Alicia Bjarnason

Alicia Bjarnason

President

Alicia has 15 years experience in the oil and gas industry as a professional geologist. Two years ago, her young son was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer. She immediately walked away from her career to be the primary caregiver for her son. At the time, Alicia was working as a consultant. The experience made her realize the precarious position families can be put into when dealing with a family crisis. Fortunately her young son is doing great, and is often her sidekick as she volunteers within AWSN. The new direction set into motion an interesting journey.

 

Alicia has embraced the not-for-profit world, volunteering for the various groups that helped her family when they were in need; including Children's Wish and Kid's Cancer Care.  She feels that families are less vulnerable if they have options when going through a crisis, this includes both parent having access to employment. In the hope to better family situations, she volunteers with groups that are focusing on attracting, retaining and advancing women in the work place. She volunteers for groups like Women in APEGA, WinSETT and MentorUP. Alicia is also a masters student at the University of Calgary looking at how gender can play a role in when, where and how women work.

 

Alicia is also the co-founder of AWSN's WWIN and Project Manager for the AWSN Women's Re-engagement Program.