At Daughters Day 2012, four remarkable women were named Daughters of the Year. This year, you will have the chance to meet nine new Daughters of the Year. In the meantime, here is a look at what the 2012 Daughters of the Year have been up to since our last event.
Left to right: Renee Vaugeois, Karina Pillay-Kinnee, Rumana Monzur, and Faye Dewar.
Faye Dewar continues to work with people facing housing challenges at Boyle-McCauley Health Centre as well as running her own business, Missing Link Home Services. She is also busy with getting Ambrose Place ready to open as a new affordable housing opportunity, and with fundraising for Niginan Housing, the organization that has developed Ambrose Place. She spends some time with an international initiative of indigenous women and human rights. She recently celebrated the marriage of a son and says “I am happy and looking forward to having more grandchildren. I am very blessed with having so much in my life. It is full of an interesting path of growth and love.”
Rumana Monzur has recently earned her Master’s degree (with her parents present to enjoy the experience with her) and has been accepted to begin studying law at UBC, saying Bangladesh’s legal system was horribly biased against her and she wants to change it. She expresses thanks for the love and support of many people who had a part in her being able to finish her graduate studies after becoming blind.
Karina Pillay-Kinnee is busy with ending her term as Mayor of Slave Lake and moving to Calgary to go back to school in the Faculty of Medicine. She says “It’s been an incredible journey working with so many amazing people and I look forward to continuing to live my life with purpose and passion.” She begins classes at the end of July.
Renee Vaugeois says the past year has been a “bit of a whirlwind.” In Africa with Ainembabazi Children’s Project, she has been involved with building a new water tank for a school, a school library, undertaking an HIV testing and counselling initiative and delivering education on HIV and AIDS. She is proud they are launching a youth employment program and will be seeing the first graduate going on to university in August. In her work at John Humphrey Centre, a lot of the past year has been gearing up for the Global Youth Assembly (www.youthassembly.ca) coming August 7-10th at the University of Alberta. International Peace Hip Hop Star Emmanuel Jal and Devon Harris, one of the Jamaican bobsledders, will be there.