Sara was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and holds our local issues close to her heart and in her mind everyday when confronting issues within our society. Sara is currently approaching her last year of an Environmental Studies: Issues in Sustainability and an International Development Studies Degree from the University of Winnipeg. Sara currently works at the University of Winnipeg in the Campus Sustainability Office as the Outreach and Education Assistant. Sara has been in this role for approximately one and a half years, while simultaneously finishing her undergraduate degree.
Sara has also volunteered with different local social justice organizations in Manitoba, such as Fort Whyte Alive, the 2018 Winnipeg Street Census on Homelessness in Winnipeg, and many other great organizations. Sara attends several different community events and conferences to broaden her knowledge on local social justice and economic issues, and to discover potential solutions forward. Sara cares deeply about the environment and understands the interconnectedness of our world and its true value to life, but also recognizes positive changes must be made to balance environmental, social and economic sustainability and to increase the wellbeing of our citizens. During Sara’s education, she has particularly focused on studying affordable sustainable housing, Housing First models and other social initiatives to increase the wellbeing of our most vulnerable people and ultimately, society as a whole.
As an academic, Sara believes in well-rounded, evidence-based research and informed policy decisions. Sara’s multi-disciplinary degree has allowed her to study many different areas of society. These areas include local and global environmental concerns, social justice issues, economic concerns and planning & policy solutions. Sara believes in creating increased happiness and accessibility for all people, and recognizes that many issues we face in Manitoba are interconnected between different tiers and departments of government. This involves, but is not limited to, working towards reconciliation, inclusion, guaranteed income, education, fair wages, access to preventative and reactive health care for our rural and urban population, the right to a healthy environment, access to affordable food and clean water, restorative justice, harm reduction, economic sustainability for our rural communities, fiscal responsibility and accountability.
Sara would uphold these ethics and values while being a facilitator to implement real, positive change in Manitoba by listening to and working with local organizations, citizens and other tiers of government to come up with tangible, well thought-out solutions to the issues we face here, in Manitoba.