2020 Women of Inspiration™ Nominees

2020 Women of InspirationNominees

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  • Increasing her circle of influence, inspiring the next generation of leaders.

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Since our inaugural awards on September 26, 2015, we have recognized over 700 women and awarded 150 Awards.

Woman of Inspiration™  is an extraordinary woman who leads by example, lives on purpose and inspires others to be more and do more. She is a modern-day hero, game-changer, mover and shaker, and role model who leads by example. With courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity, she inspires others to go further, making a ripple impact across her community and around the globe. We are moving the needle to recognize the achievements of women making an impact locally, nationally and globally. Recognize the leaders within your organization and champion to advance women in business.

Rayne Grein

Always Saturday Marketing - Co Founder

I've worked with Rayne in the past - she is an incredible leader and entrepreneur. Rayne has launched 2 businesses in the last two years. One being a marketing agency for purpose driven & sustainable businesses, they contribute 1% of their revenue and volunteer time to organizations with One Percent for The Planet. Second, is a nonprofit focused on helping youth athletes participate in amateur sports by getting rid of financial barriers and giving them access to more resources, equipment, etc. Rayne has always been passionate about doing good and this shows through her business journey.

Justine Reichman

NextGenChef - Founder/CEO

Progressive Thinker Justine Reichman, founder of NextGenChef, considers eating healthy a basic human right, “We are empowering the next generation of culinary innovators dedicated to regenerative practices and making nutritious food more affordable,” says Reichman, whose San Francisco-based platform supports socially minded entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch their businesses and begin creating greater access to quality food products. The expansive network offers real tools, including a directory of culinary mentors, help with research and development, and dynamic community events. Reichman adds, “We want to change the conversation so that people everywhere demand a better food system.”

Bhushita Ahuja

Samvedna - Founder & Author

Bhushita Ahuja is just 16 years old but she has already achieved great heights in life. Being a high-schooler, she is also committed to social work through her foundation, ‘Samvedna.’ She is State Champion in chess and spreads her passion across to 300+ underprivileged kids from across her country, India. Apart from this, she is also the author of the book, Open Your Wardrobe for Answers which is based on clothing psychology. Her creativity, ambition, and resilience are what I admire most about her which is why I believe she is worthy of this award.

Nina Nyakio

Flora Terah - Young school girl

As the youngest council member at HeartLake united church Nina Nyakio 15 year old motivational speaker, poet, artist, and environmental activist from Toronto, Canada is a role model among the young black community trailblazers across Canada.Very bold in giving inspirational speeches at schools and community events. Young Nyakio has been supporting UN Sustainability Development goals especially keeping our environment. She is a leader of ecosystem school project students who advocates for single use plastic ban. She has volunteered to plant trees organized by Credit Valley Conservation Authority.
Am extremely happy to nominate this young girl because I know I too looked upon several older women who hit the glass ceiling in to pave way for my generation.
Because school comes first,Nyakio doesn't have social media handles as required by UWN.

Jenny Burthwright

Jane Bond BBQ - Chef, Proprietor & CEO

Jenny has an indescribable passion and commitment to her business, her staff, and her friends and family. She works tirelessly every day, on minimal sleep or time off, to create BBQ magic. Creating her business from the ground up, Jenny has taken on construction, electrical, finance, marketing, and cooking to ensure she could get her new location up and running while in the height of the pandemic. What started as a small food truck business, has now grown into a large location with a staff of over 10 people, who are treated like family. When organizations are in need of help, she leaps into action, offering her services without hesitation and without fees. Jenny Burthwright is a strong, bi-racial, and independent woman who deserves all the success in the world.

Catherine Chow

REALTOR®

Catherine is a true leader in her community and a role model for other Realtors. In addition to being on the Board of Governors for the CREB® Reator® Community Foundation, she is the Chair of the CREB® Community Investment Standing Committee. She is a 16 year Senior Associate Shareholder of the Calgary Stampede Committee, promoting Calgary and Western Pride. Catherinehas also helped fundraise and volunteer for several organizations such as: Kids Cancer Care Foundation, RMHC, is a founding member of the CV&Me committee with the Libin Cardiovascular Institute and was nominated as a "Hero of the Flood" by the Government of Alberta in 2013 for flood relief efforts. She is an inspiration to all women.

