Join us in welcoming our new Program Assistant, Linda Akoakem.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I was born and raised in Cameroon, and I lived in Sweden for about four years studying human rights at Malmö University. I traveled to Canada in 2009. I am now finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies at the University of Calgary.
When I came to Calgary in 2010, I was looking for an organization that works with women and children for my practicum in human rights. I found the Women’s Centre online, and called in immediately. I came in to the Centre and I loved the atmosphere. I started volunteering a week later. I volunteered at the Centre for a few months before starting my practicum through the YWCA – Youth Eco Internship Program (YELP) in Vancouver in 2011. I was later hired by the Women’s Centre for another short-term contract and have since continued to do some work as a relief staff.
I am still finishing up the degree program at U of C, and I’m very happy to be back at the Women’s Centre. It is such a positive environment, and it feels like coming back home.
What is your personal definition of feminism?
My short definition of feminism is advocating for the equal rights of women in every aspect of life.
What is one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?
I don’t know the one thing I expect to learn because I learn new things almost every day. Through the women that come in to the Women’s Centre, I continue to learn that there are different kinds of challenges in life. I am also reminded of how strong women are. The Women’s Centre is a very unique place that assists women to get through their everyday lives. I wish there was a place like the Women’s Centre in every city of the world.
Tell us about a woman has influenced your life:
The woman that has really influenced my life is my mom. She is a strong independent woman, who always goes for what she wants. She has always been there for me, and she is my life coach.
Favourite book/TV show/movie:
I love to watch CSI and NCIS.