Ange Neil is a recent Bachelor of Social Work graduate from the University of Calgary. They are born and raised Calgarian, active in their immediate and extended communities. Ange brings a lived experience lens in their work on homelessness, mental health, poverty, and systemic oppression. Ange has many years of frontline experience working with young people struggling with addiction, mental health disorders, homelessness, and legal issues. Ange’s abilities to critically think about and challenge the social issues impacting our community leads them to bring creative solutions and effective interventions.
Ange is a passionate advocate and public speaker and has traveled across Alberta for the past eight years sharing their experience of adversity in various capacities and venues. Recently, they have emceed and shared their first-hand experience at the Calgary Youth Prevent and End Homelessness Plan 2017 Refresh. Ange uses photography and the written word to document their gender transition and recovery journey, inspire people to join in recovery, and find the light amidst the darkness.