Aboriginal student talks pensions with retiree

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In Part 3 of our series, Stephanie Leadbeater and Kahsha Patterson sit down to discuss economic issues, particularly those related to pensions. Leadbeater is now retired, but held a variety of jobs during her working life. She helped start a private school in British Columbia, was a sous-chef on Prince Edward Island, and coached Olympic-level track and field. She has two grown sons and two grandchildren, and has lived in southwest Calgary for the last five years. 

Kahsha Patterson is studying public relations at Mount Royal University and is in her second year. She was born in Montana, but has lived in Calgary since she was eight. Patterson is also a member of the Piikani First Nation. She is concerned about the employment market for recent university graduates, and has seen many of them fight over the same jobs.

Edited by Jesse Buchholz

Public relations student Kahsha Paterson wants to be able to have work-life balance after she graduates. Photo by Ashley Grant.One of Stephanie Leadbeater’s biggest concerns is how the government will secure an economically viable future for her two grandchildren. Photo by Caroline Fyvie.