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Elise Pundyk

Research & Program Coordinator

As a Prairie progressive from Alberta, I am passionate about community-building and youth leadership. I love volunteering for the Major Group for Children and Youth, where I have been focused on engaging young leaders to advocate for youth priorities during leading policy discussions on migration and development. As a student, I co-founded the University of Lethbridge’s World University Service of Canada’s Local Committee. By building funding and community support, we have since sponsored five student refugees to resettle and continue their post-secondary education at the university. For these leadership experiences, I was recognized as part of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2021.I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Museum Studies with a minor in International Management from the University of Lethbridge.

Favourite city: Paris, France. It was this city that stoked my love for art history. It’s magical to walk around the streets because it feels like being transported back in time to different eras of art and literature.

My Urban Attribute: Civic EngagementWhen it comes to policy, I am all about youth advocacy and ensuring young people are an integral part of decision-making. It is our future, after all. During election season, I love galvanizing support for candidates on the doors. I’m proudly that friend who hosts debate watch parties and picks out symbolic outfits for election day.

Guilty pleasure: The seasonal ice cream flavours at Village Ice Cream – a Calgary gem.

My role at YouthfulCities: I work with the Open Up team to deliver programming that increases open data literacy within the youth-serving sector.