The individual stories of these 12 women are selected from over 100 nominations to be presented on the Remarkable Woman poster series.
They are representative of diverse backgrounds and abilities, which highlight the important roles each woman plays in our communities.
Shehnaz Cavey has been advocating for oppressed and marginalized people since she was 20 years old. When her day job as a high school English teacher is over, she volunteers in her West End community as a pro bono mediator, board and committee member and volunteer at festivals, outreach programs, and seniors’ care homes.
Winnie Cheung’s work as an educator and volunteer has helped make Vancouver a truly inclusive and diverse multicultural city. Projects she’s been involved with include the Vancouver Dialogues Project, Reconciliation Canada, and the newly incorporated Pacific Canada Heritage Centre, which she co-founded.
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, where she offers a safe, welcoming environment to both newcomers and established locals.
Judy Graves has spent half her life working with Vancouver’s homeless. Overnight, she visited doorways, alleys, and parks, talking with the people sleeping there. By day, she was at city hall, as advocate for their rights. Judy and her thousands of volunteers have given to the homeless and guided many of them into permanent housing.
Suki Grewal has built bridges between distinct cultures in Vancouver. As a health care practitioner, she’s raised awareness of health issues in South Asian culture, and as a grassroots organizer, she’s been pivotally involved in the South Asian Family Association, and a variety of festivals, such as the Sawan Mela, and the Desi Dhamakaa.
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.
Gwen Haworth has contributed to radical changes in public awareness about trans and gender-variant people. Among many important video documentaries, she 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.
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. Now, among many other Kerrisdale volunteer initiatives, Keiko brings neighbours and friends together at her well-known cultural salons.
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.
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.
Darleen Point is a residential school survivor. The year she left the Convent in North Vancouver, she ran in the 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.
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.