Zakiya Abdulaziz

Quinn Smith-Windsor: A Summer of Advocacy, Art, and Awareness 

Quinn Smith-Windsor, a dedicated and passionate University of Saskatchewan student, embarked on a summer filled with meaningful endeavors aimed at raising awareness and instigating positive change. Her proactive involvement included a postcard campaign, art projects for a cause, educational engagements, and even venturing into the world of podcasting. 

Advocacy Through Postcards 

One of Quinn’s key initiatives during May and June involved running a postcard campaign across Saskatchewan communities. The goal was to bring attention to an urgent matter—the pressing need for The Canada Disability Benefit (CDB). Through informative presentations and engaging discussions, Quinn encouraged people to fill out personalized postcards addressed to the Hon. Minister Freeland, Finance Minister of Canada. These postcards delivered a unified message: individuals with disabilities cannot afford to wait for the crucial support the CDB could provide. The campaign was a resounding success, contributing to the eventual passing of the CDB later in the year. 

A Special Portrait for a Furry Cause 

Apart from her advocacy work, Quinn dedicated her time and artistic talent to support dog adoptions through the Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). For years, she has been painting portraits of SPCA dogs, raising funds to aid in the adoption process. This summer, Quinn painted a special portrait inspired by “Harley the Hero,” a children’s book by Peggy Collins. The painting was a symbol of her commitment to promoting inclusion, especially concerning service dogs and their invaluable roles in the lives of those in need. 

Artistic Engagement with the Community 

Quinn also engaged with her community through artistic workshops and initiatives. At Christopher Lake Public School, she organized an in-person workshop, teaching grade 1 students the techniques of acrylic pour painting. This experience was not only enjoyable but also an opportunity to share her passion for art with young minds. Furthermore, Quinn sold art cards featuring SPCA dogs during Western Days in Christopher Lake, using the proceeds to benefit the Prince Albert SPCA. 

Venturing into Podcasting 

In a significant step towards expanding her outreach, Quinn ventured into the realm of podcasting. As part of her WGST 210 class assignment, she produced a podcast shedding light on a critical issue close to her heart—the qualification of people with disabilities for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) under track 2, even when not terminally ill. Quinn passionately delved into this topic, conducting interviews, including one with her mentor Dr. Catherine Frazee. The resulting podcast serves as a powerful medium to raise awareness about the lived experiences of individuals with disabilities and advocate for their rights. 

Quinn Smith-Windsor’s summer was a vibrant tapestry of advocacy, creativity, and education. Her dedication to raising awareness and promoting inclusivity is an inspiration to all, showcasing the impact that a determined individual can have on their community and society at large. With her efforts, Quinn continues to be a beacon of hope for positive change.