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Spring Practicum Student: Leah Roy!


Hey there, I’m Leah! I’m 23 years old, and I’m a second-year Social Work student at Mount Royal University. I’ve been volunteering with youth for about five years now as a youth mentor; working with teenagers has proven to be a fun and rewarding use of my time, and I’m not sure that I’ll ever get tired of it. I love to paint in my free time -  I’ve been painting watercolour portraits for about a year or so now, but I’ve recently taken up oil painting as well. If you see me around, please come up and say hi! (:

What is the best part of your life?
I think the best part of my life in this current season is how much creative freedom I have right now. I’m in this weird space between graduating from school and starting my career, which can be a little daunting, but I also appreciate that I’ll never have this time back. I don’t have too many responsibilities tying me down yet, so I have the time to explore different inspirations and spend time with friends who push me to test my boundaries in all my endeavours. 

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I actually space out a lot while I’m driving on my own (which is super dangerous, I know!), and I usually find myself thinking about conversations I had earlier, or things I need to do. I also take the rare opportunity to sing along loudly with my music, since my less than mediocre singing skills don’t afford me a lot of other chances to do so elsewhere.

What would you most like to learn and why?
I would love to learn how to speak Japanese! Growing up, my parents hosted a lot of Japanese students who came to Canada to learn English, and getting to know them made me very interested in Japanese culture. I’d love to go to Japan one day, and hopefully know a decent bit of the language so I don’t get lost or overwhelmed while I’m there.

What is your favourite colour?
If I was forced to pick I’d say purple, but I love anything vibrant and intense and bright. Pretty much anything that draws my attention!

What do you look forward to most while working with Antyx Community Arts?
I am so excited to be working with Antyx because it incorporates two things I enjoy immensely: art and working with youth! I’m looking forward to seeing all the things I can learn in these areas, and experiencing new things that I may not be exposed to in other organizations. I’m really hoping to not only hone my social work skills, but to be a meaningful impact on these teenagers’ lives, and I believe Antyx is the right place to do that.

Youth Arts Action Community Celebration

Youth Arts Action Team North, along with many community helpers, has just completed 4 new hanging mobile sculptures for the Genesis Centre and surrounding communities.

Join us for a community celebration and tour of the work! 

WHEN: Saturday April 21st
WHERE: The Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary)

Check out our Facebook event for more details:

Summer, Winter, Fall and Spring.
Dreams, Perseverance, Diversity, and Mental Health. 

Find out more about the process and themes imbedded into these creations and join us in celebration all of the hard hard work that has gone into this project!


Digital Storytelling Showcase

For the past couple of weeks, our youth have been spending their spring break creating exciting animations and videos at the Antyx Digital Storytelling spring camp! 

Come check out their creations on Thursday, April 19th. It's sure to be a fun night, celebrating the hard work and creativity of these innovative young people.

The details:
WHEN: April 19th, 7:00-8:30PM
WHERE: McHugh House (1515 Centre St. SW)
COST: Free! 


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Spring Camp: Digital Storytelling

Antyx is now accepting applications for our Digital Storytelling Spring Camp! 

This is a FREE camp for immigrant girls aged 12-16 to learn video, animation, storytelling and more! 

When: March 23, 26-29 AND April 3-6
Where: CIWA (138 4 Ave SE, Calgary)
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Bring your own lunch - snacks provided!

Email or to register! 

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Introducing Madelaine Robillard

Madelaine is a current student at Mount Royal University working towards her diploma in Social Work. After obtaining her Diploma, she plans to get her BSW and MSW and then receive training to become a Creative Arts Therapist. Madelaine works at a women’s shelter specializing in domestic violence in Calgary. She also owns her own photography business and travels Canada working in the LGBTQ community.

What is the best part of your life?
My support network. I’ve really been reaching my goals over the years, but I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of my friends and family. It’s so important to have people in your life that want to be there and would do anything to support you, as I would for them.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about so many things! The arts, photography, social events with my friends, drag culture, puzzles, reading, and video games.

What big life changes have you experienced lately?
After almost 10 years in management I made a huge career change into Social Work. I was so scared to do it and in only 4 months I can officially call myself a Social Worker already. So many opportunities have been (and continue to be)  presented to me. I’m more excited to learn and grow than I ever have been.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
Pickled pig tongue. My dad is from Quebec, and it’s a pretty common thing there. I thought it was disgusting.

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You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Unicorn. Because I believe the rainbow wouldn’t be what it is without all the other colours. Also, I live my life in a pretty sparkly, vibrant, and colourful way.

What do you look forward to most while working with Antyx Community Arts?
The opportunity to be immersed in the arts again. This is a new chapter for me that encompasses so many amazing things that I’m excited to learn about. Working with youth is something I have done before, but not in the same context, so I’m looking forward to working with youth using the arts. This opportunity ties into my future (and current) goals in so many ways. One of my goals is to become a creative arts therapist (after getting my Master’s of course).