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These inspirational and diverse stories about local women of all ages in our community are made possible through the continued support of AFYA Skin & Body Clinic as part of our Community Leaders Program.

Local physician shares rewards of working with children with cancer

Local physician shares rewards of working with children with cancer

As a physician who provides care for families of children diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Jessica Norris admits that she sees the role as a privilege, not a burden
Firefighter’s death inspires daughter to become first responder

Firefighter’s death inspires daughter to become first responder

Miranda McNab-Shewchuk's father was killed in a propane explosion at a Woodstock trailer park inspiring her to serve the community as a first responder
Divorce expert shares story of survival and paying it forward

Divorce expert shares story of survival and paying it forward

For Maggie Horsburgh, who previously curtailed her well-being in exchange for acceptance, removing the stigma that often follows separation and divorce is part of her motivation
Blue skies ahead for UW aviation student

Blue skies ahead for UW aviation student

'As one of only a few females in the program, Winnie Ho admitted that her flight path was almost thrown off course - by a grade seven teacher who said girls can't fly'
Award-winning stylist shares inspiring journey as child refugee of the Gulf War

Award-winning stylist shares inspiring journey as child refugee of the Gulf War

Empathizing with the children of Ukraine, Lina Shamoun remembered 'the bombs and the shelters, and the sirens.'
Former Waterloo mayor shares how her pain became her strength

Former Waterloo mayor shares how her pain became her strength

Brenda Halloran speaks openly about finding the courage to leave her abusive marriage and quitting an administrative job for being asked to 'dance' for visiting clients – a time when women weren't commended for standing up for themselves
Pandemic blues: How a local psychotherapist copes with burnout

Pandemic blues: How a local psychotherapist copes with burnout

Nicole Schiener’s focus is to help combat the ‘negativity bias,’ hopelessness, and the overall ‘overwhelm of the pandemic’
Waterloo Fire's Acting Captain trailblazing for women in fire rescue

Waterloo Fire's Acting Captain trailblazing for women in fire rescue

'I never really considered myself a role model until I noticed the reactions I would receive when people saw a woman getting out of the fire truck,' said Laura Gutscher
Martial arts instructor empowers women with self defence

Martial arts instructor empowers women with self defence

Angela Dennis equips women with simple, effective, and memorable ways to escape the five most common attacks
Laurier’s Edna Staebler writer in residence announced for winter term

Laurier’s Edna Staebler writer in residence announced for winter term

Ali Bryan is an award-winning fiction author
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