Voice, visibility, and education play an important role in creating communities that are more gender-equitable. In honour of International Women’s Day, we wanted to amplify and celebrate the voices of the incredible women in our organization by presenting them with a challenge in reflection. We asked for their favourite quote or a piece of advice that has positively impacted their lives. We have shared the collection below in hopes that they will educate and inspire others too.
Don’t be afraid to take smart risks. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be hard on yourself when you make a mistake. It is what we learn from a mistake that helps us do better next time.
– Sheri East
Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.
– Natalya Smith
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”
– Donna Lloyd
Self-care is not a luxury — it is a necessity. Make your social, emotional, intellectual, and physical wellness a priority, because when you start to take your needs seriously, others will too.
– Aurrey Drake
Speak up when you have something to say. As women, we often wait to be told it’s our turn to speak. Be confident in the experiences and knowledge you have gained, even if (especially if!) it’s different than someone else’s experience or opinion. Don’t wait for someone to ask if you have something to add. Your voice is important.
– Victoria Campbell
No matter what happens in the office, the sun will always come up tomorrow morning.
– Marlee Sauder
“Grow. It’s a big world. There’s room. You fit. I promise.” (Owen Lindley)
– Katie McQuaid
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” (Jennifer Lee)
– Camilla Evans
There is always something to be thankful for.
– Shelley Forwell
Be a good listener and always be willing to take others’ advice.
– Diane Weinstein
A team is not a group of people who belong to the same department. A team is a group of people who trust each other and have each other’s backs.
– Eva Steininger
Work-life balance is more than just time management. Some of the best tools you can have in your career are those you have gained through life experiences in parenting and life management. In the same way, some of your best strategies in parenting and life management will be gained through experiences in your career.
– Melissa Fishman
“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” (Gina Carey)
– Christina Salieb