Lorelei Higgins was selected to receive a 2019, District 5360 Rotary Peace Fellowship. She was accepted to the Professional Development Certificate Program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, a 3-month certificate program from January 14 to April 5, 2019.
Her background that shaped her to become a candidate for the Peace Fellowship includes her Métis roots and her unforgettable experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to South Africa, post-apartheid. Lorelei obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, majoring in Political Science and International Relations. She has an MBA from Royal Roads University majoring in Executive Management and Leadership. Lorelei gained extensive experience by serving an internship with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Bolivia and subsequently worked as a team leader and program officer for Ghost River Rediscovery (the NGO for which she interned) and oversaw administration of programs around the world. She speaks Spanish and French fluently. As well as extensive community service and volunteerism, Lorelei has participated in prestigious national leadership programs, most recently with the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. This has strengthened her skills as an effective leader and communicator.
Lorelei is presently employed with the City of Calgary, as an Indigenous Relations Strategist. Her mandate is to develop the City's Indigenous relations portfolio in light of the 2016 Truth and Reconciliation report. This includes the development of a Calgary Indigenous Relations Office. Lorelei is married with 2 children.
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