Justinne Punzalan

Jestinne (she/her/hers) was born and raised in the Philippines. She immigrated to Canada when she was seven years old with her family and now resides as a settler on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Victoria. Jestinne pursues the critical themes and topics of her degree from an intersectional and anti-oppressive lens. She co-created a community project with Apathy is Boring under their RISE program called Shades of Sustainability. The project centered the voices and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour (BIPOC) youth in the environmental movement. Jestinne is also a youth advisory member of the Michael Smith Foundation’s Health Xchange. She enjoys community involvement and the power that youth have in creating sustainable and meaningful changes.

Outside of the social justice sphere, Jestinne can be found cuddling with her cat Dory, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and doing yoga!