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!
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.”
This is Debbie, her #womenwarriors are Ellie and Sam. Debbie is a wife, mother to a wonderful son and daughter and has three precious grandchildren.
She works full time as an elementary school secretary and loves to volunteer whenever possible. She loves her job looking after all the little ones in her life. She is surrounded by loving family and friends which gives her so much fulfillment and joy in her life and feels grateful each and every day.
“Ellie and Sam are both kind, caring, courageous and strong women who have an abundance of love to give others. Although they have suffered great loss in their lives and have had many obstacles to overcome, they still find the strength to put others first. They never lose faith when times are tough and believe that tomorrow will be a better day. They live by Mother Teresa’s quote ‘In this life we cannot always do great things, But we can do small things with great love.’ “
Amazing. We love it. Thanks for sharing Debbie!
My name is Michelle and I’ve been working as a Management Consultant in Toronto after graduating from McGill University. I grew up most of my life in Vancouver along with my family, and wanted to share a story of an incredibly talented and inspiring woman who is my Woman Warrior.
Her name is Isly Choi, and she was a true Vancouverite at heart. She loved practicing yoga, going for walks in nature, and working on her art/fashion projects at Starbucks. She was always full of energy, bursting with creativity, and artistically talented. Combining her studies in Design & Visual Communication at Emily Carr and Fashion & Apparel Design at VCC, as well as her passion for natural healing for which she found the inspirations through her job at Saje Wellness, Isly dreamed of someday starting her own positive lifestyle brand in Vancouver. Her vision of the brand was “to inspire others to look inside to find their inner beauty & tap into their creative selves, promote sustainable fashion, and build a community of yoga-loving & spiritually enlightened free souls”. She was truly a unique individual who touched the lives of those around her through her colorful personality, everlasting optimism, and overflowing creativity.
This unique and positive soul is someone I am proud to call my sister. While my sister’s life was taken away from this world too soon, I wanted to share her story because my sister was someone who always followed her heart instead of over-thinking about other people’s expectations or solely listening to her rational and logical mind. Sometimes we need to shut down the voices in our heads and truly reflect on what is important to our lives to prioritize the people we love and to discover our true passions. My sister was still so young and had so many creative ideas that she wanted to realize during her time on earth; I hope to someday be able to bring some of her work to life and one day become as colorful as her.
To see my sister’s portfolio of some of her art and fashion design work, please check out: http://www.coroflot.com/islychoi/portfolio
Dr. Zehra Gajic is a perinatal and pediatric chiropractor full of compassion, love, and a whole lotta hutzpah, all wrapped up in a tiny fire ball. Her mission is to empower and support all of her patients, especially those in the motherhood transition. She is belly and baby obsessed and was put on this planet to care for pregnant people and newborns. She graduated with her doctorate in 2015, moved across the country, and opened a practice with her partner which has now grown into a team of 15 amazing humans and the two cutest boston terriers on the planet.
Dr. Zehra’s women warrior is her badass birthy bff, Nicole Chambers. “Nicole is the most incredible doula, counsellor, mom, and friend who is taking over the birth world through educating, empowering, and supporting perinatal women to improve how humans are grown and brought earth-side. She exudes strength, empathy, has the most contagious spirit, and is an inspiration to all who have the privilege of knowing her.”
Check out her practice here: http://www.mapleridgewellnesscentre.ca/
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“My name is Jessica Hartle. I’m a registered nurse within British Columbia, Canada. I’ve been working within my industry for almost a year now, and love being able to brighten someone’s day, even if it’s just for a moment. I have a passion for travel, and a newly found love for outdoor photography. You can find me frolicking in the mountains most weekends, and see my adventures on Instagram @jesssomethin.”
About her Oma:
“My women warrior is my Oma. She grew up in what was the Soviet Union, and was a red cross refugee after World War II. After her immigration to Canada, she met my Opa, and made a living for herself and her family in the lower mainland of Vancouver. Unfortunately, she lost her fight against breast cancer over 10 years. While she was alive she was one of the brightest, kindest, and most patient women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. If I can be half as compassionate and caring as her within my life, I would be happy to say I’ve done justice to her legacy.”
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Sidra Subzwari is a Luxury Real Estate agent in White Rock, BC with Angell Hasman & Associates, http://www.angellhasman.ca/
Her #WomanWarrior for our #WomenWarriors series is her mom. Sidra’s mom is her hero, and she explains… “she’s taught me to be kind to others – ALWAYS. “You never know what some else is going through so always be kind.” I’m always amazed by her. And the older I’ve gotten, the more our bond has grown. She’s superhuman. My second role model is Oprah. Oprah doesn’t know this but she’s my “YouTube mentor” I watch and rewatch her Super Soul Sunday clips on YouTube every morning when getting ready for work. She reminds me to walk in my truth everyday and live an authentic life.”
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“My name is Talia and my women Warriors are my mom and my 2 sisters! I am a self-taught makeup artist & lash tech located in Vancouver (you can find me at @taliajoycemakeup!). My goal is to make each client look and feel beautiful, inside and out, and strive to make them feel like the #womenwarriors they truly are!”
About her Mom and Sisters:
“My mom is my rock and my biggest supporter, she is always there to help me through my toughest situations. She is very selfless and is always the first to offer someone in need a helping hand. My sisters keep me sane and remind me to have fun and to laugh – they’re so bright and excel in pretty much anything they try their hand at and and we have so much fun together.”
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Breton is a West Coast girl with Eastern roots. She was a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet during her school years, and has pursued her passion of sailing. She has learned, conquered and mastered the art of sailing and has began teaching her love for the sport to others. She will be headed to Hawaii this month to coach sailing there, too! By the time Breton hit her early twenties, she lost both of her parents to cancer.
About her Mom:
“When I was 12 years old, my father passed away after a brief battle with a rare cancer. I watched my mother learn to manage a household with little to no help or even income at times. She selflessly set aside her grief so she could give every ounce of her energy to raising me. She continuously challenged me to be my best self and always encouraged me to not let my situation define me. My mother was the most driven woman I have ever known. She filled the roles of Mom & Dad for almost 10 years. When she passed away suddenly in 2015 from a courageous battle with a malicious form of cancer, I found myself stepping into the same shoes she found herself in not too many years before. I was in my early twenties and meeting with lawyers, learning about mortgages, and maintaining a large house. Today I feel a deeper appreciation and connection with my mother than I ever could have imagined. She was my Superwoman. She IS my Superwoman.”