Meet Nichole, Our New Practicum Student

Tell us a bit about yourself! 

My name is Nichole, and I’m a first year social work student from Mount Royal University. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to practice and develop my skills at the Women’s Centre!

What is your personal definition of feminism? 

Feminism, to me, is helping women and girls achieve their greatest potentials and creating equality. It means addressing harmful and oppressive policies and practices.

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

I had learned about the Women’s Centre through school. I have always been interested in working with women, so the opportunity to have my first practicum here seemed like a really awesome choice. I am very inspired by what the Centre does and how they do things — like their approach to seeing the people that use services as “peers” rather than clients. This is a unique experience I will never forget as it really gives me a different look into social work.

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

I hope to learn more about intersectional feminist practice and advocacy. I also want to learn about strengths-based approaches as it’s something I’ve learned a bit about in theory in my classes, as well as developing myself as a person and professional and becoming more comfortable in pushing myself.

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

My mom is definitely someone I admire greatly. She has so much wisdom and kindness in her soul and has taught me many great lessons. She is the person who has taught me to not be afraid to open up to people I trust when I am sad and being more comfortable with not keeping things in!

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