Over the past five years, L’Oréal Paris Canada has honoured extraordinary and inspiring women in their incredible philanthropic initiative — Women of Worth. Each woman in the diverse group is recognized for her strength, determination, and dedication. They are  passionate leaders recognized in their communities, nationally and even globally with  missions to help implement change and bring hope to all. They are the innovators and fearless champions who devote their time and energy into making this world a better place.

This year, the brand welcomes 10 remarkable women to join the accomplished Women of Worth alumni; all of whom are redefining generosity, living with extraordinary purpose, and working to heal and grow communities. Over the past five years, L’Oréal Paris have bestowed over half a million dollars across fifty organizations in Canada, some of which include the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, food insecurity, support of marginalized communities and underserved youth, environmental sustainability, the development of platforms for BIPOC communities, and more.

The 2021 Women of Worth honourees are held in high esteem for the considerable influence their actions have had across a variety of causes and initiatives. On International Women’s Day, a $10,000 grant will be presented to each honouree towards her charity.

From now until March 4th Canadians can cast their vote for the 2021 National Honouree – the honouree who will receive an additional $10,000 grant towards her non-profit charity, a core factor in the judging panel’s selection of the 2021 National Honouree. For more information on the Women of Worth program, to learn about past and present Canadian Honourees, and to vote , visit www.womenofworth.ca.

Here are the 2021 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Canadian Honourees…
(in alphabetical order)

Elise Konadu Ahenkorah#shemeets in Calgary, AB is dedicated to helping the next generation of female BIPOC entrepreneurs and innovators through providing networks, training, mentorship, and resources for professional growth.

Simryn Atwal, Bridge the Gap Mental Health Association in Surrey, BC actively delivers mental health educational programs to marginalized groups in society, making resources and peer-to-peer facilitation more accessible.

Cindy Blakely, New Circles Community Services in Toronto, ON is a multi-tiered agency that provides essential support, including clothing, training, and settlement to newcomer and low-income Canadian families.

Boma BrownSupport Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour (SNIWWOC) in Victoria, B.C. and Toronto, ON addresses the barriers to access reproductive healthcare for black, Indigenous, and other racialized women, by empowering them through a holistic and integrated model, offering a range of services to women.

Rhonelle Bruder, Project iRISE in Toronto, ON is a survivor-led organization that offers innovative skills and leadership development programs for at-risk youth and survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence.

Dr. Marie Josée Dubois, Les Enfants GIOIA in Estrie, QC provides children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from rare and incurable diseases, along with their families, the opportunity to experience joy through learning, play, wellness, and companionship.

Evelyn Fox, Communities for Zero Violence (CZV) in Toronto, ON is an advocacy and awareness non-profit agency that aims to take a holistic approach to connect communities in order to eradicate gun violence while supporting victims and survivors.

Meseret Haileyesus, Canadian Centre of Women’s Empowerment (CCFWE) in Ottawa, ON is a national organization that tackles financial and economic abuse among women and survivors of domestic violence through education, advocacy, and policy change.

Bita Malekian, Water Movement in Calgary, AB bridges the connection between Indigenous water treatment operators and experts nation-wide, by providing a collaborative, interactive, and accessible online platform where they can connect, share ideas, and access learning videos.

Aditi Sivakumar, My Empowerment Platform in Ottawa, ON is an all-encompassing website that provides tools and information about gender-based violence and resources for at-risk women and children facing violence during the pandemic. Some of Aditi’s initiatives with her organization include My Empowerment Packs, which are wellness kits and resource booklets for women facing violence and youth facing homelessness.