Be Bold For Change

March 8, 2017 | 0 Comment

I borrowed this month’s title from the theme of International Women’s Day 2017. I love the call to action, the theme is imploring each of us to do something to make the world a better place for girls and women across the world.

Why is this important and why should we care? I recently read an article in which The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap is not likely to close until 2186. That means that gender inequality will continue for the next 170 years unless something drastic changes. These facts stir up many emotions for me such as: surprise, anger, sadness and determination. It is unbelievable that in 2017 we are still at this place, a place where many women before me have tried so hard to correct this, and yet it still seems that we are so far away from achieving this goal. According to a 2016 report from Statistics Canada, on average women earn 73.5 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The number is even lower for Indigenous women and women of color. Some of you may know that I was born in Uganda, East Africa. Having recently visited Uganda this past summer, I was reminded that those most affected by the gender gap are women and girls living in the third world.

I think there are changes that can help this movement along the way. I am determined to do my part even though I may not necessarily know what that looks like yet. Here are a few of the things that have been suggested in working towards equality:

  • Speak out about gender inequality
  • Encourage women to negotiate for better wages if they feel they are not being equally compensated
  • Government should make it mandatory to report pay data
  • Make childcare more accessible or allow parents to work from home
  • Raise the minimum wage

Although these may seem like common sense solutions, it is understandable that they may be difficult to implement. Change is never an easy thing but there are times when it is necessary, I believe this is one of those times.

Lets all Be Bold For Change and do our part in reducing and ultimately eliminating the gender gap.

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INTROSPECTION

February 8, 2017 | 0 Comment

I always find this time of year difficult, it is hard to top the joy of the holiday season.  The cold dark days seem to last forever and winter seems to want to hang on forever.  I find this the perfect time of year to be introspective, to take time to figure whether I am still pursuing the goals I set for myself and what I need to do if I have fallen off course.

This year is a little different though, I find myself thinking about things that are bigger than me.  I usually steer clear of writing about anything political but I have to comment about recent affairs.  After the election results from the south of us, almost every day brings with it something a little more outrageous than the day before.  The recent news of a travel ban is but one example of all the negative and divisive headlines that have become all too common over the past few weeks.  This past weekend I could not escape the news of families that had been re-united but sadly also those that would not be because visas had been revoked.  I started to think about my own journey and how my mother brought four children from Africa seeking a better life.  I find it incredibly sad that the most powerful nation in the world, the one that so many look to for guidance, the land where dreams come true for so many has now become a nightmare for some.  The leader in this country with one stroke of a pen and absolutely no afterthought threw the lives of many into turmoil.  He has shattered the dreams of so many and there is no guarantee that all will be fixed.  I worry about the future and what is to come, how many more executive orders are going to make headlines?  My only hope is that there will be checks and balances that can stop some of the madness.  We have seen displays of this with the brave judges who have halted the travel ban and the Attorney General who lost her job because she would not support the ban.

During this month of love, let us extend it beyond our usual circle.  Let us try to do something nice for someone who is not in our immediate group.  You never know what impact your act of kindness can have on the recipient.  If we fill the world with love there is less space for hate

“Humaniaty is like the fingers on a hand.  Each one is different.  But we are all connected as ONE.“  Author Unknown

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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017 | 0 Comment

I love the following quote by Brad Paisley because it is exactly what the beginning of each New Year signifies to me.  Every New Year is like a blank slate, we are blessed with the opportunity to define what our year is going to look like.  We get to decide what is important and what we want to accomplish in the year.

My hope for you is that you write that book and fill it with all the things that you want.  Let every chapter be filled with your audacious goals; be bold and fearless and don`t let anything stand in your way.  It is only in facing our fears that we can ever fully live up to our potential.

Have fun writing your book.

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Thank You

November 11, 2016 | 0 Comment

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Let us never forget that there are people in this world who are willing to put their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the freedom we do every day.  Never take for granted the life we as Canadians enjoy, we have freedoms that millions around the world will never experience, this freedom is owed to our heroes.  This Remembrance Day let us salute all our soldiers.

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Counting My Blessings

October 14, 2016 | 0 Comment

I battled with myself as to whether to write today’s blog because it was intended to have been posted on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately due to life’s craziness in our household I was unable to deliver. I decided however that it was important to acknowledge my blessings because I am thankful for them every day.

My family hosted my in-laws for dinner on Sunday night and we were surprised with my husband’s uncle also showing up. It was a blessed night that only got better when my husband’s brother-in-law and his family showed up for dessert. We had a wonderful evening talking and eating. We watched the Blue Jays sweep the Texas Rangers and then were riveted by the debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. We watched part of the debate with our children and had a great conversation about what the whole election run in the United States means. The resounding viewpoint from all of us was that we were thankful that our own election run for Prime Minister did not disintegrate to the state that the US election has. In an age when women should be celebrated for their accomplishments and all that they add to our society, it is pathetic that Donald Trump has objectified women in the manner that he has. I think the whole world was dumbfounded by the tapes released last week in which Trump made deplorable comments about women. The sad part of this whole debacle is that although there were those who very quickly denounced Trump, there are still those who stand by him. Even as accusations have started surfacing about his possible predatory behaviour, there are still those who still want to vote for him as their leader. My teenage daughters have asked several times how anybody could still want to vote for him, I have been honest and told them I could not answer that question.

As I reflect on this situation, I am thankful to know that most people do not think the same way. I am hopeful that our children (two girls and a boy) will never have to listen to another political figure or anyone for that matter who denigrates women the way that Donald Trump has. Finally I am thankful that women have a voice in the election and anticipate that they will make it clear that they will not put up with the likes of Donald John Trump.

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