Elena Pennell entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2016. Elena completed her B.A. with a double major in Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Victoria in winter 2015. Her research interests include Temporary Labour Migration, Labour Precarity, Transnational Family and Emotion. Elena’s thesis prospect is to work with Mexican Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) here in BC in the Fraser and Okanagan valleys. She aims to shed light on how this form of labour migration impacts TFWs’ family-life. In order to do so she will ask How TFWs experience being away from their families in their every-day lives and how they engage with transnational practices, such as calling, instant and video messaging, and sending remittances, in order to cultivate their family ties across great distances. Senior Supervisor: Kendra Strauss; Committee Member: Dara Culhane.