Mackenzie Martin joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in October 2017.
Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology and Bachelor of Secondary Education programs at the University of Alberta, Mackenzie intends to pursue graduate studies with a focus on children/youth, families and aging.
Mackenzie is passionate about individuals and families across the lifespan. She is a Research Assistant in the Department of Human Ecology on the AGE-WELL NCE program, where she examines the role of technology in the lives of carers and seniors. As part of her work on dementia, she travelled to the Netherlands in 2016 to conduct research at De Hogeweyk, an innovative and pioneering village for persons with dementia. She also worked with the World Health Organization’s Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan, where she studied aging in the global context.
Mackenzie is the recipient of numerous scholarships, awards and other distinctions, including the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership, the Peter Lougheed Leadership Scholarship, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Premier’s Citizenship Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal, YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights Youth Champion Award.