In Brampton, we celebrate International Women's Day by coming together to be inspired and encouraged while hearing the stories of female leaders in our community.
This year, the Brampton Board of Trade presents Julie Cole, a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel's Labels. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, best-selling author, and sought after speaker and emcee.
In addition, the community will celebrate Angela Carter, as the 2023 recipient of the Naseem Somani Memorial Leadership Excellence Award.
The award is named in honour of the memory of Naseem Somani, former CEO of Dynacare. Naseem was an important member of our business community and a giant in corporate Canada. She was a leader who was known both for her competitive and collaborative spirit. In growing her business, Naseem demonstrated that working with others, together, we can grow our community, our nation and beyond. The award is designed to recognize, inspire, develop and encourage women's personal and professional leadership. Angela Carter is currently the executive director of the Roots Community Services Inc. (RootsCS), a charitable multi-service organization that provides culturally-relevant programs and services to inspire, empower and motivate individuals, primarily from the Black, African and Caribbean communities, to make positive changes in their lives and within their communities.
HAGO is an anti-poverty organization based in Brampton Ontario, that aims to eliminate period poverty in Canada and developing countries. They have distributed hundreds of thousands of menstrual products since we incorporated in 2018, under the Canada Not-for-profit act. Our efforts so far have served individuals and centres across Canada, the Caribbean and a few African counties.
1.Provides free access to reusable & disposable period products
2.Provides workshops to educate all ages about menstruation, uterine health and anatomy.
3.Empowers women & girls with year-round anti-stigma campaigns to build self-esteem, and eliminate period stigma.