Meet the 2012 Engage Writers!

Meet the eight new additions to our ENGAGE blogging team for 2012! This year, these sharp and active students have resolved to get engaged by sharing their writing talents to provide their peers with the best information on getting involved on campus and beyond. As you will see from reading their mini-biographies, each writer comes with his and her own unique set of interests and insights on matters related to community engagement and global citizenship.

Without further ado, allow us to introduce you to Megan, Gloria, Khai Hsin, Chris, Elizabeth, Selva, Trini, and Christina!


Megan Mulder
is an Arts and Social Sciences student (with an intended major in English and a certificate in Religious Studies). She volunteers as the blog writer for the Britannia Homework Club and the St James Music Academy, in addition to tutoring with the Homework Club and working with the St James Music Academy in media relations and day to day operations. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and play the guitar and violin. She is passionate about stories—both writing them and discovering the stories of disadvantaged peoples and those who live in the margins.

Gloria Mellesmoen is an Arts and Social Sciences student who intends to do a double major in English and Linguistics. She is currently the treasurer for the Linguistics Student Union and a literacy tutor with KidSafe Writer’s Room. She is an avid advocate for literacy and women’s rights. Her favourite quote is: “A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood, Spelling


Yong Khai Hsin is a Psychology student. She has volunteered for two clubs on campus: the Malaysian-Singaporean Student Club and the Love Your Neighbour Club. She has learned a lot by getting involved with these programs and hearing the many wonderful and inspirational stories from SFU students. She is passionate about making a difference and making an impact in another person’s life. Her favourite inspirational quote is: “Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have seen, but what we yearn to be.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

Chris Gal-lang is an English Literature major and Publishing minor.  His volunteer time is devoted to the Recreational Services Program at SFU, where he helps specifically within the Department of Intramurals as a League Manager. The two issues which he is most passionate about are the well-being of the environment and taking care of our youth. He believes that volunteerism and civic engagement give each of us the chance to pursue far greater responsibilities and to do more for the world than we ever thought we could. His favourite inspirational quote is: “We are better than we know.  If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.” – Kurt Hahn

Elizabeth Thai is a Kinesiology student. Running is her obsession, her muse, and her window to freedom, happiness, and opportunities. She is dedicated to the community of running, volunteering at races and luring people into the adrenaline rush that this old-age sport has to offer. As a blogger, her commitment is to help uncover the passions of others and their reasons for living. She joined ENGAGE with the intent of acting as a microphone-bearer and engineering a bridge between the protesters, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, listeners, believers-in-a-better world, thoughtful by-standers and head-scratchers. Her favourite inspirational quote is: “The purpose of life is a life of purpose” – Robert Bryne

Selva Bayat is a Health Sciences student. She has been involved in leadership programs as a tutor/mentor to children and youth and in volunteering at retirement homes. She loves writing and reading, and has been involved in a writing intensive program specific to play-writing. She is interested in politics and being aware of issues internationally and domestically. She believes in keeping our natural world intact, whether it be through good old recycling or fighting the extinction of endangered species. Her favourite inspirational quote is: “Some see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” – George Bernard Shaw


Trini Nguyen-don
is a Communication major, Interactive Arts and Technology minor, and Publishing minor. She is heavily involved on campus as the Director of Web and Social Media for the Interactive Arts and Technology Student Union (IATSU), an Orientation leader, and a Student Ambassador. As an ENGAGE blogger, she wants to utilize her passion for writing towards encouraging and leading her peers to new opportunities (additionally, she adds, blogging is also a productive way to procrastinate!) Her favourite inspirational quote is: “Expect nothing unless you’ve given everything.”

Christina Guan is an Arts and Social Sciences student. She is actively involved in volunteering, as a part of the South Burnaby Neighborhood House Leadership Team, as a high school debate coach, as an assistant for daycares and community events and as a member of the Free the Children Mobilizers team. Christina is extremely passionate about education – both in providing education to those who do not have it and empowering others to educate themselves about global issues and community engagement. Her favourite inspirational quote is: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead