Kathryn Ssedoga, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kathryn Ssedoga has embraced her participation in WE LEARN with gusto. She first sent writing for Women’s Perspectives #4, along with some photographs she had taken.
The committee enjoyed her photos so much she received an Honors Award for them. They were placed on the front cover and started a new trend. Since then Women’s Perspectives all have had color photos on the cover! Using her student scholarship award, Kathryn was able to raise additional funding for her travel to the 2009 conference. She ventured on her own from Guelph, Ontario Canada to Providence, RI USA. She also developed and presented a workshop called Laughter as a Literacy Tool. It was enjoyed and embraced by many conference participants.
Since then Kathryn has participated in WE LEARN in many ways:
- Committee member for Women’s Perspectives and the Conference;
- Workshop presenter on behalf of WE LEARN at a student leadership conference in Toronto;
- Contributor of writing to several Women’s Perspectives issues;
- Fundraiser and promoter of Women’s Perspectives.
In Spring 2009, Kathryn wrote of her experience with WE LEARN:
“Passion is the word that best sums up my experience of WE LEARN. Passion is a life-giving self-renewing energy force. I am a passionate woman and it was my passion for laughter and healing that lead the way and gave me courage to put in an application to do a workshop.
At WE LEARN I met many other passionate women. Women passionate about women and literacy! This shared passion allowed us to bond together for a weekend as equals. The conference provided an arena where passionate women honoured one another, not because of academic, social or economic standing, but because our shared passion allowed us to see the innate value within each other without needing to rely on some external measure, title or label.
At different times in my life I have been at social justice events. I have heard the ideal of equality and equity spoken of and preached but, until I went to the WE LEARN Conference, I had never experienced it lived.”