Hanging with Helen

International Women’s Day is March 8th. While I am excited for all the women on the #DoTheDaniel to celebrate in their own ways around the world (follow our Instagram account to see how and go BTS with them), I had to stop and think about how I too wanted to thank each and every woman I could in the world. So when the team at L’Oreal Paris Canada asked me to join them for The 2018 Women of Worth Awards Gala at the King Edward Hotel hosted by award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, I jumped at the chance. That does after all sound like one heck of a way to celebrate #IWD2018! 

“The Women of Worth program honours Canadian women who selflessly volunteer their time to serve and improve the lives of those in need. Selected from an impressive pool of public nominations, each Honouree was chosen by an esteemed judging panel based on the impact of the cause she’s championed and innovation she has demonstrated to benefit those less fortunate.”

Because each of the nominees deserves to be recognized, I hope you take a minute to read about them below:

The 2018 Women of Worth Honourees are:

· Carol Todd, The Amanda Todd Legacy in Port Coquitlam, BC promotes mental wellness and healthy living by improving awareness of bullying, cyber abuse and internet safety

· Chantal Bernatchez, Association Vergers d’Afrique in Montreal has assisted nearly 5,000 women from Burkina Faso to create revenue producing activities to help fight poverty

· Dr. Jane Vermeulen, Vets for Pets in Victoria, BC provides free veterinary care to over 60 pets a month on a consistent basis to homeless and low-income pet owners

· Hazar Mahayni, Syrian Kids Foundation in Montreal offers education, humanitarian relief & social services to Syrian refugee children from different backgrounds, sects and religions

· Lise-Marie Gravel, Autism Without Limits in Montreal spearheads the inclusion and personal fulfillment of autistic adults in social and learning environments

· Lourdes Juan, The Leftovers Foundation in Calgary rescues 4,000 lbs. food per week from being thrown in landfill and delivers to service agencies in need

· Maike van Niekerk, Katrin’s Karepackage in Halifax advocates for cancer patients in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland by offsetting travel costs for cancer-related appointments

· Stachen Frederick, BrAIDS for AIDS in Toronto raises awareness of HIV/AIDS within the African, Caribbean and Black community through cultural practice of hair braiding

· Subhra Mukherjee, Sai Dham Food Bank in Mississauga, ON is open 24/7 providing free deliveries of nutritious food to seniors and frail adults struggling with hunger across 9 cities

· Victoria Plouffe, Beads of Courage in Calgary helps children & teens with serious illness to record, tell and own their stories of courage through programs of narrative medicine

On March 8th I will join some of Canada’s most inspiring women, who have helped the lives of countless Canadians with their efforts and initiatives. I already know I will leave the event feeling inspired to make the world a better place and I encourage you to follow along with me as I share my experience in real time on social media! For more information on this initiative and how L’Oreal Paris is supporting Canadian women on a daily basis, make sure to check out www.womenofworth.ca

For more behind the scenes of this and other amazing brands we are working with around the world, make sure to follow along with the #DoTheDaniel Instagram account. We would love to have you join on our adventures.

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Photos: Daniel ReyesThe 2018 Women of Worth Awards Gala & all social media accounts listed above


Daniel Reyes

Mobile photos have been taken with my Huawei P10 Plus