Mackenzie Hue is a 5th year student through the University of Regina preparing to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Mackenzie takes great pride in the profession she is going into as she is empowered by the many avenues available that will allow her to concur change and collaboration on not only a micro but also mezzo and macro levels of practice.
Her long term goal is to gain a Masters Degree of Medical Social Work to focus on psychosocial support and assessments.
Mackenzie is born and raised in the small rural community of Hudson Bay Sk and was introduced to Rotary International on a new level when given the opportunity to attend the Human Rights Adventure program in 2018.
Since then she has continues to show leadership throughout the clubs and organizations she partakes in and the people she supports. For the past four years she worked as a Direct Support Worker with individuals with intellectual disabilities and newly started as a Recreational Coordinator in a long term care facility in her community.
Aside from her education and career she spends her time on horse back barrel racing and supporting her family on the chuckwagon circuit.
As a 15 year old, I was lucky enough to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange and experience life in Barcelona, Spain, where I got to learn both Spanish and basic Catalan, as well as making life-long friends.
This journey, as well as various travels all over the world, has changed my life by showing me the broad scope of human inequalities and it inspired me to pursue a career where I could use my privilege to help those in need.
Volunteering at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and at a local hospice has helped to make me even more centred on human lived experience, as well as offering a range of perspectives, providing me both with tools to think creatively and offer practical solutions.
I have always been encouraged to aim high and further my horizons, which inspired me to move to Kent in England to do the academically challenging International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
These experiences, along with living in varying socioeconomic backgrounds has enhanced my understanding of different problems faced by people in distinct cultures and possible way forwards. It also allowed me to develop skills crucial in the modern workplace, such as an effortless adaptation into a new environment and ability to communicate fluently in Polish, English and Spanish, while I polish my French skills.
Now I am a second year student of Social Policy with Quantitative Methods at one of the world’s leading universities - the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Alongside my studies, I work as a Data Manager in clinical trials for oncological therapies, as well as a part-time waitress in an Italian restaurant.