Meet Petrina

Petrina is one of our practicum students from the University of Calgary joining us for the fall semester. Read on below to find out more about her.

Tell us a bit about yourself!
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing about three years ago, and changed gears when I realized that I was more passionate about social justice issues than health care. I love to travel as it gives me a way to learn more about other cultures, see natural landscapes, and an excuse to eat as much food as I can. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, bike riding, and hiking in the mountains– if you have any suggestions for trails, I would love to hear them!

What is your personal definition of feminism?
Feminism for me goes beyond looking at gender equality and includes looking at all the ways oppression intersects in a woman’s life. It involves an analysis of gender norms and expectations, advocating for the freedom for women to make their own choices, understanding the root causes to women’s issues, among many other things.

What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?
I have a strong interest in women’s issues and the Women’s Centre’s framework/ approach to practice really drew me in. This was actually my first choice for practicum and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be here!

What’s one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?
I personally feel I have a lot to learn from the perspectives and experiences of other women, and I think this is the perfect place to do so. As well, I would like to gain a deeper understanding of the various ways in which the Women’s Centre works towards making a positive change in the lives of women.

Describe a woman who you admire or who has influenced your life.
Ellen Degeneres has always been one of my role models. Not only is she hilarious, but she also seems to be a very generous, genuine, and compassionate human being. She takes action in the issues she believes in, and spins her personal struggles into a deep understanding and empathy for other people. Even though she is “just” a comedian, she uses her strengths to make a positive difference in the world.

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