From an early age, Angelica found herself navigating a world informed by her strong sense of compassion and empathy. As she got older she was determined to ensure that her actions would leave a small but positive imprint – on the lands she traversed and the lives she encountered.
She completed a degree from the University of Calgary in Development Studies. With a passion for cultural exchange and experiential learning, her studies introduced and accorded her the opportunities to volunteer and study in Nepal, Jamaica, Uganda, and Japan. An adventurer at heart, she loves to explore the diversity of the human condition, and has lived in various parts of Canada as well as abroad in New Zealand. Having returned to Calgary in 2017, she is focused on fostering connections in a field where her background in international development intersects on a community-based level, through work with the resettlement and integration of newcomers.
Angelica believes in the interconnected nature of our world and strives to understand the ways these dynamics play into systems of oppression and injustice. She is keen to find creative methods to incorporate climate justice into her work and the various communities she immerses herself in.
Year 2 of the CLP
The Next Up Climate Leadership Program (CLP) is now into its second year! Like the 2016 pilot program, it is an intensive 5 weekend program for Alberta residents who are committed to bringing climate action to their workplaces and organizations.
Follow this link to learn more about the Alberta Narratives Project (which the CLP is a participant in).
Year 1 of the CLP
The 2016 CLP had 27 participants from across the province, representing people working in the public service, municipalities, First Nations, education, healthcare, energy and power industries, faith groups and labour. We held workshops in Edmonton, Calgary, Kananaskis Country, and Red Deer. Participants met policy makers, leaders from their sectors of work, and expert facilitators to learn climate policy, social leadership, and a range of practical skills needed to inspire and support climate action within their workplaces and organizations. A principal part of the CLP is the development of a climate action plan specific to each participant by using a peer-support model and ongoing resources provided by the CLP. In September of 2016, CLP participants reunited in Calgary to report back on the progress of their action plans and to make plans for further CLP check-ins and CLP network activities. CLP grads are part of the national Next Up network of progressive leaders in social and environmental justice who will continue to support their capacity through opportunities with Next Up's Edmonton and Calgary programs. We plan to offer the CLP again in 2018 in Alberta.
To meet the CLP grads, please visit nextup.ca/meet_our_network and select the Climate Leadership Program.
Media and community inquires may contact the CLP at: firstname.lastname@example.org