March 01, 2023
Each year, the accomplishments, capabilities and possibilities of women is marked and celebrated on March 8th as part of International Women's Day (IWD) celebrations. A day to recognize all that she can do and has done. It is also a time to reflect on the progress women have made in our society and to learn what more can be accomplished in helping women fulfill their full potential personally and professionally.
Public safety - It plays a critical part in ensuring residents of any community have the opportunity to live well and reach their personal full potential. Public safety is about protecting the general public and prioritizing an individual's physical safety. First Responders - including firefighters, police officers and paramedics - are most often providing the hands-on support that makes any community physically safe. In York Region, the multiple first responder organizations include York Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, York Region Paramedic Services and Central York Fire Services.
For IWD 2023, the purpose again is to showcase all that first responders do to keep our comunities safe and healthy for all. For this year, the event has been renamed INSPIRE to both emphasize the inspiration that female first responders provide to residents and community members as they go about their jobs each and everyday, and to also inspire young people to consider a career as a first responder.
York Region Community Open House - Celebrating First Responders and IWD 2022
In addition to celebrating the inspirational roles that first responders play, we are also excited to showcase a number of local community groups, advocates and entrepreneurs who are working hard to support and inspire those living and working in York Region. This year's event again provides visitors to engage with a wide variety of community-oriented vendors and include Girls Inc., Rose of Sharon, Town of Aurora, Town of Newmarket, Central York Girls Hockey Association, YorkPRIDE, Newmarket African Carribean Canadian Association, Bookworms and Co., Serving With Pride, Global Pet Foods Aurora, Seneca College, 100 Women Who Care of Central York Region, Femme Gaming Group, Durham Divas Motorcycle Club, Pretty Heroes, MADD, Southlake Foundation and SeeWhatSheCanDo.
Below you'll find links to four female first responders who have generously shared their own personal stories around what it's like to do their jobs and what they do to be their best when on and off duty. We invite you to read each of their stories below. Please also enjoy our highlight reel from our INSPIRE event that took place on Saturday March 4th from 10am to 2pm at CYFS Fire Station 4-5 in Aurora, Ontario.
Her First Responder Stories:
INSPIRE - Introducing CYFS Firefighter Catherine Bourrie - Celebrating International Women's Day 2023
INSPIRE - Meet YRP Constable Dezy Jones - Celebrating International Women's Day 2023
INSPIRE - Introducing OPP Constable Jodi-Ann Morrison - Celebrating International Women's Day 2023
INSPIRE - Meet YRPS Paramedic Andrea ZaniniHooey - Celebrating International Women's Day 2023
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Blog and Photos by Caroline Wiley. Caroline bridged her 20+ years of professional experience in the sport and recreation industry together with her passions for photography and supporting women in sport to create SeeWhatSheCanDo. Her vision is to create a welcoming space where active women find a sense of belonging within their own local community, see themselves in authentic and awe-inspiring ways and find resources to help them be their best active selves.
On behalf of the Ontario Provincial Police, York Region Police, Central York Fire Services, and York Region Paramedic Services, SeeWhatSheCanDo would like to sincerely thank Catherine Bourrie, Dezy Jones, Jodi-Ann Morrison, and Andrea ZaniniHooey for sharing their first responder stories as part of our collective IWD 2023 celebrations.
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