I am such a fan of the Canadian Women’s Foundation! A public foundation, it consists of committed supporters, donors and volunteers across the country and diligent, enthusiastic staff workers that passionately believe in the importance of social change.
In the simplest terms, CWF invests in programs that move women and girls out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence. In part these programs strive to:
teach young people about healthy relationships;
counsel children who have witnessed violence, to help them heal and prevent them from becoming victims or abusers themselves;
support women as they rebuild their lives after abuse.
On Wednesday of this week, the CWF organized a wonderful evening at the headquarters of the YWCA in Toronto to celebrate some of the dedicated people from across the country who put programs in place and keep them running, often under the most difficult conditions. Having the opportunity to speak with these people was beyond inspiring.
With an increase from 14 programs offered last year to 28 this year, there is still so much work to be done! The surface is barely scratched. Please take a look at the CWF website and consider how you can be involved.
To top off this evening, the guest speaker was Sami Jo Small, a proud Olympic gold medal winner and enthusiastic co-founder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. I must admit it was quite a thrill to hold that magnificent medal as it was passed around!
Sami’s message was powerful, as she led us on her journey from being the only girl on a boys’ hockey team in Winnipeg at the age of 5 to joyfully standing on the podium at the Olympics. She stressed how things didn’t always go as she would have wished in her career but the lesson she learned was this: you can’t always choose the role you want in life but you can choose how you play the role you are handed. Words to live by.
Investing in the power of women and the dreams of girls.
Are you involved in any work that helps to inspire young girls or educate impoverished women to assist them in building a new life for themselves and their families? And how about girl’s or women’s hockey? Have you ever played the game or attended a women’s hockey game? Strap on your skates and give it a try!
Amber West says
I’m not directly involved, although I have contributed in the past to organizations that help women build lives for their families. (And I have helped some on an individual basis)
I’ve never been to a girl’s/women’s hockey game, but I’d love to go to one! I used to watch the guy’s play pick up games. I would have joined in if I wasn’t such an uncoordinated skater. 🙂
Amber West says
PS – Have I told you I love the blog’s look? So fresh!
Thanks! It was time for a change and the header photo is of Antibes, France where I would live forever if I could just transport the rest of my life there … sigh … So I get to live the fantasy on my blog!
Amber West says
It is GORGEOUS. I just want to stare at it all day and pretend I am there.
Amber, it doesn’t surprise me at all that you would be involved in something as worthwhile as this. I’m going to watch one of Sami’s hockey games when I’m in town this winter. Can’t wait!
This is so great Patricia! I saw a video of a really little girl running one touchdown after another in a football game! I hope when she is older, she is still playing!
How cool is that?
Tameri Etherton says
I love the new header photo! Ahhh, France. Someday I’ll get to see where all these pictures were taken.
Sami’s story is so inspiring. Good for her to follow her dream, even if it meant playing with the boys.
You know I love this organization! I’m still trying to find one in the states and/or California to which I can give my full support. There are so many, it’s hard to pick just a few.
Enjoy yourself at Sami’s game ~ I look forward to pictures!