Taryn’s interest in international development began after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport, Recreation and Tourism. She participated in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) internship program in Cameroon, working for a local non-profit organization called the Bimbia-Bonadikombo Natural Resource Management Council that manages a costal lowland rainforest.
After returning from her CIDA internship, she maintained a relationship with a Cameroonian UN Peacekeeper who inspired her to start a charity called the Etisah Foundation that supports educational and infrastructure development. She also participated in two UNESCO international youth forums in Quebec City (2008) and Kyoto, Japan (2012) on the conservation of World Heritage and more recently she finished a Master’s degree in Global Citizenship.
Taryn has been actively involved in sport as an athlete, coach and administrator as well. She played for the University of Alberta Pandas Hockey team for five season’s, winning four CIS National Championships. She went on to work for the Canadian Soccer Association during the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup, and for the International University Sport Federation in Belgium whereby she organized educational conferences and attended the World University Games in China (2009) and Serbia (2010).
Taryn currently works for Hockey Canada as the Coordinator of Coaching and Player Development. She is the Chair of the Cameroonian-Canadian Foundation Grant Committee and Advisory Board Member.