Rebecca was born and raised in Saskatoon. She is excited to be a part of Next Up, so she can broaden her understanding of social and environmental issues and find ways to turn passion to action! Rebecca studied Sociology at the U of S a few years back, and is currently deciding on what she wants to pursue in her next big adventure: grad school… (Probably. She is a bit indecisive). She is interested in becoming more involved in activism, as well as learning more about the theories, structures, and practices of activist culture.
People are what inspire Rebecca, and she values her friendships and the opportunity to find and participate in new networks like Next Up. Rebecca loves yoga, art, ukulele and guitar, sci-fi, soccer, coffee dates, and walking around in the city and in nature!
Lisa was born and raised on Treaty 7 land in Calgary AB, has spent time living in Vancouver BC and now calls Saskatoon (Warman) SK home. She has a passion for animal rights, environmental sustainability, and health equity and has a masters degree in Sociology (Health) from UBC. She currently works at the University of Saskatchewan as a coordinator in the Division of Social Accountability, supporting the College of Medicine in its efforts to ensure all of its activities are aligned with the priority health needs of Saskatchewan residents. In past jobs she has worked in evaluation for cancer screening, quality improvement, and patient engagement. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys getting outside for a run, sweating it out at hot yoga, crafting it up at home or mixing it up in the kitchen trying out a new vegan recipe. While she fondly misses having Stanley Park and the English Bay seawall in her backyard, she has enjoyed putting down roots in Saskatchewan and loves how interconnected the community is here. She feels we are truly on the cusp of some radical social change and has been working to embody the changes she hopes to see in our society in both her personal and professional life. She believes that even one person has the power to create lasting and impactful change and that we have far more in common with one another than we do differences. She dreams of a world where every individual is provided with the foundation to live a full and happy life and hopes to leave this world better than she found it for future generations.
Mairi Anderson is currently completing her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Saskatchewan, with a focus on Indigenous writing. She is learning what it means to be a settler on this land, what decolonization looks like, and how she can be a better ally. Mairi grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, and has maintained strong ties there, returning for the summers between academic years. She has been active with Bus Riders of Saskatoon and the Socialist Students’ Association. She is inspired by expressions of community, time spent outside, poetry, and folksy art. She is keenly interested in working creatively with young people in a way that fosters respect for land, self, and other people, and will be applying to study Education in the future. She is striving to bike more, waste less, and eat her vegetables, and she knows there is always lots to learn.
Bill Xu is a full time Human Rights student at Carleton, and a part time climate justice activist, community organizer, coffee addict, foodie, outdoor enthusiast, and … plant lover? Before immigrating to Turtle Island at the age of nine, Bill spent most of his childhood in rural and suburban NanJing. With relations to Bill’s Chinese Name (Xu Jing Ze), meaning “to live peacefully by the river”, Cháng Jiāng (the Yangtze River) plays a significant role in Bill’s activism, as it is the river that gave and continues to give life to his city. As co-founder of the new OPIRG working group, Carleton Students for Climate Justice, Bill would like to shift approaches to climate justice activism in a way that centres anti-racism, Indigenous sovereignty/solidarity, and migrant justice; in doing so, creating a safer platform for BIPoCs to discuss climate justice without the influences of toxic-whiteness.
Throughout Next Up, community events, and his post-secondary education, Bill wishes learn more about the intersections between his roots/race and his queerness with hopes to further decolonize conversations around sex, gender, and sexuality in the Queer Asian community.
Having already walked this earth for 16 years, Emma was born in 2009 when she accidentally enrolled in the Outdoor School program. After throwing her teammate and canoe on shore to win the skills competition, she had solidified her passion for the outdoors and knew she needed to tackle tougher challenges. A seven-month trip to New Zealand and Australia following high school then turned into a travel addiction that she has fed by going to Nicaragua, Honduras, Denmark, and Israel/Palestine. This travel addiction inspired her decision to work towards a bachelor’s degree in International Studies as well as fuelled her passion for social and environmental justice. She has since attended Generating Momentum and IMPACT Sustainability Training and worked as a Recycling Ambassador for the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council. She is thrilled to be a part of Next Up and have the chance to be part of such an inspiring and mutually supportive community.
Aditi teaches high school math in French immersion and is passionate about youth engagement with nature in any subject. She is involved with the City of Saskatoon’s Environmental Advisory Committee and is a strong supporter of maintaining Saskatoon’s river valley as an ecological wonder. She believes that technology can enhance citizens’ experiences with nature and that this engagement will lend a powerful voice in new policies for the environment. She can be found on twitter @mmegarg – come say hi! Saskatoon, 2016.
Julian is a doula, reproductive health advocate, and community organizer in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is currently attending the University of Regina in the Health Studies program and is interested in social justice and anti-oppression work as it pertains to improving the health of individuals, families, and communities.
Joanne has a Master’s degree in Social Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Regina. She is a sessional lecturer for Sociology 100. She is an experienced teaching assistant and seminar instructor.
Joanne is passionate about global inequality and local social justice issues. She is currently involved in a University of Regina project on local food, which gave her the opportunity to interview farmers, health inspectors, and policy analysts. Joanne’s diverse research interests include: studying the meanings behind social protest movements, reflecting on the conflicts within the fair trade movement, and analyzing public perceptions of corporate crime. Last year, she did a guest lecture on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women for a Justice Studies course.
Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She also likes to draw caricatures and aspires to write a novel.
“Self and society are twin-born.” —Cooley
Hello, I am a settler from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Treaty 6. I like biking, reading, cooking new things, and activism. The activism that I am interested in is environmental, municipal, community support and electoral politics. I have worked as a staffer on elections and I really enjoy foot canvassing. I hope in the future to continue to develop my skills and be able to facilitate and coordinate community action. If you are interested in getting involved in electoral politics in Saskatoon give me shout.
Sahar is an individual that is sensitive toward nature and feels most inspired in its surroundings. From a beautiful prairie sunset to an autumn twig on the grass, Sahar plays with shapes and shadows that inspires her creations. As a young urban planner, Sahar’s interest in urban design continues to grow as she realizes how layouts, design, and infrastructure have the power to bring communities together. Sahar’s outlook for life is always optimistic. She has a captivating smile and likes to be sharing of herself. In her free time, Sahar likes to enjoy a warm cup of London fog and write her thoughts away.
Sahar strong beliefs in humanity and how we are all in “it” together drive and inspire her to volunteer and participate in activism movement related to poverty, international development and Islamophobia.