terms. I loved helping to connect the university community and highlighting student successes. I decided this was something I’d like to continue to do in my career which is how I ended up here!

What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?

I’m really proud of the work I did in my previous role with Safety Media. I was able to help re-design their website and develop a lot of key branding assets and messaging for them which has really helped to support them as a business and helped me to develop a lot of the skills that I’ll be using for my role here!

What was the best career advice you ever received?

Share your ideas.

What has been an important learning experience in your life?

I think learning to fail has been really important. Things don’t always work out and sometimes you fall down but it’s important to keep getting back up and to keep going.

Who is an influential person in your life and why? 

Definitely my parents. They are one of the reasons that the arts have been so prevalent in my life.

What would it surprise people to know about you? 

I used to sing in a choir called the Toronto Children’s Chorus. We performed at Roy Thompson Hall with Christopher Plumber for a special holiday concert.

What activities do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

In Waterloo I was involved in competitive dance teams and this past March (2022) I competed at REACH dance competition in Toronto with my team UW Origins. This was the first competition since the lockdowns, so it was amazing to be able to dance with people and perform again. Now that I’ve graduated, I like to take classes in Toronto at some of the main drop-in studios and I’m involved with a couple of small teams as well.

What is your favourite album, film and novel? 

  • Favourite album: Lungs – Florence + the Machine
  • Favourite film: Blade Runner
  • Favourite Novel: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Who would be your dream dinner guests? 

Florence Welch, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Ella Fitzgerald and Adele.

Where/what is your favourite place? 

I am a big fan of Toronto, but I’ve also lived in Vancouver for a year when I was younger and then again during a co-op work term and it’s definitely one of my favourite places.

If you were stuck on a deserted island but had all your basic needs taken care of (i.e. food and water), what two items would you bring with you and why?

Probably a camera and maybe an instrument.