“Minding” the Gap: A Mental Health Awareness Project

-Alyssa Mae Domingo When I applied to Peter Lougheed Leadership College, I knew I wanted to give back to the country where I grew up in, the Philippines. The 200-hour “stretch experience” is a great opportunity to make it happen. I started from scratch with only the “motivation” and the “purpose” in mind to do […]

From Ideation to Actualization: A Remote Approach to Custom Orthoses

It began with a simple question: “How can we provide rehabilitation services that would otherwise be unavailable to rural and remote communities?” Okay, maybe it is not that simple of a question, but it is undeniably a question of great importance. Patients living in rural Alberta often face challenges in accessing rehabilitation assessments and treatments. […]

My Life-changing Teaching Experience in Natal, Brazil

“Olá, meu nome e Xiaole.”  On June 27th, I arrived in Natal, Brazil. On August 14th, I left my older version of myself in this charming and magical city. As an English teacher, I volunteered for 6 weeks in Centro Educacional Dom Bosco, a Catholic informal education school that has different social projects for children […]

Mbolo Moy Dole: A Story of Leading Through Change

Julia-Don Edwards The bussling East African urban centre of Nairobi is known for many things; vibrant markets, epic traffic jams, and, most exciting to me, a powerful underground theatre community. In July, I was privileged enough to witness a group of young theatre artists from Mathare, Nairobi’s largest collection of slums, use public performance and […]

Promoting Inclusivity

Azan Esmail The University of Alberta High School Model United Nations conference (HSMUN) is the largest high school Model United Nations conference in western Canada. HSMUN is an annual non-for-profit three-day conference that is hosted in late February for high school students across Alberta. Founded in 2002, HSMUN offers an opportunity for around 500 Alberta […]

Looking Through Different Lenses

By Phoebe Marinakis A man walks down the street, looks at his phone, it’s 6:30pm, the bus arrives in 10 minutes, sits at the bus stop and waits for the bus to arrive, he’s on his phone, thinking about what he wants to eat later. The bus arrives, he gets on, sits down, and makes […]