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I was 11 years old when I lost my self-esteem.
I had just moved to Canada from Jamaica. Struggling with culture shock and a new school – not to mention the uncertainty of pre-teen girlhood – I desperately needed a mentor, a strong role model who believed in me. Instead, my teacher at the time decided that I was neither bright, nor capable.
The damage to my self-esteem from that judgment has taken a lifetime to overcome – to remember who I am, and what I can do.
Yet I’m thankful for that experience because it ignited a life-long passion for social justice and advocating for the rights of women and girls.