Danielle Atkinson

Danielle Atkinson

Danielle is an enthusiastic, hard working person who cares about people and the creatures and all living things. She always has a smile, a kind word to say and takes the time to share her knowledge and time with others. This can also be seen in the work she has done internationally and in Victoria. When she was 18 she travelled to Uganda and volunteered in an orphanage for 3 months. She was able to fundraise over $3000 to help them build a chicken coop project to assist the orphanage become self-sustainable, and have a reliable form of income. She also volunteered at Our Place Society for 1 year in the kitchen before becoming more involved with her Métis community.

Danielle is currently a student at the University of Victoria in their Bachelor of Arts in Health and Community Services program. She is in the final semester of her program and will graduate with a specialization in Indigenous Health in June of 2016. As a part of her final semester, Danielle is completing a practicum placement with Bridges for Women, a non-profit society that provides employment training programs to women who have experienced trauma. Danielle has received numerous scholarships and awards as a university student, the most recent being the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award. This prestigious award is only given to one student in the faculty, and has provided Danielle with the opportunity to participate in qualitative research identifying outcomes and objectives for HIV supportive housing. Danielle will be presenting her research findings at the University of Victoria in early March. Danielle has applied to the University of Victoria's Masters in Public Health program with a focus in Indigenous Health, in the hopes that she can continue her education. If accepted, she plans to study full time beginning September 2016. Danielle's plan after school is to gain employment as a policy analyst, ideally in the non-profit sector, where she hopes to enact positive change and reduce barriers experienced by indigenous people.