Our Why We Give series spotlights donors and why they support our non-profit organization.
Caroline Jellinck grew up in a university town where her father worked as a biochemist, researcher and professor.
Each year, the university’s science departments opened their doors to the public. Faculty invited their friends and families to visit.
Caroline and her sisters looked forward to those exciting open houses, where they were free to explore the different laboratories. She remembers observing experiments in test tubes, cold rooms, and autoclaves. “It was all very hands-on work, and we were fascinated,” she says today.
Sometimes on weekends, their father brought them to his we lab while he worked. “We’d be at his feet, asking questions. We were interested in what he was doing, and he was pleased to share.”
She describes lively chats over the dinner table as she and her family debated and discussed science discoveries and why they were important.
During those conversations, she learned about things like the advancement in DNA research; the benefits of Vitamin C; and all about hormones.
“It was a huge privilege to grow up in our family,” Caroline says. “And it’s one of the reasons I give to Science World, as a way of passing that privilege on.”
When Caroline and husband Gordon became parents to their two boys, they used their Science World Membership frequently, visiting the dome often, especially during Gordon’s completion of his MBA. “When life got very busy!” Caroline laughs.