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Girls Inc. set to celebrate its Women of Inspiration series on International Women’s Day

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Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta is making a mark on this year’s International Women’s Day by celebrating its 2020-2021 recipients of their Women of Inspiration series.

On March 8, the local social profit who champions girls and women will be virtually inaugurating five residents from the Wood Buffalo region into their coveted Women of Inspiration series. The celebration will be held online at 6:30 p.m.

Regina Oppon, Victoria Brown, Rachel Ivey, Chithra Udayashankar, and Shreeya Patel will be honoured as Women of Inspiration. Patel is also the youngest woman to be inaugurated at 17 years of age.

Farah Mohamed, founder, G(irls)20 and former CEO, Malala Fund, and a social profit entrepreneur/ international leader will be the keynote speaker.

Nanase Tonda, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta shares more on the initiative.

“Women of Inspiration is an advocacy program established in 2012 to honour, celebrate and learn from our local ‘women of inspiration’ who inspire others, break new ground or old barriers, and help create change, and who embody the mission of Girls Inc. The series also aims to show girls inspiring local role models, so they can see what they can be.

There have been 106 women recognized thus far, including 24 scholars,” explains Tonda, who has been with the organization for over two years. 

“Last year, Girls Inc. hosted the Women of Inspiration Gala, an evening where over 200 guests were brought together to ‘shatter’ glass ceilings, obstacles, barriers and stereotypes. This year, we are asking you to join us in putting the shattered pieces back together to envision a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society.”

The virtual celebration will be a two-day event presented by Bouchier. Accompanying it will be a free youth-specific event, Women of Inspiration: Celebrating Tomorrow, which is showcasing as a mentoring event, on March 12.

“This is for youth across the Wood Buffalo region. The event will feature Maryam Tsegaye, an École McTavish High School grade 12 student and the very first Canadian to win the Breakthrough Junior Challenge (a global science video competition). The event will facilitate a casual yet meaningful peer-to-peer mentoring session for girls,” continues Tonda.

Tickets are available here. Each ticket comes with an ‘at-home celebration drink-set’ and experience box. Youth can join the March 12 session by registering online.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.