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Maia deKlerk

I chose to take PHE after taking an introductory political studies class with Dr. Hiemstra. He had 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 in any of the three or in a career involving them.

Although I have not done any internships through the PHE program I have 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 have learned through my time in the PHE program.

Through this program I have 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 currently 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, working with them to achieve a healthy, productive life.