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Maia deKlerk

I chose to take PHE after taking an introductory political studies class with Dr. Hiemstra. He talked about this new degree King’s was offering, and I was attracted to the broad spectrum of the disciplines and thought that having knowledge of Political Science, History, or Economics would be beneficial in further education or in a career involving them.

Although I have not done any internships through the PHE program, I thoroughly enjoyed my years as a PHE student. One particular highlight was attending the international conference, Building World Peace: The Role of Religions and Human Rights. It was interesting to hear different viewpoints from different religions, as well as to hear well-known human rights advocates, such as Douglas Roche, make their case. It was exciting to be able to apply things to reality that I learned through my time in the PHE program.

Through this program, I learned how to be a transforming agent of Christ in the public world of politics and the economy, and I now have tools that will aid me in this role in the future.

Maia works for Hope Mission, a Christian agency ministering to the inner city population of Edmonton. She works in a transitional housing program for young men at risk, supporting them to achieve a healthy, productive life.