To Be Here Together

By Liza Chatterjee For the four months of summer 2018, I am working as an intern in the University of Alberta’s Engage North program. This program, which partners students with different Indigenous communities in the North has brought me to Chateh, Alberta. Chateh is a community of approximately 1,500 people in the northwest corner of […]

Depolarizing the Conversation around Climate Change

By Natasha Pye When was the last time you talked about climate change at the dinner table? Unless you’re working at the Pembina Institute, climate change does not often come up in conversation. Especially here in Alberta. It’s an incredibly polarizing topic touching on issues of livelihoods, internalized guilt, and most of all, politics. How […]

Supporting Victims of Hate Crimes

As a third year university student, I am lucky to say I haven’t experienced a substantial act of hate that I can vividly recall. The Alberta Hate Crimes Committee defines a hate crime as “Any criminal offence committed against a person or property, which is motivated in whole or in part by the suspects’ hate, […]

Rehab Stretching

Prelude: Stairway to Nowhere To kick off my stretch, I had the pleasure of working with an 8-year-old boy who has grown up with a rare form of cerebral palsy. There currently is no cure but stem cell therapy is introducing hope for a reversal of its symptoms. While working with him, I quickly realized […]

Gender Parity in Grande Prairie: 22% Isn’t Good Enough

Xaverie’s Previous Blog Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholar Xaverie MacLennan ponders the importance of equal representation of women on City Council in Grande Prairie. 68% of Grande Prairie’s residents are under the age of 45. I belong to this age group, and am also a part of the 43% of residents that identify as female, as reported […]

My work on a mayoral election campaign – by Connor Vaandering

This summer I have been working on Calgary City Councillor Andre Chabot’s mayoral election campaign. Since the election is not until October I have been involved in the initial setup of campaign plans, strategy and organization. It’s a small campaign team with limited staff and limited finances, so I’ve done everything from communications and event […]

Protecting Aging in Place

Hello everyone this is Marissa. For my stretch experience I am interested in the treatment of LGBTQ+ older adults in residential care. I have found there are lots of ways to approach this topic, through people, policy and fundamentally through education. When I first started this project, I was focused on the issues for LGBTQ+ […]

Stretching Too Thin: Failure in Leadership

Last year, when I helped to organize the November Mentor Leadership Panel titled Finding Balance in Leadership: Work and Wellness, I reached out of Giri Puligandla, the Director of Planning and Research at Homeward Trust Edmonton and a PLLC mentor. I distinctly remember his hesitancy to join the panel — in his words, “I’m not […]

Where is Alberta’s Mark Zuckerberg?

Before starting my Stretch Experience, I really romanticized how fun creating a tech startup would be. I had seen The Social Network and used Airbnb, so I think that I felt like I had a relatively OK understanding of the sector. As you might have guessed, I had a lot to learn. For my Stretch […]

Gender Parity in Grande Prairie: Why Working In My Home Town Is Important To Me

Xaverie’s Next Blog Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholar, Xaverie MacLennan, takes us through the process on how she came up with her Stretch Experience.  Growing up, I was blessed with good community, excellent neighbors, and many interesting opportunities. One such opportunity came in the form of a trip to Thailand, organized by the local youth group. […]