Kristina Larkin was born and raised in Fort McMurray. After 18 years of running around the Boreal Forest and traveling with her family and friends, she had the chance to adventure to Mexico as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. She spent a year living with wonderful Mexican families, learning Spanish and falling in love with the feeling of community you get from traveling, eating with giant extended families, and from coming home (wherever that home is). Once back in Canada, she stayed involved with Rotary International, learning about international and local issues and raising money and awareness for issues facing her local and global community. She was able to find the support to do this with the Rotaract Club at the University of Lethbridge where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences and a Bachelor of Education. Kristina also found a great community at the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group (LPIRG) where she sat as a board member, and now currently works as administrative coordinator. In her spare time, Kristina cooks delicious vegetarian food and runs through the Lethbridge Coulees. Through her work with Rotaract, LPIRG, a 4 month education practicum in Belize and an increasing amount of time spent around dinner tables, she has deepened her love for working to build community, and has gained an interest in food justice and indigenous language education. She has big dreams about learning more languages, eating delicious food around the world and finding a place to live where she can grow vegetables and sunflowers with her partner and friends.
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