Edition 1: November 2018

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Our year in a nutshell

Our first year was a wonderful blur of bringing together women from across Canada to envision a better future and inspire others to work to make the world a better place. After building our Executive Board, we announced our first ever Call for Proposals in February 2018 and got some great media pick up, particularly in Atlantic Canada. We formed our 2017-2018 Mentor Squad and built up our social media presence to get the word out. We received impressive proposals from many passionate young rural women across six provinces and matched many applicants with informal mentors to support their ambitions. After a rigorous selection process in the spring of 2018, we announced our official winners in July: Islay Purcell, Samantha Wilson, and Alisha Virmani!

Mentee squad updates

Samantha has already been to and returned from India, learning about rural women community support networks. Be sure to check out Samantha's 4-part blog on her volunteer abroad trip to India with the Women's Education Project, where she talks about her motivations, highlights, and lessons learned - read part 1: Live in the Present. Since coming back from India, Samantha hasn't slowed down! She's started her own business, Wise, Well & Free Holistic Services in Grand Manan, New Brunswick, providing yoga, meditation, and counselling services. We're so proud to see Samantha creating positive change in her community with Global HERizons' financial support and mentorship from our mentors Elly and Jen!

It's been almost a month since Islay started her year-long placement with L'Arche d'Aigrefoin in France with funding and mentorship support from Global HERizons. Day-to-day she is living and working alongside people of different abilities and disabilities in a home and farm in the community. It's just the beginning of what sounds like a wonderful journey - we can't wait to hear more and to invest in her project to create a L'Arche-inspired social enterprise in her community when she returns to Canada!

While working hard on her dentistry degree in Australia, Alisha has been in touch with her mentor Sally, discussing women's leadership, making the leap from rural to global, and more. Together, Sally and Alisha are working on a piece of writing coming out of their talks on female leadership and mentorship - we look forward to hearing more soon!

Stay tuned and check our blog for more updates from our mentees

First anniversary fun

Time flies! Global HERizons celebrated its first year anniversary this September with a gathering of our board members, volunteers, mentor squad, supporters, and friends.

We reflected on our achievements and brainstormed ideas on how to better serve rural Canadian women. We look forward to many more years supporting amazing passionate young women! Let us know what you think 2019 should look like for Global HERizons.

Hacking for #socialgood

From October 12 to 2014, Global HERizons participated in Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK), live-tweeting from Ottawa, with an amazing team of volunteer developers and technologists hacking for social good. Our challenge to them: to build a prototype for an information portal and mentorship matching platform where young women from rural Canada and women leaders can come together.

The weekend was an enriching and exciting experience. We didn't know what to expect, but coming out of it, we are filled with gratitude for the team's contributions to our future thinking and impact as an organization. We were so impressed with the skills, expertise, and enthusiasm in the room! 

It takes a village!

Global HERizons founder Amy Bartlett started this organization in 2017 to celebrate her 40th birthday. Instead of taking a big trip to mark the occasion, she set up the organization and invested the funds she might have used on a birthday trip into creating opportunities for future rural women leaders of Canada.

From these humble beginnings, our first year would not have been possible without the time, energy and enthusiasm of so many people! This includes our passionate Mentor Squad, our friends and champions across the country who promote and support our work, our ambitious Executive Board, and our endlessly inspired Digital Officer Alex Wong. Several donors contributed to this work and we would like to thank in particular Leah Bartlett, Sheila Smith, and Azza Abouguendia.

Want to invest in the next generation of rural women leaders? By donating, you will be providing young women from rural Canada with the support they need to make the leap from local community leader to global changemaker! Learn more about joining our community of investors here.

Watch this space...

  • More mentorship matching in our future? We're continuing to work with our RHOK team to learn from the preliminary outcomes from the weekend and think through what comes next. Stay tuned for updates and participate in our survey to help shape our work in 2019!

  • Our 2019 Call for Proposals is on the HERizon... Spread the word! If you are, or know, a young woman from rural Canada with an interesting idea or passion project for making global social change, have a look at our last call for proposals. We launch our next call in Winter 2019!

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