Be bold for change on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD) – an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come in our pursuit of gender equality, while recognizing the ways we still need to go. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange – reminding each of us that we have an important part to play in this work.

In my role as an MLA, I’m privileged to work with driven, accomplished women – both in the legislature and out – who strive to create a better province and a better world. I’m proud to be part of a cabinet with 43 percent female representation – one of the most gender-balanced in Canada.

In advance of IWD, I had the pleasure of co-hosting an afternoon tea this weekend with two remarkable women. Christine Mohr is the Executive Director of Options Community Services and Jas Salh is an Investment and Insurance Advisor with Hollis Wealth. It was inspiring to hear the unique stories shared by our guests, Kathy Kinloch, President of BCIT, Judy Higginbotham and Tammy Dyer, Deputy Executive Director of Options.

I’d like to make special mention of my friend, champion of women and Cloverdale resident, Barinder Rasode, whom, at a moment’s notice, agreed to step in to emcee and fill in for me as I was voiceless with laryngitis.

With over 75 people in the room, this fourth annual event continues my tradition of celebrating accomplished women in Surrey. Their stories help us recognize that we need not be afraid to stand up, have a voice, be counted and champion other women.

This IWD, I encourage you to think of actions you can take towards a more inclusive and equal world. Share those ideas on social media using the hashtag #BeBoldForChange to help engage more people in the conversation. Together we can make a difference.