Valpresious Ham-Davis

Brandywine Center for Autism - Director of Operations and Community Influencer

Val has established herself as a leader in her industry and has continued to excel in her professional career while acting as the executive director in her own family business. During the day she is the Director of Operations and HIPAA privacy officer for a center that provides ABA therapy to children on the Autism spectrum. By night she is the mother of two spirited little boys and the wife of a loving husband who is a clinical social worker.

In her downtime, Val can be found putting her skills as an outdoors woman to good use as a youth archery instructor and nature explorer. In the summer of 2020, she worked with her family to develop an innovative before and after school program focused on education and health through STEM and martial arts training.

Through hard work, commitment to her field, community service, and compassion, she has proven herself to be a pillar to her family and community. She has served as a board member and activist for organizations like Firefighters Wear Pink and Civitan. Val has demonstrated grace and ingenuity in her approach to all things and has truly dedicated her life to her calling as a positive community influencer.

Hannah Yohannes

Filmmaker - Program Coordinator - Speaker

I'm nominating Hannah Yohannes as a Woman of Inspiration because she uses her filmmaking gifts and talents to educate and advocate for her community. For example, as a program coordinator, she transformed the Ve'ahavta Skills Academy (VSA) program which is a 9-week essential skills program from an in-person class to a digital online training program due to COVID-19 being announced as a global pandemic. This is one of the several moments in which Hannah shows her adaptability and dedication to her community members. She also uses her platform as a filmmaker to advocate for those who feel voiceless and mentors youth in the Presenting Our Vision film program on the power of storytelling and highlighting the importance of representation in the media industry.

Shanta Sundarason

Change Maker

Shanta has been in Canada about 10yrs. In that time, she has started a social justice group for youth called The Giving Tree. The children in this group have initiated and run many social justice initiatives including helping/learning about First Peoples and environmental concerns. There are many youth who have gone through this program and come out with insight that will shape their future.

When Covid started, Shanta helped pull together a small group of people to sew fabric masks. She helped source materials and sew. Her porch was the central pick up and drop off for materials and finished products. The porch has also been used for Purse for a Sister, Love boxes for the local hospital paediatric unit and many other things.

Shanta has been instrumental helping the Town of Markham understand the marginalized within their borders as well as those outside. She has done a lot to educate and press those in the local chambers.

Shanta has also worked with the KAIROS Blanket Exercise helping people understand the true history of Canada from a First Peoples perspective. This is an educational tool that helps participants understand the what, where, when, who and how of the history of this Land we now call Canada. Shanta has organized Water Walks and other environmental learning opportunities in her area, bringing awareness and education to those who participate.

I know there are more things that Shanta has done. This is only a few.

To my knowledge, Shanta has not been paid for any of these initiatives. She is a true Change Maker!

Dr. Stephanie Estima

Hello Betty - Chief Betty, CEO

I am nominating Dr. Stephanie for her exemplary work in women's healthcare. In her podcast, book and 1:1 clients she reveals her message to empower women through informed consent. It is her belief, if you can educate a woman in a holistic, nonjudgmental way, she will make decisions regarding her health and her family's health which are aligned with her core values.

Denise Nava

Matchbox Marketing - Partner and Marketing Director

Denise Nava is one of the most devoted and selfless individuals I know. She is the kind of leader who raises everyone else around her up, especially if their voice isn’t typically heard. She’s constantly working hard behind the scenes to stay true to her commitments and see projects through to the best of her ability. This past year, Denise has not only expanded her role working for the Albuquerque Community Foundation to offer more funding opportunities to students and nonprofits in need during the pandemic but she’s built our marketing business, Matchbox Marketing to its full viable potential. She is a community influencer who lends a hand to local entrepreneurs and nonprofits either through volunteering (she’s a longtime Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico) or offering her expertise in marketing strategies.

