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Katelyn Forsyth completed a Concurrent Education program in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Studies, with a Human Rights and Human Diversities Minor from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Education in the primary/junior division with the French teaching option at Nipissing University. Her educational experience also included courses regarding social justice, community engagement, and environmental governance. In the final year of her program, Katelyn studied international law during a six-month exchange in Krems, Austria at the IMC University of Applied Sciences.

During her studies, Katelyn participated in various international learning experiences which broadened her understanding of human rights and global issues. She completed a volunteer course placement in Ecuador, where she taught English in a remote community, and she participated in a community building project in El Salvador. Additionally, Katelyn attended a human rights and migration field course at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico City. Throughout this course she visited migrant shelters, and met and interviewed individuals who were passing through Mexico on their migration journey. The combination of these experiences have contributed to her knowledge of global issues and inspired her to continue studying social justice and human rights.

Katelyn has pursued studies in French, and attended the five week French Explore program at Universite Sainte Anne, in Nova Scotia in 2014 and 2015. She enjoys learning languages and is currently learning Spanish.

Katelyn is a successful entrepreneur, and is the current owner and coordinator of the Elmira Summer Sports Camp. She purchased the camp in 2014, and in four years the business has grown from 53 campers to more than 160 campers. The camp is designed to provide an affordable summer camp opportunity for children of the Elmira community. Additionally, Katelyn has instituted a Leader in Training volunteer opportunity for high school students where she teaches them to become responsible leaders and role models.

Katelyn is an avid solo traveller, and has explored various regions of the world. Katelyn has backpacked throughout Southeast Asia, Latin and South America, lived in Europe for six months, and aspires to live and work abroad in her future.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Global Governance Fellowship, 2018
  • University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship, 2018
  • Faculty of Arts Global Governance Fellowship, 2018
  • Wilfrid Laurier University In-Course Scholarship, 2017, 2016
  • Karen Valovich Literacy Outreach Scholarship, 2017
  • Global Engagement Mobility Fund, 2017
Conflict and Security
Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics
  • Honors Bachelor of Arts, Contemporary Studies
  • Honors Bachelor of Education, Primary Junior with French teaching option, Nipssing University

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