#Spokes-person Profile- Jessy Rajan
Waste Geek. Environmental feminist living in Alberta. Exploring Calgary by bike.
Biking gives me a strong sense of liberation - liberation from the car, from traffic, from the anguish of sitting in a hot car wondering why the Patullo bridge is always backed up! Giving up my car commute to a bike commute has made me a much happier person.
I struggle to engage others in my community (South Asian immigrants) because of the idea that is sold about the car-centric Canadian experience. Straying from the traditional Canadian experience feels like a risk that makes us feel vulnerable as there are so many differences already.
Trying to engage more diverse communities means you need to hire diverse people. This year, race has been a front and centre topic of conversation and I see a lot of companies and organizations committing to end racism but they don't hire racialized people. We won't begin to see more inclusive communities if we don't allow people of colour to work in our communities.