Ashwini kashinath Bogadi

WorldEmp India Private Limited - Associate Vice President – Talent Delivery,

While Ashwini K Bogadi describes herself as a “trendy woman”, & incredibly talented with diverse interests in various fields ,she is a state level swimmer, member of the Inner wheel Club of Bangalore Junction, a Hardcore Rallyist, Traveler by choice, completed Yoga Junior & the last but not the least, a true Fashionista. She is passionate about Automobiles, Fashion , Music, Dance and everything new. It probably comes as no surprise that the automotive industry is dominated by men. From auto body technicians to racecar drivers, the male presence in this field is impossible to ignore. Despite being in an industry dominated by men, Ab is a rallyist with many accolades. Ab is fearlessly feminine. She doesn’t shy away from posting photos on social media with or without makeup. Over the last year, fans connected with Ab, resulting in a healthy engagement rate ---- if social media were a race, Ab would definitely be winning hands down. Currently employed as Associate Vice President – Talent Delivery, WorldEmp India a Dutch organization.

Jamie Loreth

Jamie Loreth (J Lynn Ady pen name) - Author

Jamie Loreth is the author of The Pink Blanket, the first novel in the forthcoming series, and the Founder of The Pink Blanket Campaign — a campaign intended to help women fleeing domestic violence. Jamie, since a young child, has carried the desire to be a writer and she has forever hoped to one day be able to offer some form of “positive hope or change in the world.” Fortunately, those two passions collided when she made the decision to chase her dream of becoming an author. Caught in an unhealthy marriage herself and watching those close to her suffer in abusive relationships, the story line for The Pink Blanket started to blossom. Today, she has now published her first novel and is working to create a platform that will provide Pink blankets and essential necessities and assistance to shelters for women fleeing domestic violence.

Teri Green

Lite Technology Solutions, LLC - Cio/Ciso

Leader, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Visionary, Innovator, Chief Information Security Officer, Founder of LITE Technology; Teri Green, a Chicago native, has been an example of not allowing a troublesome start to dictate your end. Teri has gone from Orphan to CIO/CISO with her combined life lessons and experience in the field of technology. She recently started a scholarship called the change begins now to help bridge the gap between minorities and women in technology, beginning with the first 10,000 from her pocket.

Shenee Holloway

Gwinnett County Public Schools - Educational Leader

I've literally watched her all of my life...We're twins, but she inspires so many young people and women with her go-getter attitude and constant motivation! As a single mother, she not only attained one Master's degree but also a second one, so that she could continue learning, growing and achieving, while showing others how they can do the same thing. She has expanded her reach beyond the classroom, to using her social media platform and serving in her broader community, sometimes being the first African American or the first woman to do something. I am super proud of her, and to me, she is already a winner!

Dani Saporetti

Obs Pasta Kitchen - Co-ordinator/Volunteer/Pasta Queen

The most generous and beautiful soul. A language teacher- uplifts and empowers women from all over the world and is committed to making a difference - Gorgeous Dani is an absolute GEM! She gives her time selflessly to communities in Cape Town, cooks a delicious pasta meal once a week for 3 or 4 years, and during Covid lockdown she kept going. That special spirit! She loves what she does and puts so much into everything! She makes me want to do more - she has inspired her students and family and friends and given many the opportunity to give back as well as feed hungry bellies. She lives a meaningful, service-driven life. She has so much to give and she gives and gives and we are so blessed to have her. Girl power!

Rosemary Mupambwa

Rosemary Mupambwa - Author, Speaker, Life Transformational and Relationship Expect, CEO

Rosemary Mupambwa is an Author, Speaker, Life Transformational, and Relationship Expect, CEO of Roseslifecoaching Healing Inc. She has transformed a lot of women’s lives through her speaking and retreats about healing. A Widow
herself is one of the most courageous, resilient, and powerful women I know, who got tired of crying herself to sleep after her loss, decided to use her pain to change people’s lives. This strong woman got separated from her children for 6 years when she migrated to Canada from Zimbabwe, but she is still standing. The acclaimed Relationship Expect, went through failed relationships before realizing that people needed to heal from their past before getting into new relationships. Now she helps a multitude of women worldwide, to reset, reignite their groove and get back into the dating scene. Rosemary believes crying without taking action is self-destructive behavior. Her motto is, “Healing Is A Choice.”

Andrea Meharg

Reveal Cannabis - Founder

After struggling with crippling depression for months, Andrea Meharg reluctantly tried cannabis to help her symptoms and the results were truly life-changing. Not only was she able to thrive again, she decided that other women needed to know about the healing properties of this plant and so she started Reveal Cannabis, a place for women to get support and education around using cannabis for better health and wellness. As a certified Cannabis Coach and Educator and a teacher with almost 20 years of experience, she's breaking down stigmas and challenging the status quo with her YouTube channel, the website, and her successful Women's Cannabis Club. Because she's willing to talk openly and honestly about her mental health struggles and the non-traditional way she went about dealing with them, she's changing the lives of women daily.

