Callie Mackenzie’s (they/them) desire to fight for justice began in 8th Grade protesting against unequitable dress code policies. Callie’s career started off in sales, bouncing from job-to-job, and struggling to make ends meet. When they decided to go back to college, they found themselves transitioning to the post-secondary education field - wanting to focus on helping women prioritize their education, and moving forward in their careers. It was then, that they found themself in a situation like so many before them - a single parent, trying to survive within structures that were created to make sure they failed.
Callie finished their undergraduate degree in business, and then went on to complete their Masters’ in Nonprofit Management. For their internship, they began working at a human services organization, which later hired them full time. They built and expanded the volunteer base and pantry hours which increased the number of families who were able to access food. They increased the individual giving, community and business engagement which lowered operational costs. Though providing emergency services was helping hundreds of families every week, it was doing nothing to change the systems of oppression that are set in place.
Their life, work and educational experiences led them to discover the institutionalized issues that were preventing them and many others — from all walks of life — from achieving a quality standard of living. Their desire for change comes from the belief that all people deserve a basic standard of living, and if we could all come together and hear many differing perspectives, we can use our struggles to achieve collective greatness.