Liliane Gondo is trading in her burgundy Garnet Key blazer for the scarlet tunic of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, now that she has her degree in psychology.
The Ivory-Coast-born Montrealer has big plans, but then, anyone who knows her would not expect any less. While studying psychology, Gondo has been involved in every facet of Concordia and community life.
As a member of the Garnet Key, she acted as a student ambassador at university events. With her ultimate goal to join the RCMP in mind, she has been involved with the Concordia Safety Patrol since 1997, first as assistant coordinator, and for the last two years as coordinator.
The Safety Patrol works to raise awareness about safety issues on campus, including providing security for students and offering self-defence courses. "It's reaching out to the community outside of Concordia as well as to the community inside Concordia," Gondo said.
Her extracurricular activities also include coaching girls' basketball at the YMCA and tutoring at the downtown Y and Walkley Family Centre. She plans to combine her academic training with the skills she has honed in security and serving her community to launch her career as a police officer with Canada's most prestigious force.
"I think definitely I will be applying my psychology degree," she said. "As a police officer, you are dealing with people. You need to understand their background and psychology, for example, to interact with a battered woman or children in a crisis situation."
While she is eager to set off for the RCMP training camp in Regina so she can join the labour force, Gondo has not closed the door on further education. The RCMP encourages its officers to engage in lifelong learning, and considering Gondo's gusto for challenge, she may well pursue a Master's or even a PhD.
- Frank Kuin
Copyright 2000 Concordia's Thursday Report.