Kezia-Grace Macbruce (Photo: submitted)
Kezia-Grace Macbruce (Photo: submitted)

Striving for social change with an MPA

Driven by a deep-rooted passion for social activism, Kezia-Grace Macbruce’s decision to pursue higher education came naturally.

By Charvee Sharma

What she wasn’t always prepared for, was the move from her hometown in Nigeria to Canada. “It was one of the most challenging decisions I have ever made in my life, but it was a sacrifice that was worth it,’ she reflects.

From sitting on boards to learning from the diverse range of instructors to engaging with the faculty and staff and meeting people from various parts of the world. “It was all worth it, and I'm glad I got to experience it all,” she says.

As our newest JSGS graduates, we caught up with Kezia to share her MPA experience and plans for the future.

What drew you to the program and JSGS?

The MPA program was the next step for my career path, and JSGS had exciting opportunities to offer in a very welcoming and friendly province. I also had a friend who had been through the program, spoke highly of it, and was doing great in her career, which excited me even more.

What’s next with regards to career?

My career path isn’t linear. I am passionate about advocating for women's, children's, and families' rights. I'm looking forward to starting in policymaking within the government, moving to the private sector later, and eventually launching my own consultancy.

My goal is to influence public policy to create positive change, ensuring that women, children, and families have the support and resources they need to thrive.

What is your most cherished memory during the MPA program?

Serving as the president of the Student Association for a year for both the Saskatoon and Regina campuses taught me a lot about leadership and relationships. It inspired me to never back down from challenges and reinforced the importance of inclusivity in our society.

What your mantra for success?

A quote from Emmitt Smith, has guided me throughout.

“Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision. Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in.” 


One advice to students who are about to begin their journey at JSGS?

Be patient with yourself, it's a marathon not a sprint. Give yourself some grace, ask for help, utilize resources available within JSGS, reach out for support when needed, the instructors are very friendly and willingly to assist in areas you need support with. The Student Association is also a good place to look at for student support. I'm rooting for you!