Dr. Janét Aizenstros

Ahava Group Global - Founder & Chairwoman

Dr. Janét Aizenstros is a signatory with the United Nations Business Action Hub (UNBAH) for the United Nations Global Compact Network. She is an award-winning businesswoman with several leadership awards such as the Top 40 under 40, the Top 10 Inspiring Women in Canada, 2019 Conscious Company Media’s Top 22 Business Leaders, 2013-2014 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction of Business and Entrepreneur, a recipient of the 2020 WXN Canada's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur Award: Top 100, the Stevie® Award winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year Canada; Employer Of The Year for Canadian Business which ranked her company 12th on Canadian Business 2020 Growth List -- making her the first Black Canadian woman in history to scale a 9-figure organization and sole female founder to be featured on the list. Janét is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a participant with Concordia Leadership Council and a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation.

Kayla Isabelle

Startup Canada - CEO

Kayla Isabelle has demonstrated incredible resilience and noteworthy leadership during 2020. Faced with taking leadership of both Startup Canada, Canada's Entrepreneurship Organization, on March 1st, 2020, and of the Innovators and Entrepreneur Foundation during a global pandemic, Kayla has not only sustained, but grown an event-based non-profit, and provided an extended reach to Canada's entrepreneurship community during one of its most challenging years on record.

Kayla began her journey as Executive Director getting a crash course in crisis management in her first two weeks as the new leader of Startup Canada. In the span of just a few days, she went from meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Startup Canada's International Women’s Day event to discuss women's entrepreneurship, to dealing with perhaps the greatest economic crisis this country’s small businesses have confronted in generations. Startup Canada was able to retain 100% of their corporate partners by shifting traditionally conference-based events, digitally. By developing strategic partnerships with organizations like Google, Kayla led the charge on national digital programming, reaching the highest cohort of entrepreneurs on record. Kayla also amplified the organization's focus on social impact, sharing the stories, and providing resources for entrepreneurs aligning to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Through Impact Icon campaigns, and a first-ever digital SDG specific pitch competition, over 2k entrepreneurs tuned in to see the future of social innovation, and social good coming from Canadian Startups.

Kayla also focused on the mental health of Canadian entrepreneurs, leveraging partners like BDC to tell the candid and honest mental health struggles of small business owners through a "Health over Hustle" series of mental health conversations, and providing mental health resources to 20k+ entrepreneurs weekly through the Startup Canada newsletter.

Kayla also led the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation through its first year of programming, recognizing innovators and entrepreneurs both regionally and nationally. With over 17,000 viewers across Canada, the CANIE awards celebrated leading entrepreneurs during their most demanding times, and provided Canada with stories of inspiration. Indigenous entrepreneurs, innovators, and women entrepreneurs alike were recognized with both national publicity, but also funding to scale their businesses. Kayla grew this awards platform digitally from the ground up, in May of 2020, pivoting the entire program in a matter of weeks.
She has led Startup Canada in delivering an unprecedented amount of programming, supporting women entrepreneurs, Indigenous entrepreneurs, and startups looking to scale their businesses on a global scale. Startup Canada, in 2020, has supported thousands of entrepreneurs across 145+ cities across Canada with over 52 national and regional large-scale events and training. With a focus on underrepresented founders, Startup Canada has almost tripled its impact through 2020.
At only 28 years old, Kayla is the CEO of Startup Canada, is the Board Chair of the Innovators and Entrepreneur Foundation, the host of the THRIVE Podcast providing support for women entrepreneurs, an Allied for Startups Member and COVID-19 Working Group Member, and the President of the International Association of Business Communicators Ottawa Chapter.

Kayla is a Founders Institute Mentor, a Carleton University Career Mentor, and an international public speaker on all things entrepreneurship, speaking in India, Tanzania, Israel, and Ghana to name a few.

