HBA Women's Studies

President's Award, Robert Poulin Award for Outstanding Citizenship, Millennium Laureate, Leonard Foundation Award, First Class Standing

"I am proud to say that I have an Honours degree in Women's Studies; words not often spoken by men. These words are true for me, and my time with the Women's Studies department at Lakehead is something which I will speak happily about with whoever asks or will listen. The time I spent in the Women's Studies department prepared me to work in a world of changing landscapes by giving me the tools to think critically and progressively about the present and the future.

I am currently the ongoing Director of Camp Nagiwa for the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph. Working in program development for children, I am faced with the changing landscape of families and social structures as I design, implement, and oversee programming for a range of participants ages 5-18. The critical analysis and information gathering skills I learned through my Women's Studies degree permit me to better analyse and react to overt and underlying behavioural factors for my clients and families. The socio-cultural understandings I gained through the program help me to better serve their diverse needs and build safer spaces for all clients. As I move forward in my career, I believe that my Women's Studies education will be invaluable."