About Youth BIOlab Jeunesse

Supporting Health Literacy through Science Education — Come share our passion for discovery!

 

Youth BIOlab Jeunesse at the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre is a space for students and teachers to explore and experience real biomedical science in a world-class research centre.

We work with teachers, schools and school divisions to develop programming that meets the needs of classroom teachers. Since 2005, St. Boniface Hospital Research has worked in partnership with the Louis Riel School Division through the It’s All About Me program, which has provided hands-on medical science experiences in classrooms to over 48,000 students. With the opening of the Youth BIOlab Jeunesse lab facility in 2013, we have extended our reach to a total of 72,000 students from across Manitoba, enhancing our ability to provide authentic science experiences to youth.

Bringing the Albrechtsen Research Centre to the Community

By extending ourselves beyond the walls of the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, we aim to:

  • Connect the public to research in their community
  • Broaden public awareness of the roles of St. Boniface Hospital and St. Boniface Hospital Research
  • Share our research and passion for science
  • Create an understanding of the nature of science and the science behind health
  • Contribute to scientific and health literacy within the public
  • Demonstrate the contribution of our research programs to society
  • Make science education and expertise accessible for the students, teachers and the general public

If you are interested in visiting the Youth BIOlab Jeunesse, please see our Programming page to see what programs are available for your class and visit our Booking page to schedule a workshop or activity!

The Youth BIOlab was built with support from Manitoba Education, RBC, and the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and works in partnership with Manitoba school divisions and with the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Stephen C. Jones

Stephen C. Jones

Director, Youth BIOlab

Steve has always loved being a part of the curious group of people who work at the Albrechtsen Research Centre and enjoys sharing that curiosity with all of the people who come to the Youth BIOlab.

Steve started as a technician in Dr. Ian Dixon’s Molecular Cardiology Laboratory here at the Albrechtsen Research Centre way back in 1999. After a while, he decided he was more interested in teaching than lab work, so he went back to school for his education degree from the University of Manitoba in 2005. Looking to combine his passion for science and teaching, he came together with another St. Boniface scientist, Dr. Mark Torchia, to find ways to share science with our community. They partnered with the Louis Riel School Division to create the It’s All About Me partnership in 2005, and the success of this outreach work led to the development of the Youth BIOlab in 2013.

If you visit in October, take note: Steve’s Halloween costumes are legendary.

Meghan Kynoch

Meghan Kynoch

Program Coordinator, Youth BIOlab

Meghan really loves understanding how things work and finding ways to solve problems. She has always been curious about the human body and the factors that affect our health.

When she first joined St. Boniface Research in 2009 while studying biology and biochemistry at the University of Winnipeg, her job was to deliver the It’s All About Me program in the French language thanks to her excellent teachers and early education in French immersion at École Lorette Immersion and Collège Lorette Collegiate.

While working at the Youth BIOlab, Meghan completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Manitoba and decided to stick around at the Youth BIOlab to continue sharing her curiosity and enthusiasm for health science and to keep learning from the newest health science research.

She also really likes animals.

Anjelica Bodnaryk

Anjelica Bodnaryk

Education Liaison, Youth BIOlab

Anjelica loves working at the Youth BIOlab because she gets to learn about current research, get students excited and curious about science, and think of new ways to bring science to your classroom or home. She always looks forward to interacting with you during your visit!

Anjelica has been passionate about science from a very young age, and it was clear from the beginning that she would pursue a career in science. Anjelica attended the University of Manitoba and obtained her bachelor of science (Hons) with a focus in cell, molecular and developmental biology. During her time at the U of M, she taught Biology 2 and The Flowering Plants labs and conducted a research study on the neurotoxicity of a common flame retardant. Through these experiences, she developed a great appreciation for teaching, botany, and neuroscience. The Albrechtsen Research Centre studies two of her science interests, brains and plants! After working here for nearly a year; she has added hearts to her list of interests and gets to bring all of this cool research to you and your students!

Anjelica is a flower enthusiast and loves petting your dog.

Donors

The RBC Youth BIOlab Jeunesse opened in 2013 thanks to the support of many donors, including major gifts from the RBC Foundation and Canada Safeway. We are grateful for the generous continuing support of our funding partners and the many donors who have supported us through gifts to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation. These grants, donations and partnerships go directly to support health literacy through science education and help us provide authentic science experiences to students all across Manitoba.

You can read more about the impact of giving on the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation’s website. Thanks!

Partnering School Divisions

  • Division Scolaire franco-manitobaine
  • Hanover School Division
  • Louis Riel School Division
  • Red River Valley School Division
  • Seine River School Division
  • Seven Oaks School Division
  • Winnipeg School Division
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