Prince Edward Island, Master of Science, Kinesiology Department, UPEI

Katie Beck was born and raised in the small rural community of Alliston, PEI. She grew up on a typical Island farm with her parents, two younger sisters, and an abundance of much loved pets. After high school, she completed her undergraduate degree in St. John’s, NL and graduated from Memorial University with her Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours (Co-operative) in 2010. She is currently completing her Master of Science in the Kinesiology Department at UPEI and her research focuses on identifying the factors of physical activity that affect physical activity preference in older adults. Katie is also the Kinesiology Lab Instructor and is in charge of teaching, running, and maintaining the labs in the Kinesiology program.

Katie has always been an active volunteer. She has coached various Special Olympics sports for the last 7 years, and continues to volunteer with the organization. At the age of 25, she joined the Alliston Women’s Institute in the hopes of giving back to the community that had given her so much. Being in a younger age group than the majority of WI members has given her a unique perspective on the importance of youth engagement in rural community participation.

The purpose of her presentation will be less to suggest changes to be made, and more to shed light on the practices and morals that make an initiative appealing for younger individuals in a rural community. With over 100 years of resounding success, WI is a shining example of these. She looks forward to an enlightening discussion around these topics.