Happy International Women’s Day

The official UN theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Inspiring Change. And in the spirit of that theme, I asked MFNERC staff to share if there is a particular young woman who has inspired them.

My daughter Taylor. She inspires me every day to be a better person because she strives to be her best every day in everything that she does, whether it is her school work or extracurricular activities. And she has an amazing ability to look at people and situations without judgement.
– Susy Komishin

Sixteen-year-old Malala from Pakistan who was up for the Nobel Peace Prize in October. Anyone who stays positive through adversity and keeps giving back inspires me.
– Kirby Gilman

I don’t think I’ll ever forget last year’s Lighting the Fire Student Essay Contest winner, Kailey Arthurson. When she read her winning essay there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Her strength and courage were an inspiration to everyone who heard her story.
– Kimberly Kakegamic

The young lady who inspires me the most is my daughter Lindey Courchene. First a few words on how she overcomes adversity: she is a young single mom raising four children on her own. She’s a student in the K-TEP program at Seven Oaks School Division working as an Education Assistant and working toward her Bachelor of Education degree. She is a non-drinker and non-smoker. She has danced and pierced and given flesh offerings in Sundance. She is a First Degree Mide Woman and a Little Boy Waterdrum Carrier and a Pipe Carrier. She has lived with Addison’s Disease and many times we almost lost her to it. Even while unable to walk and lying in a hospital bed she continued to do her university assignments, acing many! However, through all the hardships life has placed before her she always has a smile and good words for everyone. And is relentless in her pursuit of good health, new life and excellence in all that she does. This winter she conducted her first sweat lodge ceremony. What else can I say other than that I love her to the end of the universe and back!
– Dan Thomas

Young women at Otter Nelson River School. Inspiring change.
Young women at Otter Nelson River School. Inspiring change.

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