My name is Kelly, I’m 42, a mother of 4 (twin daughters that are 10, a 16 year old stepdaughter and 20 year old stepson), the Manager of Vancouver Island University’s Student Residences and a Wellness Advocate for DoTerra Canada. My Women Warriors are foremost my amazing Aunts and my Grandmothers – without them I wouldn’t be the woman, mother, partner and professional I am today – they provided such support and positive role modeling when my own mother couldn’t. My Femme Friends and Colleagues are my everyday circle of support, they keep me grounded and also motivated to keep on learning and growing.
“My name is Zuri, and I’m a wife, mother, birth doula and 2-time breast cancer thriver. I initially found it challenging to come up with one person who represented my Woman Warrior, when nearly every woman I know has impacted my life in significant ways. When I was diagnosed with cancer, the women in my life, aunts, cousins, sisters, friends and my mother-in-law, all came to my aid. They were strong for me when I couldn’t be and they helped take care of the things I couldn’t, giving me the time, energy and space to fight and heal. Yet, my biggest, most important warrior was, and still is, my mommy. She took us in (my husband, son and me) when I was undergoing treatment. She nursed me, loved me and pretty much raised my son for a year. I often joke that my son has two mothers – but joking aside, I am so grateful for the bond they now have because of that time. We are both so lucky to have such a Woman Warrior in his life.
Someone who has sacrificed so much in her life for her family, moving to a foreign country, quitting her job as a nurse to birth and raise three children, and dedicating hundreds of thousands of dollars to their lives and education, while providing a warm and welcoming home for all. My mommy is strength and beauty, inside and out, and the epitome of a #womanwarrior “
Zuri, YOU are a true warrior and we love who has influenced you along the journey! Thank you for the submission 🙂
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My name is Dana Townsend. I am a 22 year old student that is currently studying counselling psychology. My whole life I have been drawn to children and so in the future I hope to work with youth who are struggling with mental illness or a disorder. I myself have struggled with anxiety and depression during my adolescent years, and felt as if there was no one to go to for help. My goal is to become someone young people can look up to, as a role model that they can come to for support or help when struggling. I believe that having a positive outlook on life while spreading love and kindness will allow you to receive this in return and I hope to share that with others.
My #womenwarriors are Ellen DeGeneres and my grandma. I love the way Ellen promotes happiness and kindness with everything she does and how each day she strives to make the world a better place. My Grandma saw the good in each person and every situation, as well as treated everyone she met with sincere kindness. I aspire to have a heart as large as these amazing women!
Thanks for the sweet submission Dana. We love that you plan to share love and light to youth suffering with mental illness. Almost every person will struggle at least once in their life with some sort of mental illness… without people like you the world would be a much darker place.
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My name is Farida Salem, I’m an Egyptian soccer player. I played for the Egyptian national team when I was 19. I moved to Canada when I was 21 to further my soccer career. I played for (and graduated from) Vancouver Island University: Bachelor of Sport, Health, and Physical Education. Now I am back in Cairo to inspire other female soccer players to pursue their dreams.
My Mom is my biggest inspiration because she has always been my number one fan. She used to drive me to every single practice and match ever since I was a kid. She fights the secret battles we don’t see – she is a true woman warrior.
Today our #WednesdayWarrior is Krista! Her beautiful #WomanWarrior for our #WomenWarriors series is her incredible mother.
In 2012 Krista produced the dramatic web series Last Fall of Ashes. It went on to screen internationally and won 10 awards at the LA Web Fest in 2013. The web series also won an award at the Hollyweb Fest and was nominated for a Canadian Cinema Editors Award. In 2014 it was nominated for a Leo Award. Krista teamed up with Orsy Szabo in 2014 for the first time as writers and producers on the short film Lead & Follow starring herself and Ian Tracey. This short film was awarded a grant from Telus STORYHIVE and has screened at festivals in North America and Australia. In 2015 she co-produced the short film Kindergarten, Da Bin Ich Wieder, which won Crazy 8’s 2015. Orsy and Krista collaborated in 2015 forming their own production company called Yellow Heart Pictures. They received another grant from Telus STORYHIVE which brought to life Alexz Johnson’s music video Heart Like That. It can be seen on Air Canada flights EnRoute program as well as Telus Optik Local. David Ray’s Grand Unified Theory marks Krista’s first feature film as an Associate Producer. The film had it’s world premier at the Beijing International Film Festival. It won Most Popular Canadian Feature Film at The Whistler Film Festival. In addition, Krista created and maintains the film’s website as well as running it’s social media pages.
About her Mother, Donna Rand:
“I worked as a Financial Adviser for twenty seven years, while married and raising four children. Next I became an entrepreneur as an owner/landlord of my commercial building for seventeen years. I have curled competitively…our team won the BC Provincial Ladies Finals in 1982 as well as a Gold Medal at the BC Winter Games that year.
After my husband passed away, I watch three of our four children go through divorce and nursed my second partner through cancer for 6 months, before he passed away. Shortly after that loss, my eldest daughter passed away leaving an only son behind. His Dad has since remarried…life must go on. It has been such a pleasure, to have my nine grandchildren play such a big part of my life. I am very grateful for each relationship and the quality time we continue to share. My parents entrusted me with their Powers of Attorney and Health Representation Agreements which was a tremendous honor. Last year, they both passed away within two months of each other.It is very important to me, to always encourage and support my children and grandchildren with their individual endeavors. I am most proud of the relationships I have maintained with my daughters and their respective families.I am now retired and happily married to a wonderful man that I have known for forty years.”
The response for our #WomenWarriors series this month has been so beautiful! So many amazing people have reached out to us, and we were so happy to connect with today’s feature through our platform.
Natasha is the Founder and Managing Partner at TAFA Consulting Corp; an HR & Recruitment Consulting Firm. Tafa Consulting Corp
She says “My goal is to build a truly value add business, where clients and candidates know where to turn for operational or strategic HR and Recruitment support”
Her Women Warriors are her mom and sister:
“They keep me grounded, give it to me straight, and most importantly, support me unconditionally. They are incredible forces in their own rights, and I’m proud be able to acknowledge them.”