Beck was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is currently a social work student at the University of Calgary. They graduated in June 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English (Honours) from Mount Royal University, and decided to return to school to pursue a career in social work, despite a tenuous relationship with academia.
Beck is a non-binary trans person, and uses the pronouns they/them.
Their current professional focus is on better understanding and removing the barriers faced by the trans population in accessing health care. A writer and a reader, Beck is also interested in exploring storytelling and the impact personal narrative has on our understanding of self. Part of the reason Beck ended up pursuing social work was their interest in the power of story to help understand, heal, and grow. Other than narrative theories, Beck's approach to practice (and life, really) is queer- and feminist-focused, concerned with redefining gender, and really just trying to make a genuine connection with people.
When not occupied with their academic pursuits, Beck enjoys reading whenever possible, using all lowercase letters for aesthetic, and marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the thousandth time. They have been described as both a "cool dad" and a "cool grandpa." Make of that what you will.
Beck's quotes to live by:
"One should always be a little improbable." - Oscar Wilde
"Life's a party; rock your body." - Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Beck would also like to acknowledge that they live and work on Treaty 7 land, the traditional land of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) peoples and the people of Treaty 7, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Beck acknowledges that they are a guest on this land.
Photo: Amanda Paterson
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Cameron, E. (2016, November 14). "Bill 29 brings much needed modernization to Alberta on gender issues." Metro Calgary. Retrieved from http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/11/14/extensive-bill-29-brings-much-needed-modernization.html
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