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8264 TRONDHEIM DR

Mary Gao 778-858-1548


ycgao@sfu.ca
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-gao

Skills
• Exceptional organizational and • Ability to work independently
time management skills • Experience coordinating
• Excellent written and oral volunteers and work efficiently
communication skills in a team setting
• Fluent in Mandarin (oral) • Experience with customer service
• Dedicated work ethic and leadership skills
• Proficient with MS Office: Word, • Improved research, writing, and
Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoShop editing skills throughout my
years at post-secondary

Experience
—JUNE 2017 – OCTOBER 2018—

Instructor / Kick It Martial Arts, Surrey BC


• Allowed me to work effectively as part of a team and independently if needed.
• Organized many important events such as belt graduations, and Children Fun Nights, which allowed me
to develop time management and leadership skills
• Developed important critical thinking skills due to the need to be able to solve a variety of problems,
often under a tight deadline.
• Taught classes to children, and enforced rules to ensure the safety of the students and other
participants
—MAY 2017 – AUGUST 2017—

Research assistance / SFU Aquatic Lab, Burnaby BC


• Aided in important research regarding climate change and the effects it has on North American
amphibians
• Strong skills in understanding the objectives of research and following commands of scientists
• Instructed others in the information and procedures essential to the functioning of the lab and
delegated these tasks if necessary
• Was responsible for careful measurements, lab materials, and the care of research animals.
—SEPTEMBER 2016 – NOVEMBER 2016—

Volunteer / Surrey Food Bank, Surrey BC


• Developed communication and social skills when interacting with people during their time of need
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• Performed exceptionally well in a fast-paced environment, while remaining compassionate when


conversing with others
• Made a meaningful impact to the community by collecting unwanted, but edible food.
• Built meaningful relationships by engaging in tactful, positive, and culturally-sensitive dialogue with
food bank clients.
—SEPTEMBER 2014 – JUNE 2015—

Volleyball Referee / Sands Secondary School, Delta BC


• Was responsible for being the head referee in tournaments, which was expected to make executive
decisions under pressure and be dependable
• Solved conflicts with a calm and professional approach
• Addressed and enforced rules when needed, and accessed any misconduct from the players
• Developed excellent communication and observational skills while refereeing students from grade eight
to twelve
Education
SEPTEMBER 2017-PRESENT

Bachelors of Arts / Faculty of Arts and Social Science / Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC
Criminology Major with a Sociology Minor
Member: Badminton club, Passport to Leadership I, and Autonomous Writing Group
Awards
• Level 10 piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music
• First Dan black belt, Kukkiwon from Korea
• Instructor certificate from Concordia University
• Silver medalist in Youth International Taekwondo Competition 2015
• Provincial Dogwood Scholarship 2016
• WHMIS certified
Activities
* Sports: I love skiing, taekwondo, long-distance running, mountain biking, and horseback riding
* Fine Arts: playing jazz and classical piano, and singing in soprano in choir
* Highly interested in feminism and Indigenous culture and communities
* Enjoy the outdoors and the environment