Five Inspiring Canadian Women: International Women's Day 2019
Tomorrow is once again International Women’s Day, and that means it’s time to highlight some pretty inspiring women! Canada has so many remarkable female figures that have accomplished incredible things. These women deserve appreciation all year round, but given the occasion tomorrow, we thought we would take special care to give them some extra love today. Without further ado, here’s five inspiring women in Canada that have done amazing things in health, wellness and humanitarianism.
If Samantha Nutt isn’t inspiring, I don’t know who is. She is a physician and a widely-recognized humanitarian who has founded two non-profit organizations: War Child Canada and War Child USA. According to her website, she was providing vital medical care on the frontlines of multiple notable conflict areas, including Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her primary focus has been aiding children in these war zones (hence the names of her organizations), and she has helped thousands of families over the course of her career. Her expertise ranges from medicine to foreign affairs to international crises and war; she is clearly a leader in these areas and has dedicated her life to these noble causes.
If you grew up in Canada, you’ve probably heard of Roberta Bondar. As Canada’s first female astronaut, she has been a household name for years and the subject of many lectures in schools across the country. While this accomplishment is already more than enough to earn a spot on this list, her aptitude doesn’t stop there! She is an incredible academic, having degrees in neurobiology, zoology and medicine and compiling extensive research on the effects of space on the human body. Read her full profile on the Government of Canada’s website; she is beyond inspirational to say the least.
Born in India, Dr. Lalita Malhotra has been in Canada for more than 40 years and now calls Prince Albert, SK home. She is a physician, obstetrician and gynecologist, and was the first woman to independently start a practice in the area, the Women’s Wellness Clinic, which she received quite a bit of pushback for initially. That said, in the years to come, her incredible drive and care for the community demonstrated just how valuable she truly was. She was nicknamed the “Angel of the North,” has delivered over 10,000 babies in the province and has since been awarded multiple recognitions, including the Order of Canada, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and Citizen of the Year in Prince Albert. As a clear champion of women’s health, she continues to advocate and make an incredible difference in the lives of thousands of women around her.
The Honourable Louise Arbour is and has been an inspiration in Canadian government for years now. She is a highly decorated lawyer and judge who has served on multiple prestige counsels in Canadian government, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of Ontario and the Court of Appeal of Ontario. Not only that, but she also served as the high commissioner of human rights at the UN for four years, working hard to preserve vital human rights around the world. But if none of that leaves you impressed, she was also the president and CEO of the International Crisis Group, a non-profit working to promote peace around the world through policy development and influence. Honestly, what an incredible human being.
5) Clara Hughes
A six-time Olympic medalist, winning events in both summer and winter terms, Clara Hughes is a force to be reckoned with in the world of athletics. She is one of Canada’s most decorated athletes having won medals in speed skating and cycling events. She’s not only just an advocate for physical health through her impressive training and performance, but also a huge supporter of mental health. Hughes has become the national spokesperson for the Bell “Let’s Talk” campaign, working hard to end the stigma around mental illness by being outspoken about her own struggles and encouraging others through theirs. In both her athletic career and her humanitarian efforts, she really has made Canada proud!
The Women of Fitneff
The five women mentioned above are pretty incredible people, clearly doing remarkable things in this country and around the world. To bring things back to home, we also wanted to share a bit about the amazing women who work at Fitneff! Our company would not be able to function without them, so we want to show them extra appreciation on this special day. To learn a little bit more about them, we asked each one to share their favourite thing about working at Fitneff:
Angelique: My favourite things about working for Fitneff is the flexibility it offers for me to be able to have a work/home life balance and the wonderful team that I work with.
Tanya: While it sounds super cliche, Fitneff hosts one of the most supportive and encouraging environments I've worked in. Not only is everyone looking to what's best for the customer, they bend over backwards to support each other too.
Kate: My favourite thing about working for Fitneff is how encouraging everyone is about maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Fitneff has always valued the benefits of downtime, a healthy lifestyle and spending time with family and friends.
Rachel: I have loved getting to work with great people who I truly consider close friends – the people you work with can make all of the difference! I’ve also enjoyed learning more about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and the ways we can combat that, and knowing that I’m helping other people learn that too.
Thank you Angelique, Tanya, Kate and Rachel for all of the work you do!
What women in your life are you celebrating today and tomorrow? Share with us below!
Samantha Nutt Photo: by Dustinrabinwarchild under Creative Commons License 4.0; no changes made; retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Samantha_Nutt_New_Image_-_-14.JPG
Honourable Louise Arbour Photo: by the World Economic Forum under Creative Commons License 2.0; no changes made; retrieved from https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasciculus:Louise_Arbour_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_2011.jpg
Clara Hughes Photo: by Robert Scoble under Creative Commons License 2.; no changes made; retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/4387177892/