Inclusivity: Celebrating International Women’s Day 

Photo: BC Achievement awardees Louise Perrone, Teara Fraser, Doreen Manuel, Ellen Woodsworth & Roseanne Casimir

International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, honours the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. It’s a day to recognize progress, acknowledge challenges, and advocate for gender equality. And it provides a platform to celebrate the accomplishments of women in various fields, from science and technology to arts and politics. As we applaud the achievements, it’s equally crucial to acknowledge the diverse experiences and backgrounds that shape these women’s journeys. 

Inclusivity: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges 

Inclusivity lies at the core of the International Women’s Day celebration. It involves empowering women of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. By fostering an inclusive environment, we create a space where every woman’s voice is heard, every story is valued, and every contribution is recognized. By embracing diversity, we break down stereotypes and challenge societal norms, paving the way for a more inclusive and accepting future. 

On this International Women’s Day, let’s shine a light on the stories of resilience and triumph of women who have overcome adversity, inspiring others to forge ahead despite obstacles. 

BC Achievement Foundation has honoured numerous outstanding women leaders through its awards, recognizing their significant contributions across various fields. These remarkable BC Achievement awardees exemplify leadership and make substantial impacts on their communities: 

Ellen Woodsworth, BC Community Achievement Awardee: 

Ellen Woodsworth, a dedicated advocate for social justice and gender equality, was honoured with the BC Achievement Community Award in 2019. As a former Vancouver City Councillor, Woodsworth has championed initiatives to address poverty reduction, peace and women’s rights. Her leadership exemplifies the impact of women in public service, driving positive change for the benefit of the community. 

Doreen Manuel, First Nations Art Awardee: 

Doreen Manuel, an accomplished filmmaker, educator, beader, and advocate, was recognized with the First Nations Art Award in 2019. Through her work, Doreen has contributed to the representation of Indigenous stories in the film industry, emphasizing the importance of diverse narratives. As a woman leader, she has paved the way for greater inclusion and representation in the arts, inspiring the next generation of storytellers. 

Roseanne Casimir, BC Reconciliation Awardee: 

Roseanne Casimir, the Chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, received the 2022 BC Reconciliation Award in partnership with the City of Kamloops for her unwavering commitment to community service and leadership. Roseanne played a crucial role in bringing global attention to the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada. Her dedication to truth and reconciliation showcases the impact that women leaders can have in addressing historical injustices and fostering healing within communities. 

Louise Perrone, Applied Art + Design Awardee: 

Louise Perrone, recognized with the 2022 Applied Art + Design Award, has demonstrated exceptional creativity using materials derived from domestic and industrial textile and plastic waste in her textile jewellery. She is passionate about teaching her skills to others and works as an instructor, inspiring students. Louise is also motivated to create opportunities for artists to thrive and has given back to her community serving in leadership positions with various artist and craft organizations. 

Teara Fraser, BC Indigenous Business Awardee: 

Teara Fraser, a trailblazer in the aviation industry, received the 2023 Indigenous Business Award for her outstanding contributions. As the founder and CEO of Iskwew Air, Teara has shattered gender norms in aviation, becoming the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start an airline. Her leadership exemplifies the power of breaking barriers and creating opportunities for women in traditionally male-dominated fields. 

These recent examples of BC Achievement awardees, highlight the diverse and impactful contributions of women leaders in BC. Their achievements across business, art, reconciliation, filmmaking, and advocacy collectively showcase the significant role women play in shaping a more inclusive, equitable, and vibrant society. 

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