This week, we're featuring Megan. Check out her Shaper profile, here.

Full Name: Megan Van Huizen

Position / Employer: Lawyer, Brownlee LLP (civil litigation, employment, human rights and municipal law)

Other community involvement: Volunteer with Pro-Bono Law Alberta, Civil Duty Counsel

Tell us something interesting about yourself: I spent time in Honduras living in a small rural community and working on a gravity fed water system, and I have also spent time living in rural Quebec, Trois Pistoles, participating in a French immersion program.

Megan's Connection to Global Shapers

When did you join Global Shapers? September 2016

What interested you in joining the shapers team? I wanted to more active in my community here in Calgary and the broader international community. It is exciting to be a part of an international community of young people working for change.

What are the current projects you are involved in, and why? I am just getting started, but I am really interested in getting more involved in the Youth Mentorship Program. I love working with young people, particularly with those in marginalized communities. I believe that everyone deserves to have the same opportunities and I believe that change begins with young people. Having worked in the justice system and the inner city, I have seen the impact that effective mentorship can have on a young person and I am excited to get involved with this great project!

What do you hope to achieve through Global Shapers? I hope that I can make a difference in my local community, but also hope that I can learn more about the international communities involved Shapers and get involved on a broader scale.

Megan & Calgary

Is Calgary your hometown? Yes

What do you like best about our City? I love how diverse Calgary has become, the people are welcoming and kind and it feels like home - its proximity to the mountains doesn’t hurt either ;)

What do you think is the biggest issue facing Calgarians right now? (see below)

What issue do you want to tackle next in our community? Homelessness. Youth, New Canadians, families- given the tough economic times Alberta is facing right now, homelessness is more prevalent than ever. I have a heart for those in the inner city and believe it has become all too easy to ignore the problem. Sustainable, community driven solutions are imperative. People need to be given the tools to succeed and I think there are a lot of small efforts that can be made to allow this to happen.

Interested in meeting with Megan? Get in touch with us and we'll do the rest.