Backgrounder - Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) bursary recipients


Through support from the Government of Canada, CanWaCH and the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Secretariat is providing over 50 bursaries to gender equality advocates and mobilizers from across Canada to sponsor their conference registration, travel, and accommodation, so that they can participate in the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia from June 3-6, 2019.

The bursary recipients are (see the CanWaCH website for full biographies):

  1. Afnan Naeem, a public health professional and advocate from Waterloo, Ontario.
  2. Amy Carver, an entrepreneur and healthcare professional from Long Creek, Prince Edward Island.
  3. Amy Grant, a Communications Coordinator at YWCA Halifax of Métis and Mi’kmaq descent from K'jipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia).
  4. Amy Robichaud, the Executive Director of Dress for Success Vancouver, a community empowering women into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs.
  5. Andrea Sobko, a lawyer, educator and feminist advocate with The Period Purse from Toronto, Ontario.
  6. Anita Mark, a social justice advocate, consultant and facilitator with RESULTS Canada from Victoria, British Columbia.
  7. Ariel Mishkin, a member of the BC Council for International Cooperation's Board of Directors and an event planner for First Nations Health Authority, from Victoria, British Columbia.
  8. Asaf Shargall, a Co-creative Director with Women’s Global Health Innovations from Toronto, Ontario.
  9. Ashley Hall, a Community Outreach worker with Crossroads for Women from Moncton, New Brunswick.
  10. Audrey Baril, a Project Lead and advocate for the health and wellbeing of young women in Burkina Faso and Senegal, from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Lac, Quebec.
  11. Aurora Hardy, co-founder and facilitator of Youth for Lateral Kindness, a citizen of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and of the Wolf Clan, based out of Whitehorse, Yukon.
  12. Autum Jules, volunteer with Northern Council for Global Cooperation, from the Teslin Tlingit Council First Nations in Yukon Territory.
  13. Bintou Barrow, Founder of Gambian Fempreneurs, an organization dedicated to providing women with the visibility and start-up capital they need when embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, from Toronto, Ontario.
  14. Brianne Klingspon, a teacher with ONE! International Poverty Relief from Sherwood Park, Alberta.
  15. Brittney Potvin, a Program Coordinator with the Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) and Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC), based in Whitehorse, Yukon.
  16. Dillon Black, a gender-nonconforming feminist, anti-violence advocate, and LGBT2ISQ+ rights activist with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women from Ottawa, Ontario.
  17. Emily Haugen, a student at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University and one of this year’s Daughters of the Vote, working with Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice from Langley, British Columbia.
  18. Esther Enyolu, a trauma counsellor and a guest lecturer on gender-based violence, diversity, inclusion and human rights issues from Durham, Ontario.
  19. Faria Khan, an advocate for global health and diplomacy, especially in sexual health, health promotion, and gender-related issues, based in Calgary, Alberta.
  20. Fatima Beydoun, a third-year student at Dalhousie University and 2019 Daughter of the Vote from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  21. Francess Amara, a grassroots organizer originally from Sierra Leone, currently living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  22. Francisca Mandeya, a civil servant, transformational speaker, author, and coach, who is passionate about gender equality, living in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
  23. Gabrielle Jacob, an student at the University of Northern British Columbia, who has taken on many roles during her undergraduate studies to champion international cooperation, territorial sovereignty, and humanitarian rights from Vancouver, British Columbia.
  24. Grace Van Mil, a social justice worker in international and community development from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  25. Habiba Cooper Diallo, an award-winning writer, public speaker and women’s health advocate who founded the Women’s Health Organization International non-profit, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  26. Hirut Melaku Eyob, a consultant in pregnancy and infant feeding with a focus on racial equity, sexual violence and LGBTQ2 issues, from Montreal, Quebec.
  27. Jamileh Naso, a student, spokesperson, and activist with Operation Ezra, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  28. Jannatara Begum, a Bio-archaeology and Physiology student at Wilfrid Laurier University, from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
