Tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Hanna and I am a practicum student supporting the Connect with Others team here at the Women’s Centre. I am currently completing my Bachelor of Social Work by distance through the University of Victoria. I was born and raised in Yellowknife, and have only just recently moved to Calgary. In my time off I enjoy cozying up with a book and a good cup of coffee, planning my next big trip, and listening to podcasts while going for a long walk or run along the river.

What is your personal definition of feminism?

My personal definition of feminism is true equality and equal opportunity for everyone on the planet.

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

I discovered the Women’s Centre by walking by it, as I live just up the hill. I was really drawn to the idea of working with a feminist organization in my own neighbourhood. As a new Calgarian, learning about and connecting with my new community is very important to me. I am so glad that I discovered the Women’s Centre and that I have been given the opportunity to work with and learn from such a wonderful organization.

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

I would like to learn more about the challenges and struggles women face, particularly in our own community, and the local resources that are available to support them.

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

The first woman who comes to my mind is my mother. I have grown up inspired by her strength, resilience and hard work as she raised my siblings and I in a single parent household. She has gone on to pursue her dream of completing a post-secondary education now that we have all moved out and onto our own journeys. She moved away from our northern hometown, where she has lived nearly her entire life, to a place she had never been and has now completed her undergraduate degree and is going on to start her Masters program in the Fall. She has taught me the importance of hard work and independence. She truly inspires me every day.

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