Sheena Costain (’12)
SheenaCurrently working at the Department of Justice and Correctional Services. She has been offered the opportunity to write a proposal for the Status of Women in attempt to launch a leadership program for young women in the James Bay area. Next year, she plans to apply for her MA in WGST.

On how Women’s and Gender Studies shaped her perspectives and life in general:
“I was one of the few students in high school who had their career-path mapped out before heading into university; but things change, and it was only my last year or so at MTA that I realized my true passion in life was Women’s and Gender Studies. It was one of those ‘ah-ha!’ moments for me—as if it had been there all along, but I just hadn’t paid any mind until then. Minoring in WGST allowed me to scrutinize the world around me in a whole new way: not only did my views of research processes change drastically, but I became heightened to the monumental ways society and history shapes us to engage with, and react to, women, gender, sexuality, and everything in between. It was as if a curtain was lifted, and there was no way of bringing it back down; I’m permanently transformed, and I now live my life vowing to raise the curtains of others.”
(Sheena Costain, ’12)

 
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Bridget Arsenault (‘08)
Moved to London, England shortly after graduation and completed her Masters in English at Jesus College, Oxford University. She is now working at Vanity Fair magazine in London as an Editorial Assistant/copy editor.

On how Women’s Studies shaped her perspective and life in general:
“Women's Studies affects me every day. I am glad, thankful and proud to have a minor in Women's Studies. Women's Studies helped teach me to be more analytical, inquisitive and assertive with my opinions. I work now in an industry heavily dominated by females. And I believe my Women's Studies degree helps me to approach many of my everyday activities and scenarios with a more academic and analytical approach. It has made me a stronger researcher in terms of method and theory, and an all-around more confident human being.”(Bridget Arsenault ‘07)

 
Read more about her coverage of the royal family, The Royal Treatment.


Sarah Craig (‘07)
SarahEmployment coordinator for the University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus MBA Program. This program attracts students from across the world - especially countries such as China, India, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.

On how Women’s Studies shaped her perspective and life in general:
“I find that I am constantly pulling on the critical thinking and analysis skills
I learned through the women's studies program to put into context the feelings
and motivations of the international students I work with; in particular women.
Without the grounding and training I received to recognize some of their
barriers, I would not be able to successfully assist them in career planning.” (Sarah Craig ’07)


Katherine Austin-Evelyn (‘07)
Since graduating from Mount Allison University she was Intern at the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership (2007-2008). She was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Cape Town in 2009 where she worked on community service projects and took courses in gender studies and public health. In 2010, she completed a Msc in Gender and Social Policy at the London School of Economics, after which she headed to Blantyre, Malawi and worked as a Gender and HIV/AIDS technical advisor for the Malawi Network of AIDS Service Organisations.

CurreKatherinently, Katherine is research analyst and program coordinator, part of an external evaluation team based at Columbia University in New York City.

On how Women’s Studies shaped her perspective and life in general:
“Women's studies was a major influence on my academic perspective early on. By minoring in women's studies at Mount Allison I began questioning assumptions, stereotypes and traditional roles that most of my peers took for granted. At the time, it was revolutionary and I felt that I had been 'let in' to an amazing secret world that allowed me to see the world through a new lens. As I've grown and developed, so has my feminist perspective. While my views have changed over the years since being a women's studies student at Mount Allison, the tools and critical thinking skills I developed remain unchanged. These tools and my dedication to gender equity and equality are my driving force and one of my biggest passions. I feel lucky to have found my passion early on and to be able to work towards these goals throughout my career.” (Katherine Austin-Evelyn ’06)
Young Alumni: Katherine Austin-Evelyn (’07) evaluates public health and public policy program for Africa
 

Roberta MacLean (‘07)
Following her MtA graduation, Roberta received a Coady International Institute Internship, which placed her in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a six-month period. There, she became the Assistant Program Officer at Siiqqee Women's Development Association (SWDA), a secular Ethiopian registered NGO dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of poor and marginalized women living in Ethiopia. Roberta then went on to graduate with a Masters in Public Administration, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. She is currently the Project Coordinator, Practice and Policy for the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.
 
On how Women’s Studies shaped her perspective and life in general:
“The Women's Studies and Gender Analysis courses offered at Mount Allison inspired me to participate in a life-changing event that will continue to guide my future direction and decisions. It has provided me insight and knowledge into an important and real life subject, one that not only affects the individuals in my life, such as my best friends, my mother, my aunts, and my grandmothers, and also myself. In light of my education at Mount Allison, I now approach every situation through a "gendered lens". Experiencing self discovery and growth within the classroom is something that I will always be grateful for, and I will look back on with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.” (Roberta Maclean ’07)

Carmen dancing
Carmen Moreira (’08) BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance
Studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and is currently employed with Dance Tours International (DTI) under the direction of Justin Meissner (former First-Soloist of the Royal Ballet). In addition to administrative tasks, including organizing auditions and gala performances around the world, Carmen is the newly appointed contemporary teacher and, therefore, will be instructing globally, alongside the Royal Ballet's most high-profile performers.   In the near future, she plans to secure a highly sought-after performance contract within Europe.

On how Women’s Studies shaped her perspective and life in general:
‘Women’s Studies gave me the opportunity to reflect on and negotiate not only my own complex subject-position within Western Society, as a  half-Douhkobour, but also the demanding role of women within twenty- first century culture.  My ambitions and accomplishments are often indirectly linked or even subverted by gender relationships.   Moreover, the experience I value the most from Women Studies were our  discussions, where diverse topics permitted me to unpack my identity and better prepare myself for a successful career and happy life in profoundly gendered world.’  (Carmen Moreira ’08)

Ariane Wylie (’11)
Was chosen for an eight-month internship with the Parliamentary Internship Program, a non-partisan program that allows young Canadians to gain first-hand knowledge of the political process, after she graduated.  After that, she plans to either study law or complete an MA in Gender Studies.

On how Women’s Studies shaped her perspective and life in general:
“My first Women’s and Gender Studies class was an eye-opening experience. From the first week onwards, I was fascinated by our class discussions. I loved that they were directly applicable to my life. Suddenly, I had new tools to describe the world around me: terms, concepts and theories to explain why society is the ways it is. Women’s and Gender Studies pushed me to see things in a different way, and to consider the multitude of factors that shape our experiences as individuals. These include – but are certainly not limited to - gender, sexual orientation, race, class and ability. On top of this, my minor in Women’s and Gender Studies has helped me to learn about myself. I now know that I am deeply passionate about gender issues, and that I want my future career – whatever it may be – to involve work  in that field.” (Ariane Wylie, ’11)

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