Leah Kelley

Leah is a Calgary born community organizer and activist who is passionate about eradicating poverty, gender inequities and systems of oppression. She would like to see a society where everyone has equitable access to resources and opportunities. After spending a number of years on the ground as a registered community development social worker for a grassroots, feminist organization in Calgary, Leah decided to pursue a master’s degree in public policy. She is currently attending Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. 

Leah spends a lot of her free time giving back to her community by volunteering for local awareness raising initiatives and political campaigns. In most recent years Leah has been a volunteer member of the Calgary Dyke March Committee and the Coming Out Monologues – YYC. 

Leah has stayed connected to the Next Up network as an alumni by facilitating sessions on women & poverty, coaching current participants and volunteering for the Calgary Next Up Advisory Network. 

In her travels, Leah has spent short stints immersed in both Spanish and French speaking communities and continues to work on improving her skills in both languages. In her spare time, you might find Leah riding her bike, bird-watching or reading historical fiction with a nice hot cup of coffee.
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