Hey! I’m Dani. I am 22 years old and I live in Victoria, BC. I work for Island Health doing kindergarten screening and I am also a Photographer! I love the idea of this project because I strongly admire all the women around me who have influenced me in my day to day life. I work with women, I was raised (a lot of my childhood when my dad was at sea) by two STRONG and BEAUTIFUL women, and I just recently did a interview/photography project on 18 local female musicians in Victoria. Through my enentire life until this last year I had breasts that were far too big for my stature. I wanted what every girl wants, to be comfortable in her own body, fit at least some of the trends, and to not have that be the focus of every dude when at a bar, date, etc. ( it had even had gotten to the point where I had been grabbed there, or verbally harassed because they clearly “stood out” to a male at a concert while I was taking photos). I had a breast reduction in Decmeber of 2017 because I had problems with my neck, back, and shoulders. It changed everything. Waking up in the morning I felt better. I felt lighter, more confident INSTANTLY. I know you shouldn’t HAVE to modify your body to help your confidence, but because of the issues with my back and whatnot, it helped so much and I will never look back. Women face so many challenges every single day. In the workplace, at a concert venue, in a bar, on the street, everywhere. Its ridiculous, BUT the best part about being a woman is that we have a strong force of sisters that are all able rising up together and say enough is enough. The reason I chose my mum as my women warrior is because she has always pushed me to be the very best version of my self. I see a lot of her in me every single day. Shes generous, tough, smart, witty, brave, talented, beautiful, and funny. Shes always shown leadership and was very excited when I started my Women for Women project this last fall. She helped so much. She raised two girls while our dad was away at sea with the Navy. My mum as well had a 37 year career in the military and now works for Island Health as well, after retiring (for a week). She is everything in a person I hope to be one day, and I am so incredibly grateful for her.
About Our #WednesdayWarrior, Diane:
A mom of 10 year old son, Wally and 12 year old daughter, Ashley. Business owner and Olympic and World Champion Curler, Diane loves seeing the world through Ashley’s eyes… “My daughter Ashley, a wonderful athlete and an aspiring actress, inspires me with her courage, her sarcastic sense of humour and her commitment to her craft. She manages a crazy schedule while keeping all the balls in the air and keeps us laughing too!”
Hello! My #womanwarrior is Oprah.
I am a textile designer in London, England who loves using traditional art and CAD to create designs that bring colour and vibrancy to homeware and fashion (ie. wallpaper, rugs, bedding, dresses, accessories, etc.). You can find some of my work on insta @cgreenberg.design and on FB at: facebook.com/ChloeGreenbergDesign/
Of course my mother will always be my strongest pillar, but I have to thank her for introducing me to Oprah at a young age. After school every day I would come home to sit with her on the couch, watching and listening to the ways in which so many people faced adversities and how they overcame these obstacles through Oprah’s show. This impacted me by allowing me to believe in myself and by teaching me to treat others with respect and compassion.
Thank you @projectwomenwarriors for making the time to bring love and positivity into this world
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 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.”