Growing up on a small farm in rural Alberta, Cortney developed a love for the natural world and experienced the value of being connected to a strong and supportive community. Largely inspired by her parent’s compassion and community involvement, Cortney fostered an unwavering passion for justice-based issues at a young age. This passion led her to a Community Development studies degree at the University of Calgary, where she had the opportunity to work with subsistence farmers in Ghana and Uganda, Calgary-based nonprofits, and indigenous communities in northern Alberta. While Cortney is passionate about ending all forms of oppression, issues related to sexual violence, mental health, indigenous people and immigration are especially close to her heart. She loves reading, creating art, delicious local beer, being in her garden, traveling and spending time with people she loves.