  29. Jane Hope, the marketing and communications manager for Lunapads, a social venture dedicated to sustainable menstruation from Vancouver, British Columbia.
  30. Jenn Fredericks, a Team Lead & Community Therapist with the YWCA Moncton in New Brunswick.
  31. Jillian Kilfoil, Executive Director with the Women’s Network in Prince Edward Island, based in Charlottetown.
  32. Jubanti Toppo, an Immigrant Support Program Coordinator with the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Service Association in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
  33. Karin Tischler, founder of Emily’s is a visibilizer and advocate for highly qualified professionals trying to return to paid work after a long period of absence, from Surrey, British Columbia.
  34. Karina Walker, a Community Programming Coordinator for Youth within River East Transcona School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  35. Katie Davey, creator of Femme Wonk, a policy and current affairs podcast and a member of the Youth Working Group on Gender Equality for the Government of Canada, from Saint John, New Brunswick.
  36. Lexie Obey, a Plains Cree-Métis women, youth care worker and a recent graduate from Regina, Saskatchewan.
  37. Lori Boland, has spent the last 2 decades dedicating her career to the health and well-being of children and families through advocacy projects aimed at shifting culture to be more inclusive, equitable and safe for all people from Vancouver, British Columbia.
  38. Lydia Phillip, a Communications Manager at the Black Business Initiative (BBI), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Black entrepreneurs, from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  39. Mai Ngo, host and producer of The Birth Talks, a podcast about birth conversations with a feminist twist, from Toronto, Ontario.
  40. Maisyn Sock, a Mi’kmaw woman, student, and Indigenous youth advocate from Eskasoni and Elsipogtog communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
  41. Marie-Hélène Lajoie, a Project Officer working with international youth at the Carrefour de solidarité internationale in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
  42. Melanie Walker, a Consultation and Accommodation Manager for Tsleil-Waututh Nation, who works to uphold Indigenous rights through consultation with stakeholders and multi-levels of government, currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  43. Mélissa Beaulieu, a Communications and Project Officer with Assemblée des groupes de femmes d’interventions régionales (AGIR Outaouais), from Gatineau, Quebec.
  44. Micaela Crighton, an activist, recent graduate, and co-chair of advocacy on the board for the Institute for International Women’s Rights from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  45. Miley Wee Kee Leong, a board member with the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and Good Night Out Vancouver, currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  46. Mishma Mukith, a non-profit organization co-founder and City of Edmonton civic advisory board member from Edmonton, Alberta.
  47. Nelly Bassily, an intersectional feminist, sexual rights, and anti-racism activist and Director of Youth Initiatives and International Relations at the DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN Canada) from Montreal, Quebec.
  48. Nevena Vucetic, a first-year graduate student with the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  49. Rachel Richard, a Public Engagement Officer at the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity from Moncton, New Brunswick.
  50. Reina Foster, a member of Plan International Canada’s Youth Advisory Council from Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario.
  51. Rosemary Ganley, a lifelong feminist activist and writer, who attended the Fourth UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, from Peterborough, Ontario.
  52. Sheryl Evans-Price, a municipally elected Trustee for the Algoma District School Board and Director for the Algoma Region at the Ontario Public School Board, from Northeastern Ontario.
  53. Sophie Seguin, a doula, feminist, and co-coordinator at the Regroupement Naissance-Renaissance from Montreal, Quebec.
  54. Sophia Qaderi, a second-year Political Science student at MacEwan University from Edmonton, Alberta.
  55. Sydney Piggott, a Manager of Programs and Projects at YWCA Canada from Toronto, Ontario.
  56. Tyler Andrade, a recent graduate from the University of Winnipeg and a member of the International Institute for Women’s Rights, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  57. Yash Pillay, a PhD student in Medical Biochemistry and grant writer with ONE! International from Sherwood Park, Alberta.
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