Girls Inc. set to celebrate its Women of Inspiration series on International Women’s Day
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.
Farah Mohamed will be the keynote for this year's virtual celebration. Photo by National Speakers Bureau
Top L-R: Regina Oppon, Victoria Brown, Rachel Ivey, Chithra Udayashankar, and Shreeya Patel, a Westwood Community High School student/youngest Woman of Inspiration - will be inducted into the series on March 8. Photo by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta
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.