Mikaella Celeston

Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic & Wellness - Founder

Mikaella is an extraordinary individual she is very knowledgeable and has expertise in the Domaine of Trichologist. She has been helping hundreds of people with hair loss and scalp conditions. She is the first Trichologist clinic in Ottawa. She also formulated and developed a line of products to help the clients especially during those hard times. She deserves to
Be recognized for
All the good she has been doing for her clients.

Samantha Outhwaite

Samantha Outhwaite - Co Founder of Saskatoon Dog Rescue, Founder of Kita's Promise

Despite growing up in poverty, and facing extreme abuse, Samantha has risen above her past to become one of the most influential young women in our community of Saskatoon, SK. As the founder at age 20 of one of the largest animal rescues in Saskatchewan, she now is working on her second non profit which focuses on the relationship between people with complex needs and rescue animals. She has also worked as a support worker/care aide in various orgs for the last 6 years, all while working on her degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

Kehkashan Basu

Green Hope Foundation - Founder President

Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, 20-year-old Kehkashan Basu is an iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of women and children’s rights, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace, and sustainability campaigner. A Forbes30under 30 for Education and the first-ever Voices Youth Gorbachev-Schultz Legacy Award for her work on nuclear disarmament, Kehkashan is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a National Geographic Young Explorer, an UN-Habitat Young City Champion, and the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth and one of Canada's Top25 Women of Influence. Kehkashan is the Founder President of the global social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which works at a grassroots level in 16 countries, empowering young people, especially those from vulnerable communities, in the sustainable development process and she has spoken at over 200 United Nations and other global fora. Through Green Hope, Kehkashan has directly empowered over 130,000 young people, mostly from vulnerable and marginalized communities in 25 countries.

Jennifer Quaglietta

Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) - Vice President, Performance Excellence and Information Sergices

Jennifer has been a visionary leader in the Canadian healthcare sector for over 20 years. Jennifer has overseen countless, system-wide changes with a commitment to nurturing people and advancing patient safety while at the same time keeping performance, innovation, and sustainability at the forefront.

As Jennifer’s career has progressed, she has had a focused commitment to mentoring women (students, peers and colleagues). Jennifer has always made time to contribute to accelerating growth in others and helping create joy at work. She has inspired and supported many colleagues and mentees across the system in achieving their vision, by bridging their strategic functional expertise with landscape navigation to support them in obtaining their professional goals, all while improving value across the system. She was recently named as a Top 10 Women Leader in Digital Health by Digital Health Canada and continues to support women across the country in achieving their goals.

Evangeline Chima

Black Mentorship Inc.. Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) - Founder

Evangeline Chima is the driving force behind Black Mentorship Inc.
Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI). An organization that strengthens leadership opportunities for ALL People by connecting Black youths, professionals, and entrepreneurs at different stages of personal and professional growth with experienced mentors through a unique mentoring program.
She is the perfect example if lifting others through support and mentoring!

Kiruthika Vamatheavan

AUTOXMARKET INC - Founder, CEO

Kiruthika is 21 years old. She’s an entrepreneur, the founder, and CEO of AutoxMarket Inc, it’s an online marketplace for automotive shopping. Also, the founder of Aram Foundations which helps children in third world countries with their education needs. She’s a law student and very interested in global issues. She also received the award for Emerging Leader by CSPN 2020.

Shreya Patel

Window Dreams Productions - Creative Director

Model turned writer, filmmaker, actress, and mental health advocate, Shreya Patel a voice to empower the voiceless. , she has dedicated her life to not only a professional career in film and the arts but also in social work. She is an honoree of the Women’s Achiever Award 2020 for Youth Leadership and CSPN’s Emerging Leader Award Under 35. She is also nominated for Forbes 30 under 30. A natural storyteller, she uses many of her diverse interests and impactful activism work in film projects.

Her directorial debut, the documentary “Girl Up”, brings light to domestic violence and human trafficking in Toronto and has been partnered with TIFF to showcase at Civic Action Summit.

During this pandemic, she has gathered over 65 countries on 6 different continents with over a 100 cast and made a documentary called Unity showcasing the plight of the human spirit.

She’s the face of the national mental health campaign, Bell Let’s Talk and an inspiration to many around her.

