Meet Amanda, Our New Practicum Student

Tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Amanda, and I am a fourth year social work student at the University of Calgary. In terms of my personal life, I moved to Calgary over seven years ago from New Brunswick, and have two fur babies named Tikka and Mooshka, who I love and adore. Regarding my professional life, I have been working for over two years at Awo Taan Healing Lodge. My passion for feminism began during my youth and has never gone away, and I could not be more excited to begin my learning experience and journey at the Women’s Centre.

What is your personal definition of feminism?

My personal definition of feminism is women helping women achieve the equality, equity, and support we deserve, as well as addressing macro issues such as policies that oppress and reduce quality of life and marginalize women.

What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?

I applied for a practicum position at the Women’s Centre because first and foremost, I believe in the work that the Centre does. However, I also believe that the Centre is an amazing opportunity for me to be able to further my social work practice in feminist theory, strength-based theory, and allow me to gain a better perspective on and approach to the peer model.

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

One thing I hope to learn at the Women’s Centre is how to better advocate for social change and and address policies that negatively impact women. I also hope to work on my leadership skills.

Describe a woman who you admire or who has influenced your life.

A woman that has influenced my life is my mother. Her strength, courage, wisdom, and determination taught me that anything is possible, and made me the woman I am today.

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