Hello! My name is Kyra Williams (she/her).
My mission is to facilitate and foster a meaningful connection with my community, environment, and self through active learning and thoughtful action, as well as spark inspiration for those in my community to do the same.
Growing up in the city of Kamloops B.C., a deserty landscape with sage-covered hills, I have always had a deep appreciation for the natural world. As a kid, you’d find my sister and I foraging wildflowers in the forest behind the house or playing in the snow. To this day, I love taking in the nurturing smells of spruce and pine on my forested hikes, feeling the crisp cold air across my cheekbones in the mountains, scrambling up rocky mountain sides, trekking amongst the alpine flowers, and breathing in the misty air along the blustery Pacific coastline.
I graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Victoria and started working in the non-profit sector. I have always been purpose-driven, with a strong craving for creating meaning in my work, but for a long time I wasn’t sure what that looked like.
In the midst of my degree, I started working for a small non-profit supporting local businesses as a Co-op position. I fell in love with the grass-roots stories and hearing the passion and resilience that fuelled them. Supporting business owners in sharing these meaningful stories became a way for me to connect with my community. I saw first-hand connection through story and this is where my passion for story telling truly blossomed.
I now lead my personal and professional life through a newly shaped lens of perspectives, values, and beliefs — and not just my own.
My Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
I understand my education and awareness around representing people of different ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities and disabilities, genders, and sexual orientations is an ongoing learning process. I am committed to leading my life, both professionally and personally through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For me, this means carrying with me an openness to shift my perspectives on what I ‘know’ to be true, listening with an open heart and with understanding that every person’s thoughts, feelings, and fears are a reflection of their personal, collective, and ancestral history.