Alexandra Ashcroft

I am a political science student at the University of Victoria. Prior to beginning my studies in Victoria, I was able to experience living in various places due to my father being a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. I lived in various Canadian cities, and even the United States for five years. While living outside of Canada I took part in the community of Canadians with the Canadian Military Youth Group, where I helped plan and organize events for other Canadian youth living in Colorado Springs.

Living outside of Canada instilled a great sense of pride in my country and home province, and played a pivotal role in my decision to study political science. I want to be able to make a difference in my country, and help to create an even better Canada for the generations to come so they can also be proud to say they are Canadian.

For the summers of 2014 and 2015 I worked for the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada as the ADSE (Aerospace Defence and Security Expo) Program Assistant Coordinator. I was in charge of preparing documents to send to Federal and Provincial Ministers' offices, as well as important discussion panel members from the aerospace community, to inform them of the events taking place at the expo. Through my experience I was able gain insight not only into the Canadian aerospace industry, but also get a real world comprehension of the role government plays in industry.

Another focus of mine has been overall health and the power sport has on society. I have played competitive ice hockey through my adolescence, and continue to do so for the Victoria Phantoms. Throughout high school I also volunteered with other female hockey teams to help improve their skills and promote excellence in sport. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to volunteer for the Canadian Olympic Committee with Team Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. It provided me an insight into the logistics of a large-scale games and the requirements of athletes to compete at an elite level.