March 8 marked International Women’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the successes and advancements that women have achieved in the workplace. Regrettably, one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a set back in the progress being made advancing female participation in the workforce. The pace of progress towards gender equality will need to accelerate to recover from this setback.

This year, members of our team showed their support by raising their hands high to show their support and to encourage others to commit to helping forge an inclusive world by seeking out and celebrating women’s achievements. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.

In addition, MP Anita Anand gathered the Oakville community together to discuss Women’s leadership and the many barriers facing women today.  Christie Henderson, Dr. Janet Morrison and Councillor Pavan Parmar joined the panel and shared their respective experiences and ideas followed by a Q & A. It was an insightful conversation including the topics of pay equity, shifts in perception and the importance of role modelling. We will continue working hard to advance gender equality, being acutely aware of the brunt that women have bourn as a result of the current pandemic.

And thirdly,  two strong leaders and tremendous role models of our very own, Christie and Robyn, donned their new Tuck Shop Trading Co. “Sorry Not Sorry” toques in support of International Women’s Day/Month.

collage holding hands up zoom discussion image Christie and Robyn in toques