Chandler focuses on medicine

Jun 12, 2003, vol. 27, no. 4
By Stuart Colcleugh

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Tracy Chandler (right) plans to begin medical school next fall at University of Calgary. And you just know she's going to do well at it - or anything else she puts her mind to.

The five-time honour role student graduates in June with a BSc in cell and molecular biology and a 4.19 cumulative grade point average, earning her a Governor General's silver medal.

“It has been a privilege for myself and for the entire department to have Tracy as one of our students,” says biological sciences chair Norbert Haunerland. “She's clearly one of our finest.”

But Chandler's accomplishments extend well beyond the academic sphere.

The 23-year-old has been teaching piano for seven years, for example, and she earned a gold medal for having the highest mark in Canada on her finals for the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (ARCT) teacher's diploma exam.

The former all-star water polo player and competitive swimmer also teaches swimming to special needs children and volunteers at Vancouver's Sunny Hill hospital for children - experiences that have inspired her to pursue a career in pediatric medicine.

“I love working with kids,” says the Burnaby native and Burnaby North high school graduate, who also volunteers at Burnaby's Fellburn care centre visiting and entertaining seniors on the piano. “My most memorable experiences have been the times when I have taken on the challenge of working with children with disabilities. It can be heartbreaking work at times, but it's extremely rewarding. That's why I hope to eventually treat kids at a children's hospital.”

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