“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 “
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.”
March is now behind us and with that, we would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to every one who took part in and followed along our #WomenWarriors campaign this past month! We are overwhelmed with the positive responses as well as the amount of submissions and nominations we have received, so we are pleased to announced that we will be continuing on with our mission over the next few months! Each Wednesday, we will post a new #WednesdayWarrior, so stay tuned and tell your friends! Keep spreading that girl power 👊🏻💖✨
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.”
Madison is an incredible young woman, and we are so thrilled to be highlighting her!
Hi! My name is Madison (@schillian), and I’m the founder of @su.la.po, an editorial platform that discusses beauty in all the ways we consume it – not just product. I’ve made it a mission of mine to produce campaigns for brands that reflect the women of 2018 – our differences should be celebrated, highlighted and showcased to younger generations as part of the mosaic of beauty we live in.
About Her Women Warriors:
My role models are each of the women that have kept true to this mission; who lead with generosity, spirit, and heart in whichever field they exist in. It can oftentimes be difficult not to react to adversity with negativity, criticism and exclusion – but the women who inspire me reach out to have the difficult conversations, do the necessary work, and still live in love while doing so. Cheers to them doing above and beyond what has been asked of them. That is true strength.
Meet our girl, Blaire! She is a 19 year old student in her second year of studying Education to become a French Immersion teacher. She is also a Resident Advisor at her University!
She says “I love to surf and ski, and I am passionate about music and mental wellness. This last year has been a personal struggle as I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, all while trying to balance being a student and resident advisor. It has affected me in multiple aspects of my life; however, I know that it does not define me. By surrounding myself with the right people this year, I have learned to never be ashamed of my mental illness; I am learning to be a voice, not a victim.”
About her Woman Warriors:
“My mom and my sister have both taught me true strength. They both truly have a heart for others and no matter what they are going through, they always help those around them first. They both stand up for what they believe in, and were both a voice for me when I couldn’t find my won. One of the best things they have both taught me is to dance like nobody’s watching and to be unapologetically me.”