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2014 Remarkable Women poster series: Honouring women in the Year of Reconciliation
From over 100 nominations, twelve women were selected for the 2014 Remarkable Women poster series honouring women in the Year of Reconciliation. These women are bridge builders, advocates, and peace makers; community makers who foster healing, support, and respect for all people.
In 2014, the City is embracing reconciliation through a year-long effort that seeks to heal from the past and build new relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and all Vancouverites.
Shehnaz Cavey has been advocating for oppressed and marginalized people since the age of 20. During the day, Shehnaz works as a high school English teacher. When not teaching, she volunteers in her West End neighbourhood as a pro bono mediator, board, and committee member. She also volunteers at festivals, outreach programs, and senior care homes.
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Winnie Cheung’s work as an educator and volunteer has helped make Vancouver a truly inclusive and diverse multicultural city. Some of the projects she has worked on include the Vancouver Dialogues Project, Reconciliation Canada, and the newly incorporated Pacific Canada Heritage Centre, which she co-founded.
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Having experienced life as an illegal immigrant at the tender age of four, Anntuaneth followed her father’s example and began volunteering her time. Through hard work and schooling, she became the Latin American Youth Worker at Britannia Community Services Centre, where she offers a safe, welcoming environment to both newcomers and established locals.
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Judy Graves has spent half her life working with Vancouver’s homeless. At night, she visited and talked with people sleeping in doorways, alleys, and parks. During the day, she worked for the City of Vancouver as advocate for the rights of the homeless. Judy and her thousands of volunteers have given to the homeless and guided many of them into permanent housing.
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Suki Grewal has built bridges between distinct cultures in Vancouver. As a health care practitioner, she’s raised awareness of health issues for South Asians. As a grassroots organizer, she’s been pivotally involved in the South Asian Family Association and a variety of festivals, including the Sawan Mela and Desi Dhamakaa.
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Gwen Haworth has contributed to radical changes in public awareness about trans and gender-variant people. Gwen created the multi-award winning documentary She’s a Boy I Knew. In 2013, she was invited to speak at the Women’s Forum in Ottawa. Currently, she’s LGBTQ2S educator for PRISM services.
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When a sudden accident confined Keiko Honda to a wheelchair, her busy career spun to a halt. Noticing the compassion of the strangers who cared for her in this transition, she began to pass her gratitude along to others. Now, amongst her many other Kerrisdale volunteer initiatives, Keiko brings neighbours and friends together at her well-known cultural salons.
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Lila Johnston is a bright light in the Squamish Nation Community. She has worked to pass on its language and culture, and to support healing programs for women, family, and community. Recently, she’s helped promote a positive relationship between church and community as they navigate the troubled history of the Indian Residential Schools.
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Angela Marie MacDougal
For the last 23 years, Angela Marie MacDougal has worked to end violence against girls and women. Her work as an advocate, front-line worker, activist, and trainer has included initiatives in women’s leadership, anti violence strategies, and law reform. Angela is currently the Executive Director of Battered Women’s Support Services.
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Raven-Wing believes that people should know about Aboriginal history, including the harms that were done. The traditional teachings and values she’s passed on have helped many people, including street youth, to move on from destructive patterns. She believes in the possibility of change through good, kind, gentle ways.
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Darleen Point is a residential school survivor. The year she left the Convent in North Vancouver, she ran in a pageant and became the Buckskin Totem Princess of all First Nations. From canoe pulling to family sports, Darlene provides an unbreakable link in the ancestral chain – a healer, a mentor to youth, and a support to her Elders.
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Carleen Thomas has served the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in many capacities, most recently as a member of their official opposition to Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. She’s woven a strong bright fabric from the strengths of the people, made from strands of compassion, understanding, and unity.
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Follow the 2014 nomination blog
Learn more about all the amazing women nominated.
Poster designs and the project blog were created by Bite Size Media, a creative partnership between Catrina Megumi Longmuir and Lisa g Nielsen.