Who are you?
I was born in Mexico City and moved to Canada in 2013. I have lived most of my life in Canada, but I try to retain my Mexican roots. I like history, biology, and learning about humans within the ecosystem. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a nerd: people say I know a lot of deep information and obscure facts about history, geopolitics and the natural world.
What’s your project?
This year I am working to host an event called ‘Heritage for All’, where people can come and learn about the history of our city and architecture. It will have a specific focus on settler and Indigenous relations, in order to provide a full picture. We want the event to be interactive and open for all people, regardless of knowledge or interest to gain something from it. My role is specifically to design workshops, schedule the day, and invite other organizations and people to the event. It will be held in May at the Millennium Centre on Main Street, which is itself a heritage site…
What’s your internship?
Related to my project, I intern at Heritage Winnipeg. The mandate of this organization is to preserve and restore places of significance in Winnipeg. This includes outdoor spaces and buildings that are of historical importance to our city. It is tied to environmentalism, as restoring old buildings is more sustainable than tearing down and rebuilding. An example of this would be MCAT, which is an older heritage building that is being repurposed as a school. My school-based project on Heritage for All is one that Heritage Winnipeg has tasked me with.
How have you grown since coming to MCAT?
Alot I would say. Before coming here I was less expressive and confident in myself. I really appreciate the opportunities I’ve had here to pursue my passions. This is because of how this school gives space for students to share their voice and search out their interests, which unfortunately does not happen in all schools. Examples of opportunities I’ve had here include having an internship that I am really interested in and gaining school credits for this.
What do you want to do?
I want to be a historian or even an archaeologist, but something related to learning about the past. I am planning on attending post-secondary, and looking at a history professor, or working in a museum as a curator. My next steps after this year will be to reach out to experts or those with similar passions to me to look at how to work towards this career path. Being an MCAT student allows me to see those things first hand while at high school. I think being at MCAT will put me ahead of others at a young age for working towards this goal.