Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello! I’m Alessandra, the records and data management coordinator. I’m a born and raised Calgarian who every-so-often departs to learn new things in interesting places. I studied History in Nova Scotia and Library and Information Studies in Wales. I enjoy exploring the city and surrounding area with my dog, and curling up on the couch afterwards with my cats to read something interesting or knit.
What is your personal definition of feminism?
My personal definition is ever-changing as I learn new information. At its core, I believe that feminism means equality, and that gender shouldn’t be the basis for exclusion.
What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?
Many years ago, my mom taught a knitting class here (that I occasionally showed up to ‘help’ with), and both she and my godmother were previously board members. I suppose it was only a matter of time before I got involved!
What’s the one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?
I want to learn everything I possibly can from the diverse and interesting women who are part of this community!
Describe a woman who you admire or who has influenced your life?
Definitely my mother! She refuses to let herself be defined by any one label, strives to make the world better, is compassionate and friendly, and doesn’t let any barriers stand in her way for long. She’s passionate about any and all of her endeavours, and she passed that passion on to me. She’s been my rock during the hard times, the shoulder I can cry on when I need it, and the gentle nudge in the right direction when I’m lost. I only hope I’ll one day be as awesome as her!