As a librarian working with children and young adults, Kaija Farstad is devoted to teaching, learning, and living the widest possible variety of experiences. She commends the youth working to promote climate awareness and is committed to the idea that purposeful living, ecological sustainability and social equality are key to our future happiness and productivity.
Within British Columbia, Kaija has lived in Victoria, Prince George, Delta, and Langley, as well as in Carberry, Manitoba, and Osaka, Japan. She is fluent in French and English, and has studied German, Russian, Spanish and Arabic. She has degrees in archaeology and education, as well as her Library Certificate. Under the pen name Kaija Leona, she has published the young adult novel Trust Me.
Kaija agrees with Douglas Adams' statement: "It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, least suited to do it." She does not, on any account, wish to rule people. To the contrary, she wants to create space for the voices and experiences of everyone. Our political system —like many colonial practices and systems that are the result of thousands of years of documented warfare— does not act in the interests of its own citizens, but rather in spite of them. Kaija wants to work to change it for the better.
Since action makes you feel more hopeful, you can often find Kaija cleaning up parks around Langley, picking up litter from the streets, helping to muck out her friend's sheep and chicken barns and visiting libraries and book shops to read for fun.
Like most Canadians, it is only in the last few years that Kaija has come to realise the Green Party is not a powerless fringe party, but the only party committed enough to defy the multinational corporations that put individual profits before our ability to sustain human life on earth. She joined the green movement because she believes they are the only national party with comprehensive enough plans to reverse the climate crisis.
With two children growing up in Langley, Kaija is devoted to creating a healthy future for everyone. In her spare time, she likes to read for the two book selection committees she is on and work on her own novels.