Top 24 Under 24: Christine Lukac, The Advocate 0
After returning from three months of working with women at risk of sex trafficking in Kolkata, India, Christine Lukac helped found Better Alternatives for Girls' Survival. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
After returning from three months of working with women at risk of sex trafficking in Kolkata, India, Christine Lukac and four of her Simon Fraser University peers decided to build bridges here.
The group launched Better Alternatives for Girls' Survival, importing handbags and yoga carriers from an Indian women's co-operative, Destiny Reflections, to sell in the SFU bookstore and at other retailers.
“As we were working in India, we were developing relationships with the women,” Lukac said. “We didn't want to just return home and have those relationships fall apart.”
As a health sciences student, she argues social inequalities cause health problems and restrict access to services.
The 24-year-old is currently studying health sciences to apply such lessons here to homelessness in Vancouver.
“I'm interested in becoming a physician,” Lukac said, “and specifically in using my education as a tool to advocate for equity in access to the determinants of health in Canada.
“People need to realize that in order to influence the health of these individuals, there need to be changes on the policy and government level to provide social housing, provide access to health care, and so on.”
Her goal is to seek long-term health solutions, not just Band-Aid treatments.
“If we want to create solutions at that root of the problem of homelessness, there need to be changes made at policy level,” she said. “We can't just be downstream trying to patch up the problem. We need upstream solutions.”