Nominated by: Status of Women Council of the NWT
Ashley MacDonald is an advocate for young women’s empowerment in Canada’s sub-Arctic capital city of Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, and holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba. Ashley has 13+ years of experience in the field of social work. She has coordinated and facilitated the YWCA NWT’s hugely popular girl’s empowerment and leadership program—GirlSpace—for the past 8+ years. Additionally, she has worked in behavioural and mental health treatment centres for children and youth across southern Canada, and for the past 6 years with children in a psycho-social treatment centre in Yellowknife. In March 2016, Ashley was a YWCA Canada Delegate at the United Nations 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), in New York City at the United Nations, which included sitting on an international panel on ending violence against women and girls, at a parallel event. When not working with young people, she is active on the N.W.T.’s vast wilderness trails with her 6 dogs—hiking, dog sledding, and enjoying the beautiful and rugged lands and lakes. Ashley also actively volunteers with the St. John Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Program and at the NWT SPCA.