On March 8th, women around the world celebrated their achievements, history and importance in society for 2018’s International Women’s Day. Chartwell was no different, with residences across the country proudly showing their support on the momentous day.
In Ontario, two residences teamed up to sponsor a wonderful opportunity at the International Women’s Day Breakfast, put on by Donna Cansfield and the Etobicoke Rotary Club.
The event, held at the historic Old Mill in Toronto, brought together a number of distinguished guests, including the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, who attended as the special speaker. Etobicoke MP, Borys Wrzesnewskyj, and Etobicoke MPP, Yvan Baker, were also there to show their support. There were also other important guests in attendance, thanks to efforts by staff at Chartwell Grenadier and Chartwell Scarlett Heights.
“Chartwell Scarlett Heights and Chartwell Grenadier combined forces,” explains Moya Peart, Retirement Living Consultant. “We sponsored two tables at the event with high school students enrolled in the ‘Because I am a Girl’ program.”
Because I am a Girl is a program with a global initiative to improve the lives of girls and women. They promote girls’ rights and the ability to lift their families and communities out of poverty, and also aim to improve girls’ access to clean water, food, healthcare, education and protection from violence and exploitation. For these reasons, Chartwell Grenadier and Chartwell Scarlett Heights wanted to give students enrolled in the program a chance to attend the special International Women’s Day event. Chartwell Scarlett Heights also brought along Jean, Olga and Anne, three of the residence’s female ambassadors.
“It was a truly inspiring breakfast that reminded us of the incredible strides woman have taken, but also reminded us that there is work ahead. Both men and women need to continue pushing forward to fight for gender equality not only in our local communities, but all over the world.”
Chartwell is proud to have so many incredible women living and working at our residences and corporate offices, and if this year’s International Women’s Day is any indication of the world’s support for women and gender equality, next year is sure to be even more inspiring!