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.”
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.”
Hi I’m Maiya! I’m a 20 year old student studying Resource and Environmental Management at SFU and I’m also a lifeguard and photographer (you can find me at @mandmphoto). My whole life I’ve been weary of changes. I don’t like jumping into the unknown and trying new things. But some of these jumps have led me to the best things, jobs and people that I’m surrounded with now.
I owe all of this to my Women Warrior- my mom. She’s pushed me throughout my life to be the best version of myself, even when I don’t want to pass the start line. She’s one of those beautiful souls that doesn’t shape her life around what others think, she makes her life what she wants it to be. She inspires me to be both a dreamer and a realist, to accept change but also to cherish. When you’re a kid you look up at your parents like they’re superheros, and I think as you get older, you realise just how heroic they really are.
“My name is Sydney I’m 20 years old and in my third year of Hospitality Management. I own a lifestyle blog and photography business. I love to dance, read, and do yoga.”
About my Mom:
My #WomanWarrior is my mom. She has been a constant strength in my life, and always shown leadership, passion, and empowerment. My mom inspires me to grow and believe in myself everyday.
Be sure to check her and her blog out @sydneypower_!
This is Jade her #womanwarrior is her mother Tracy. Jade is a Elementary school Teacher teaching grade 3 and 4’s. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology and also Bachelor in Education. She loves playing guitar and dancing. Spending quality time with family and friends is important to her. She is a loving and caring person and always puts others before herself.
Tracy is her woman warrior because Jade has always looked up to get for her strength, determination, and kind heart. “She always told me to go after my dreams and role modeled perseverance. She inspired my love of learning and teaching.”
Vivian is a small business owner and certified lash technician from Coquitlam, BC! At just 19 years old she started up her own lash company, making each and every client walk out feeling confident and beautiful! Be sure to give her lash page some love @vivlashes!
About her Woman Warrior:
“My mom inspires me because she has raised me to always be kind to others, be positive on the tough days, and always believe I am loved and I have her on my side. No matter what she deals with, family will always be her first priority.”
“I’m a 3rd year Computer Science Student and being in a highly male dominated field can be quite intimidating but my 2 female role models, powerhouses : my mother and grand mother have thought me to look beyond what I identify as but what I have to offer. My mother was the only woman that was in line for a promotion at her previous firm and when selected many looked down at her but she dominated the position beyond everyone’s expectations she showed me that what a man can do a woman can just as well or even better. My grandmother was a single mother and she raised 6 children by herself. She drove to the hospital while she was in labour and shows me time and time again that regardless of whatever you’re going through you’re only able to accomplish everything when you believe. These two women have both dominated in two different aspects which has contributed to the woman I am today.”
Thank you for the submission Ife, we’re completely inspired!
DM us via social media to have your #WomenWarriors highlighted in our campaign, looking forward to hearing about who you choose 🙂