These programs can change individual lives, and ripple outwards through their families and communities. Here are just some examples of impact stories:
“I left the program with so much more confidence than when I started. That was a huge part of my healing journey as an Indigenous woman going into business.” Vashti Etzel participated in a business program through EntrepreNorth that honours Indigenous entrepreneurs’ cultural ways of knowing, being and doing, which helped Vashti take her wearable art business to the next level. EntrepreNorth has received funding from the Foundation since 2018.
“Every morning, I was so grateful. I remember thinking, ‘I can breathe, I can sleep in peace…’ ” After leaving an abusive relationship, Sofia* didn’t know how she and her young son would move forward. With the support of a women’s shelter that received support from the Canadian Women’s Foundation, she began taking the first steps toward a brighter future. She eventually went back to school to become a community service worker and ended up coming back to work at the shelter to support other women in their journeys.
“I no longer worry about what others think of me, because now I know the only person I need to impress is me.” When she was 12, Amar lacked confidence. Then she discovered the Something for the Girlz program, which received funding from the Foundation. It would change her life forever, so much that she also has volunteered as a mentor in the program to help other young girls.
*Name changed for privacy.