Katie joins the WC team!

The summer semester has started and we are excited to introduce the new practicum student to the Women’s Centre!

Katie Sokil will be helping out at the front desk with peer support and taking on projects like Girl Power Camps and the Social Issues Board.

Here’s a chance to learn a bit more about her…

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am an eternal optimist, a little bit silly, and I love to laugh. I enjoy traveling and exploration, especially road trips. I have two cats named Hercules and Madame Curie. I love to knit, watch documentaries, go for walks, and spend time with the people I love.

What is your personal definition of feminism?

To quote G.D. Anderson, “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” Feminism to me is about collaboration, respect, and equality. I hope one day to witness the breakdown of the systemic stigma unfortunately associated with the label “feminist.”

What brought you to the Calgary Women’s Centre?

I was aware of services provided by the Women’s Centre through my previous work experience. As a native Edmontonian (don’t hold it against me) I have a lot to learn about the wealth of resources existing within Calgary; I am enjoying the journey of discovering what’s available.

What’s one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?

I hope to increase my awareness about existing policy during my time at the Women’s Centre. I hope to become more mindful and involved with facilitating change that affects all Calgarians. I also look forward to experiencing the unique structure of Women’s Centre and participate in a collaborative, inclusive environment.

Describe a woman whom you admire and/or has influenced your life:

The two most influential women in my life are my mother and grandmother. They are two of the most selfless yet determined women I’ve ever met. As a European immigrant, my grandmother balanced raising her children and working to support her family. This strength has been passed down generationally. My mother returned to university to pursue a new career path in her 50s, providing a source of immense pride and inspiration to my sister and me.

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