The Village Bloggurls Win The Michele Landsberg Award!

Back in July, the Village Bloggurls won the Michele Landsberg Award, which recognizes a group that is doing recognizes an organization that is doing great work to build confidence and self esteem in girls and young women by helping them find their voices and use them to raise awareness about women’s and girls’ issues in Canada through media. It was announced on the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) website, and when I say that the girls were elated…

they really were!

It was and still is such an important accomplishment, especially since this award follows the CWF Contest win that we received a couple of weeks earlier.

In August, we held an Award Ceremony at the local school in the Lotherton Community. Beth Malcolm, the Director of CWF was gracious enough to say very kind words about our group, the Girls Fund, and the importance of this award. And none other than the woman herself came to speak to us about the importance of using our voices: Michele Lansdberg!

A picture with Michele Landsberg herself! And #ward15 Councillor Josh Colle took the photo!

A picture with Michele Landsberg herself! And #ward15 Councillor Josh Colle took the photo!

It was wonderful to speak with her and to hear such encouraging words from someone who has made a grand impact on the lives of many girls and women across Canada by using her voice!

Michele Landsberg wrote a very heartfelt, empowering, and inspiring letter to us and we would like to share just a piece of it:

When the committee read about your plans to learn more about democracy and about women in politics, we were excited, because we know this opens the door for you to see yourselves as future leaders and politicians. Yes, some of you one day will be city councillors or members of the legislature. Or maybe even the mayor of Toronto…why not? And that all started here, where you bloggurls learned the power of using media to express who you are, instead of being defined and oppressed by media made by others.

More can be read here

We would like to thank The Canadian Women’s Foundation and Michele Landsberg for this amazing award. We are so grateful! And a big thank you to Joyce PS for allowing us to use their space with the graduating kindergarten children. Congratulations to you too!

– Jean

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