Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Beryl, I love this name because it was given to me by my aunt. The name means “a precious stone that is green in color”. It is an old name hence my old soul. As far as names go, the Women’s Centre is a safe and brave space for every woman. A space for women to support each other and give back to the community when they can. It is the gift that keeps giving.
I am also from Kenya in Eastern Africa. I have a Bachelors in Social work and Psychology (my two loves). Anything pink makes my day. I am passionate about helping women and girls navigate the resources in their community to help them live up to their full potential.
What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?
I was first introduced to the Centre when I was a new comer to Canada. I was looking for resources and I got a lot of help through their website. I got hooked finally when I became a practicum student. I found the environment to be peaceful and accepting. For the first time since moving to Canada I didn’t question whether I should walk into a space. I felt a sense of belonging without having to change myself.
Stepping into the role of the Girls’ Leadership and Women’s Learning Coordinator is very exciting. I look forward to contributing to my community.
What is your personal definition of feminism?
I have come to learn that people define feminism differently based on their personal experiences and cultural influences. What empowers one woman, may not empower another. Feminism to me means equity for individuals that identify as women keeping in mind the intersectionality that exists within this gender. Access to resources and opportunities, listening to female voices and ideas, acknowledging women’s unique experiences, and respecting women enough to allow for a dignified existence.
What’s one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?
I hope to make lasting connections with the community. In the days to come I would wish to learn more about the challenges that women face and their view on how those challenges can be addressed.