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International Women’s Day: celebrating women in the District

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Marked annually on March 8, International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness on women’s rights and gender equality worldwide. Today, the District shares three stories to mark International Women’s Day in 2021.

Teacher from Maple Grove Elementary selected for fellowship with National Geographic & Linblad Expeditions

The National Geographic Society and Linblad Expeditions recently announced those selected for their Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship – and Maple Grove Elementary teacher Karina New is one of them. The fellowship is a professional development opportunity that provides a chance for educators to explore conservation and sustainability initiatives with leading scientists and researchers from around the globe. They then bring their learnings back to the classroom to share with their students.

The Grade 5/6 teacher is one of only 50 exemplary educators selected from a large pool of applicants across North America. “Once travel restrictions are lifted, Karina will be sent on an expedition with geography experts, naturalists, photographers and fellow adventurers,” says Lia Cuccurullo, vice-principal of the elementary school. “Karina is the first teacher to ever win from Vancouver,” she adds.

“I have always believed that women have so much to offer to the world of science and exploration,” says New. “I hope that receiving this fellowship shows young women that the world is theirs to explore and that if they take a chance on themselves, their dreams really can come true,” she adds.

An extraordinary accomplishment, the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship is an incredible opportunity for New to learn with other female scientists - inspiring young women to become environmentalists to help preserve the planet.

Churchill Secondary students win ‘Gender Equality Champion Award’ at virtual event

‘The Champions of Change’ club at Churchill Secondary aims to support and promote women’s rights in the school community.

Earlier this year, club members participated in a virtual event with Plan International Canada. The event had youth from various secondary schools and universities throughout the country, where students developed solutions to global issues.

“Churchill’s challenge was to address how to offer more support to girls during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Amelia Saed-Werner, club president. Part of Churchill Secondary’s solution to support young girls throughout the pandemic included a mental health plan with BC Children’s Hospital to provide counselling resources for young women in-person and online.

The club members presented their plan to the attendees at the event and received the 'Gender Equality Champion Award' for their efforts to support women during the pandemic.

“This was an amazing opportunity to collaborate with other passionate individuals to achieve solutions to problems in our daily lives that we experience as women,” says Yasmyn Matheson, vice-president of the club. “This International Women’s Day, I will be able to celebrate with a more diversified perspective and the ability to better advocate for women's rights globally.”

Leadership program at David Thompson Secondary launches fundraiser to support women in Vancouver

Students in a leadership program at David Thompson Secondary called New Faces Leaders recently launched a fundraiser with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Metro Vancouver to support women in the Lower Mainland.

Part of the fundraiser required students to collect items such as toiletries, kitchen essentials, beauty products and non-perishable goods for women in need.

“The fundraiser was not only an opportunity to demonstrate our leadership skills but was also a good reminder to think outside of our comfort zones and to recognize the hardships inflicted upon others,” the New Faces Leaders say.

After connecting with women in the community, the New Faces Leaders are now inspired to continue their innovative efforts in supporting women in need.

How are you choosing to mark International Women’s Day? Learn more about this year’s campaign: internationalwomensday.com

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