Hilary Jahelka was born in Fort MacMurray, Alberta but her heart lies with the ocean as she moved to Vancouver Island at the age of eight and spent the next 11 years there. Hilary finished her first year of post-secondary at the University of Victoria before deciding to see what the prairies had to offer. Trading in the ocean for the mountains was hard, but Hilary has thrived at her time at the University of Calgary.

Hilary transferred into the Women’s Studies program at the University of Calgary and, shortly afterwards, discovered her passion for activism and advocacy. Throughout her degree, Hilary has focused on consent and sexual health. She spent three years as an executive of the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education club, making sure that consent was brought to campus in a fun and inclusive way. Hilary spent a lot of time hosting discussion nights in residence which sparked a flame with the residence community and led her to becoming a Community Advisor. With her passion and experience in residence, Hilary is excited to work with the Residence Students’ Association on issues that these students face.

Outside of school Hilary has enjoyed working for two non-profits as a developmental aide for children with disabilities and as a community development associate for the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services.

Hilary is excited to carry on her activism in the role of SU VP Student Life. She wants to make sure that all students’ voices are heard so she’ll be out-and-about on campus engaging with students frequently. Hilary’s always willing to sit down and chat about issues students face so don’t be afraid to stop by her office. She will try her best to not talk about mermaids the whole time, but no promises!