Annie MacDonald was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has always had a strong belief in social and environmental justice. Her understanding that our world’s current social and environmental issues are symptoms of the same problems underlies and drives her varied activism.
Annie is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people. For three years, she served as a member of Youth Granting for Youth, a non-profit organization that provided grants for youth-serving charities in Saskatoon. Annie worked for seven years for a program run through the Saskatoon and District Labour Council called the Summer Snack Program. This program fills the gap that’s left when school lunch programs close for the holidays by providing nutritious lunches at inner city parks.
Annie believes education and awareness are a very important part of activism. For that reason, she has been involved in organizing several awareness-raising events, including an ethical sweatshop-free fashion show, and an open discussion about the Saskatchewan Employment Act. She was also a participant in a program called Women in Legislature, and had the opportunity to travel to the Legislature in Regina to dialogue with female government employees about the underrepresentation of women in politics.
Annie loves to travel and has lived in Japan and backpacked around Europe. She is an English Literature major at UBC, and is also studying Spanish with the hopes that South America will be her next destination. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, enjoys cooking, and likes to knit. She is very excited to be participating in Next Up!