As a teacher and mother of three I believe in education. In my opinion, there is no doubt that the development of a society goes hand in hand with the education of its girls. When I attended the first 60 million girls conference, I was struck by the integrity, passion and optimism of that evening’s message. I knew that I had to become involved in the foundation since it shares so many of my values. With 60 million girls, I feel privileged to be part of something important: taking action for girls’ education. When we offer girls an education, we offer them a better future.
My interest in Fine Arts led me to work in graphic arts and presently as a project director in the field of continuing medical education. When Wanda Bedard proposed to put my graphic art talents to the support of girls’ education through the 60 million girls Foundation, I accepted right away. My determination to defend such a cause has today become a true passion for me.
I was already involved with two organizations which have for objective to educate children in developing countries. Joining 60 million girls was thus quite easy, especially since the foundation is aimed specifically at educating girls, a cause that is close to my heart as a woman and mother of a girl. I sincerely believe that education is key to breaking the poverty cycle for these children.
After serving as vice president in my family’s business, I chose to pursue a career with UNICEF. I worked for many years as manager of various programs with this charitable organization, work that reflected a true social commitment on my part. Working with the 60 million girls Foundation fulfills my desire to continue to contribute to a better society.
We know that the fate of the planet is in our hands. The quality of life of those who come after us depends, from this point on, on our will, our creativity and the means which we will use, locally and internationally, as citizens, women and men, young and old, from the rich countries as well as from the poorer countries of the world. Women comprise half of the world. We can no longer do without their intelligence, their imagination and their talents. The basis for their contribution remains education, that of girls being a priority, too often left aside in the accession to knowledge, understanding and the power to effect change… This is why I have chosen to support the 60 million girls Foundation. We need you who believe in the potential of women.
Contributing some of my time and talents to help the 60 million girls Foundation puts my life into perspective, showing me that there’s more to life than what directly affects me. My mother, Wanda Bedard, opened my eyes to a whole new world and allowed me to participate in this adventure of spreading awareness of the importance of educating girls. These young women have the potential to develop their talents and contribute to a better tomorrow. Age, gender, culture, or any type of diversity adds to the power each of us has to help a cause we believe in. We have the wealth of knowledge to make a difference.
I had been a supporter of 60 million girls for several years, and was always extremely impressed with the work done by this group of dedicated volunteers to improve the lives of young girls throughout the world. When the opportunity to take a more active role on the team was presented, I was thrilled to become more involved. I am a firm believer that education provides the necessary foundation to help girls develop into intelligent, independent and empowered women, and want to contribute to making a positive change for young women around the globe.
A very fortunate path led me to a decade of volunteer work with UNICEF BC. There, I had the privilege of meeting many, many wonderful people, learning a plethora of new skills, and finding my passion, providing assistance and hope to the world’s most underserved children. With UNICEF, I travelled at my own expense to view multiple projects in Cambodia, Mozambique and Namibia, reinforcing my desire to help. In Mozambique, I met Wanda Bedard, whose path I would fortuitously cross again with the 60 million girls Foundation. I am thrilled to be volunteering for this organization!