Since 2008, the Vancouver park board has marked International Women’s Day by honouring local women who have made significant community contributions with its “Remarkable Women” poster series.
This year, there are 12 honourees (picked from over 100 nominations), who reflect the theme of the Year of Reconciliation. Here they are, as described in a news release (we've added links to the posters):
Shehnaz Hozaima Cavey has been advocating for oppressed and marginalized people since she was 20 years old, and commits endless hours volunteering to help make her community welcoming and supportive.
Winnie Cheung works as an educator and volunteer and through her numerous commitments has helped make Vancouver a truly inclusive and diverse city.
Anntuaneth Figueroa has been an active community volunteer since she was a very young girl, and through her work strives to make her community a welcoming environment to both newcomers and established locals.
Judy Graves has spent half her life working with and advocating for Vancouver’s homeless, advancing their rights and working with the community and City Hall to provide permanent housing.
Suki Grewal builds bridges between distinct cultures in Vancouver, and works to raise awareness of health issues in South Asian culture.
Raven Wing (Lorelei Hawkins) strives to share Aboriginal history, and by passing on traditional teachings and values has helped many people, including street youth, to move on from destructive patterns.
Gwen Haworth has been front-and-centre in advancing radical changes in public awareness about trans and gender-variant people through her award winning documentary, public forums and grassroots community work.
Keiko Honda has turned her gratitude for care she received after a life changing accident into a long standing commitment to volunteerism, bringing friends and neighbours together for her well-known cultural salons.
Lila Johnston is a bright light in the Squamish Nation Community and works to pass on its language and culture, and to support healing programs for women, family, and community.
Angela Marie MacDougall is committed to ending violence against girls and women through her work as an advocate, front-line worker, activist, and trainer.
Darlene Frances Point is a residential school survivor, and is an unbreakable link in the ancestral chain – a healer, a mentor to youth and a support to her Elders.
Carleen Thomas has served the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in many capacities, weaving a strong bright fabric from the strengths of the people, compassion, understanding and unity.
On Saturday (March 8) at 2 p.m., there'll be a ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.
The posters are also on display in various community centres, libraries, and schools.