By Bobinec, Greg on March 5, 2020.
Juliana Kaneda, 23, and Nicole Dyck, 27, of Lethbridge were named recipients of the 2020 Top 30 Under 30 Award by the Alberta Council for Global Co-operation during the recent International Development Week.
Nominated by their communities and selected by a committee of peers, the annual Top 30 Under 30 campaign showcases the work of 30 outstanding Alberta youth working to make the world a more just, fair and sustainable place for all.
Kaneda was selected for her contributions toward gender equality and creating gender-affirming spaces for queer and transgendered folk in Alberta. With the support for Plan International Canada, Kaneda has helped create the Artists Against Injustice YEG cohort, which offers monthly skill-building art workshops and events for queer and trans youth. Kaneda is currently a psychology student at MacEwan University.
“Gender is a pervasive, overarching and internalized bias that I believe one cannot easily disentangle from any of the other sustainable development goals,” says Kaneda.
Dyck was selected for her advocacy for women in engineering at the University of Alberta. Dyck created the Female Engineering Mentorship (FEM) Program within the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering to empower prospective students identifying as female as they transition into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The FEM program offers one-on-one mentorship, group engagement opportunities, and hands-on learning to create community.
The Top 30 Under 30 Campaign, in its ninth year, is produced by the Alberta Council for Global Co-operation as part of the International Development Week celebrations. The council is one of eight provincial and regional councils across Canada, and has a mandate to promote and mobilize greater Albertan participation in assisting international development and encouraging global citizenship.
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