Women’s History Month 2012 focuses on the importance of mentors and role models who empower others through their work and help young women plan and accomplish success in their lives, Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for the status of women said today.
“This year, we are honouring women in our province who act as role models and mentors,” said Howard. “The knowledge they have accumulated is the seed they plant for the success of others. Knowledge gained first-hand through a lifetime of experience is a gift that grows in value each time it is shared.”
Five speakers at a special event to be held today at noon at the Legislative Building will speak about their experiences with mentoring, how female mentors have helped them and will offer words of advice to inspire young women in the province. Each of today’s speakers is an outstanding Manitoba woman with a unique view on the benefits of mentoring and an exceptional role model for others, said Howard.
The success of each of these women serves to inspire and encourage others to follow in their footsteps, make a difference and discover the value of mentoring the next generation in their own communities, the minister said.
“It is gratifying to meet so many valuable role models and mentors who work to encourage and nurture other young women in our province,” said Howard. “Role models and mentors can be found in all areas of our province, in rural, urban and northern communities and across a wide number of fields from business and social services to academia, to name just a few. We applaud their generosity in sharing their wisdom.”
Women’s History Month is held nationally in October to celebrate the advances and contributions of women in all aspects of Canadian society. This annual event provides an opportunity to recognize the many achievements of women in Manitoba and to reflect on the continuing evolution of women’s roles in today’s society, said the minister.