I was raised in a small community in Manitoba. I currently live, work, and study in Winnipeg. I received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) with a major in Women's and Gender Studies and a minor in Political Studies. I am currently working on the thesis portion of a Joint Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. My research focuses on youth involvement in the prevention of gender-based violence in rural Manitoba.
I am passionate about grassroots, community based activism that works toward positive social change. I am continually fascinated and inspired by processes of re-imagining common cultural ideologies (patriarchy, sexism, capitalism, racism, heteronormativity, ageism, ableism, etc.) which reinforce and normalize both structural and direct violence. Spaces of transformation create opportunities to recognize systemic issues as systemic, to understand the structural systems in place which allow for the continuation of such issues, and create spaces to cultivate new ways of being. It is so exciting to see this kind of re-imagining happening with youth across the nation. I look forward to contributing to and learning from the other members of the Youth Advisory Board as we collaborate on this unique and important program.