Xochitl means flower in Nawualt, a language from the country where I was born, Nicaragua. Growing up Nicaraguan-Canadian, in one of Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods, has given me a global perspective on social and environmental justice, and motivated me to pursue volunteer, activist, and community organizing work most of my life. My sincere care for our Earth and compassion towards people motivates me to add my optimistic, enthusiastic personality to efforts towards social change. Initiatives I’m especially passionate about are poverty reduction, actions against violence against women, and building a more equitable and healthier society. I studied biology, social justice, and medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and I hope to pursue a career in public health and preventative medicine. Currently, I’m balancing teaching medical students and studying public health approaches to addictions, with my love of volunteering for non-profits, spending time with my friends and family, and practicing meditation and yoga. I’m honoured to be a part of Next Up Saskatoon, and I look forward to learning, applying leadership skills, and building new relationships and community.
Xochitl Hanson Pastran
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