Meet Mamissa, Our New Practicum Student

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am near the end of my second year of the social work program at Bow Valley College. I chose that field of study because I came to Canada as a refugee claimant, and I wanted to learn more about how Canadian society functions especially when it comes to immigration matters. People describe me as an enthusiastic, resilient person. Do I have to believe them?

What is your personal definition of feminism?

Feminism is a mindset that constantly considers all aspects of gender equality when interacting with others.

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

I truly did not know much about the Women’s Centre until I read its website. What excites me about the Centre is its vision and peer model that emphasizes the importance of the word ‘trust’. Women from different backgrounds feel safe at the Centre because the leaders at the Women’s Centre create positive relationships.

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

I would like to learn a lot from the Women’s Centre, but since I must pick one, I would like to learn how to connect personal strengths to supporting examples in order to help others.

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

I truly admire all women in general, but since I must pick one, I am going to choose my mother.  My mom is my inspiration because from a young age she taught me the importance of socialization. Even though she is far away from me, I can sometimes hear her voice whispering to my ears this African quote “One bracelet does not jingle” which means, we need social supports from one another in order to produce beautiful music of life.

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