In 2019, the Women’s Economic Council (WEC) met many new amazing and inspiring women from different communities across Canada. These project participants and members of staff helped the organization to grow and build partnerships to better support the women in these communities.
WEC would like to recognize the project participants and project volunteers who are stepping up in so many ways in the Her Own Boss! Project. We are excited about the new connections participants and volunteers are making with each other and in the community. They are helping provide direction to our St. John’s Newfoundland project and are helping to lead sessions and mentor others so that women become equipped to work in a self-employed capacity.
Women are strong and have so much talent tucked away. This project is encouraging women to learn from others and also teach others based on their experiences. We grow stronger together! In 2020, we anticipate these women to get connected to new resource opportunities while continuing to help one another to explore their entrepreneurship goals.
The organization has also benefited from the assistance of a multi-city research team composed of researchers from the University of Ottawa, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of British Columbia. Not to mention the indispensable partnerships with other fantastic women-oriented service providers such as the Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO), the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House in Vancouver, and the Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador (MWONL).
With regard to our Advancing Gender Equality by Building WEC’s Capacity (CAP) project, we’d like to recognize the IIBA Ottawa-Outaouais Chapter for partnering with our organization and helping WEC reconfirm the capacity building direction we should be taking. There are all kinds of partnerships but I have to say that this partnership was a model for how partnerships can work. Our partnership helped support the mentorship of junior business analysts while at the same time encouraging 25+ sets of fresh eyes to analyze WEC’s current capacity challenges and propose new possibilities for the future. WEC is looking forward to continuing its capacity building journey by working with a new Evaluation team, Strategies for Good in 2020.