150 Profiles: Paxton Bruce

As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector.

Name: Paxton Bruce

Current role in the sector: Research Coordinator for the Centre for Child Well-Being at Mount Royal University and Network ‘Enabler’ at the First 2000 Days Network in Calgary. Recent graduate from the Bachelor of Child Studies program at Mount Royal University. 

What was your first job in the sector or a defining moment?
My defining moment was during my capstone experience as a fourth year student in the Child Studies program at Mount Royal University. Having the opportunity to expand my leadership skills and become an engaged and active member of our sector provided me with the skills to be where I am in my career today.

Describe your desk/workspace.
I like to keep my desk/workspace very organized; each of my notebooks and files have their own home. I like to have mandala colouring sheets secured to my desk to take mental breaks and my bookshelf is displayed with some of my favourite children’s books.

What are you reading or following that has expanded your understanding of the non-profit sector?
I have found the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta’s newly launched website to be a great support to understanding the early childhood sector. As a member, I have access to a variety of quality resources that expand my knowledge and practice within our field.

What do you think our sector needs to be thinking about?
Our sector has a lot of work to do and has the potential to have great influence supporting Indigenous families. As a sector we need to advocate for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and understand the impact of residential schools and intergenerational trauma.


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