What is it that empowers you most?
Knowledge. I’m lucky to live in a part of the world where I have access to an enormous amount of information and can afford to attend a post-secondary educational institution. I don’t take that privilege lightly. I feel there is an overwhelming importance in empowering ourselves by learning as much as we can about our world. By learning, we can better understand others and endeavor to help them by whatever means possible.
What is it that you love most about yourself?
I appreciate my ability to empathize with others. The world tends to be a harsh place for even the toughest of us, and I think we could all use a little kindness now and then.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
Being there for those who need me makes me feel beautiful.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
My parents share an equal space within my heart as my role models. When I was a teenager, I joked that I never wanted to be like my parents (I thought I was such a special snowflake). Now, I’ve realized I share the very qualities I seemed to despise back then and, shocker, I love it. As I grow older, my mother and father teach me humility by osmosis. They are incredibly strong, giving, and thoughtful people who rarely bother looking after themselves. The well-being of their family, friends, and environment is their top priority. Self importance never comes into play. That’s very inspiring. I feel that I have a lot to learn from them.
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Last year I learned about the amazing women who worked in Bletchley Park during the Second World War to crack codes transmitted by the Axis powers. It is believed that their service shortened the war by two to four years. In an era where women were often seen as second-class citizens solely allowed to rear children and manage a home, these women used their incredible skills to aid their country. That is very impressive to me and very inspiring.
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
I think I would go with Emmy Altava, a character in the Professor Layton series of games. She starts out as the detective’s assistant, helping him solve puzzles and taking photographs of their adventure. I think it would be fun to solve mysteries and crimes in her shoes and get a better sense of her individual story.
What is your biggest life goal?
To always be learning.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I feel equally proud and grateful to be working in the video game industry. This has been my career goal for as long as I can recall, and this made me the subject of a great deal of bullying in my younger years. The insults that came my way only spurred me to work harder. At 25, I’ve managed to enter the industry and I’m enjoying it very much. I look forward to setting new, larger goals as I grow older.
What is your favourite quote?
“If you can love someone with your whole heart, even one person, then there's salvation in life.” – Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
Keep being a big nerd and read as much as you can. Go to the library and read every book and never apologize for your curiosity and thirst to learn. Be gentle with yourself and others. You don’t have to be brash; you can be quietly powerful if you want to be.
What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism is compassion toward every person and their right to unapologetically be who they are or want to be without fear of violence, discrimination, and the systematic withdrawal of opportunity and fairness.
Albertine is a social media and public relations strategist in Winnipeg, Manitoba.