Nancy Barber

Bombardier Aviation - Chief Operating Officer

Nancy is an accomplished leader and the first female in the role of Chief Operating Officer at Bombardier Aviation. She has shown incredible resilience, strength, discipline, and heart, inspiring so many around her in her journey. She is an enthusiastic leader who truly cares about her team and enables them to channel their own enthusiasm and grow in their roles. Even during challenging times, Nancy has a way of instilling confidence through her positive approach. Throughout her career she has always been generous of her time and enjoys coaching young women. She actively promotes gender parity both within her organization and through speaking events. What inspires me most about Nancy is not only what she does, but how she does it.

Cindy Watson

Women On Purpose - Founder

Cindy is a true Woman On Purpose. As a successful social justice attorney, she dedicated herself to uplifting, empowering, and promoting women to rise up together. While many people hid during the pandemic, Cindy shone. She showed up doing daily FB lives to uplift and inspire and had people around the world tune in to hear her messages of hope. She used her platforms to share free content, doing intensive free workshops and even offered much of her programing for free. She inspires women worldwide, empowering them to find and live into their purpose and passion. She helps women leverage their innate power to get what they want and deserve through her Art of Feminine Negotiation programs (because all of life is a negotiation). She’s an international speaker, award-winning author, master negotiator and world-class women’s empowerment coach, known for her passion, commitment and ability to inspire.

Tanya Wick

Tolko Industries Ltd. - VP, People & Services

Tanya is a passionate and authentic leader. She consistently relies on her strong values to guide her in all that she does. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion has earned her the respect of the forest industry. Her industry peers see Tolko (Tanya) as the industry leader and reach out to her regularly. Tanya openly shares with competitors, because it's not about being better as a company, it's about just being better. She is a role model at the company and beyond, fiercely advocating for women at every opportunity. The push for D&I in this traditional male-dominated industry is because of Tanya.

Michele Parotta

Mimi Cannabis - Founder

Michele Parrotta - aka Mimi Cannabis was recently featured in The Chicago Tribune in an article about shifting careers. After decades-long career in Hospitality at an age when others are thinking retirement, Michele entered a whole new industry becoming the much-loved influencer and head of the mimicannabis.com brand. Her focus is on counselling and consulting with boomers and seniors seeking cannabis medicine. Recently she attended an exclusive VIP Party with Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong in attendance, and he was extremely supportive of her work, telling her; "Don't stop!" She says she never will!

Carlene Donnelly

CUPS - Executive Directory

Carlene Donnelly is a fearless leader with a big vision of supporting vulnerable populations across Canada as they manage adversity, reach their potential and end the cycle of poverty and trauma for themselves and their families. By redefining the way non-profit organizations approach these challenges, she is setting a new standard of care and a new benchmark for measuring impact in the non-profit sector.

Tracy Lamourie

Lamourie Public Relations - Founder, Creative Director

Tracy Lamourie is a well known long time advocate on a myriad of important worldwide issues and an award-winning international publicist working across industries from major entertainment projects to small businesses. Tracy is passionate about amplifying important messages and being a voice for those who most need one. Recognized by media around the world for her 20-year campaign that ultimately helped free an innocent man from death row to her work getting clients major media attention and for her local community work, Winner of the FIRST PLACE PLATINUM award Hamilton Spectator Readers Choice for PR 2018, Diamond 2019. She also won the MARKETING award at the MAGNETIC ENTREPRENEUR and AUTHOR AWARDS 2019 in Toronto and has been frequently quoted in the media including in an AUTHORITY magazine article "Rockstar Publicists - Be Real, Be Authentic, Don't Be Cookie Cutter with Tracy Lamourie." Tracy truly is inspirational in many ways and deserves this nomination!

Towunmi Coker

TCLI Foundation - Founder/Executive Director

Towunmi Coker is the Founder of TCLI Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and social programming with three core foundational pillars - financial stability, quality education and safe health practices, to vulnerable members from low-income and under-resourced communities. Towunmi is also a Public Health Practitioner and a Community Builder with a MBBS, University of Lagos; MBA South Wales University, and MPH University of Liverpool. Towunmi is wholly committed to inspiring, motivating and empowering vulnerable youth and women to be the best they can be. She is passionate about improving quality of life by promoting access to inclusive education, financial literacy and socioeconomic empowerment which can equip people with the relevant tools required to live a meaningful life while achieving their set goal. Towunmi has provided over 20 programs in Nigeria and Canada with 30,000 beneficiaries and volunteers.