The Digital Nova Scotia team is growing, we’ve added a new member to our team!
Theresa Yuill was born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia but left the Maritimes about ten years ago to complete her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of Guelph, then continuing on to complete a postgraduate degree in International Project Management at Humber College. From there, she spent two years working in Uganda and Zambia within the social enterprise space, and had been working at a Montreal-based data and technology consulting firm for two years after returning back to Canada.
At the start of this year, she finally moved back to Nova Scotia to be closer to her family and friends, and to be a changemaker within the local community. Her principal interest is in the development and implementation of projects, initiatives, and business models to address social problems across the nonprofit, social enterprise, and for-profit sectors. She has experience with managing projects, operations and financial management, and conducting business and partnership development.
We asked Theresa some quick questions to help introduce her to the DNS community, here are her responses;
The tech sector in Nova Scotia is thriving, what are you most looking forward to about working in this industry?
Digital transformation and demand for digital services has accelerated at an unprecedented rate since the onset of the pandemic, and over the past year and a half, we have seen systemic inequalities widen. With the demand for digital skills employment rising, it is definitely an opportune time to support underrepresented communities across Nova Scotia in entering this exciting industry, while also meeting the local staffing needs of our tech sector!
So, you’ve finished one week with us – how was it?
My first week was great! The team at Digital Nova Scotia has been very friendly and I’ve enjoyed learning more (and asking what feels like a hundred of questions) about the various work that’s currently underway. Some of these projects are also just getting off the ground and it’s pretty exciting because that means that there will be lots of room to shape various aspects as they go forward!
What’s something you’re really interested in that might surprise us?
I have a deep interest in all things coffee – anything to do with sustainability and transparent supply chains, washing and roasting processes, taste differences across various brewing methods, optimal water-to-ground ratios… the list goes on! The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know about the world of coffee!
If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
Ethiopia – I’ve been fortunate to get to travel to many different countries while living abroad, but never managed to make it to Ethiopia. Between hiking the Simien Mountains, trekking up a live volcano in the Danakil Desert, and eating endless injera, it would be a dream come true!
Spring or fall? – spring
Android or iPhone? – iPhone
Comedy or thriller? – comedy
Coffee or tea? – coffee
Star Wars or Star Trek? – neither – stargazing
Laptop or Desktop? – laptop
Breakfast or Dinner? – dinner
Ocean or lake? – ocean
Fun fact – Back in 2007, I went up to Whitehorse, Yukon to play table tennis for team Nova Scotia at the Canada Winter Games.