Ashley is a third-year undergraduate student studying Indigenous Studies and Social Work at the University of Calgary. Ashley’s interests in academia include integrating intersectionality and decolonization into inclusive land-based learning and community wellness. Ashley believes that connecting to nature can be one of the most transformative and powerful components in a person’s healing journey and hopes to integrate her enthusiasm for the wilderness into her future career in Social Work. She has a diverse volunteer background doing work both locally and globally and has volunteered with Global Visions International doing marine and coastal conservation and community outreach in Thailand as well as Puspadi Bali doing rehabilitation, education and empowerment for people with disabilities. On a local level, Ashley has volunteered in a variety of capacities with local non-profit organizations like Amnesty International Calgary Chapter, The Sharp Foundation and Cedar’s Villa. Ashley hopes to continue to build her advocacy through learning and listening with intention.