Gina Catena: promoting gender equality

Gina has been a part of the Edmonton community for over 21 years and has been involved with the University of Alberta since she began her undergraduate degree in Biology in 2008. Having now moved onto Med School at the U of A, she continues to work with those around her to improve the community that she is living in.

Gina has spent over 5 years involved with a local Boys and Girls Club and another youth outreach program called Fusion. Volunteering with these two programs, she has been able to interact with and mentor children in one of Edmonton’s most low-income communities. Gina has spent countless hours building relationships with the youth in the Youngstown community and giving them a positive role model to look up to.

At the University of Alberta, Gina has also sought ways to get involved with initiatives she is passionate about. During her 4thyear as an undergraduate student, Gina began volunteering with the Sexual Assault Centre as a crisis counsellor  She eventually went on to become the co-chair of the Awareness Committee, helping to spread the word about the Centre and raising awareness towards the issue of sexual assault, stalking, and partner violence, around campus. This passion of helping survivors of sexual violence has extended into her current work on campus. Having entered Med School this year as a part of the 2016 class at the University of Alberta, Gina became involved as the 2016 Local Officer of Reproductive and Sexual Health (LORSH).  In this position, she is already able to list many accomplishments including coordinating a pre-clinical HIV elective and a photo campaign and speaker event for World AIDS Day. A few weeks ago, Gina, and her 2015 LORSH counterpart, also organized a moving presentation of VDAY, A Medical Student Production of “The Vagina Monologues” which received a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd!

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