March 02, 2022
International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the many achievements women have made in all walks of life. Celebrated annually on March 8th, it's a time to recognize and reflect on the many ways that women contribute to society in their professional and personal capacities.
Ensuring the public safety and security of any community is a critical part that emergency first responders play. In York Region, Ontario, the individuals who've chosen to ensure the safety and security of the Region's residents are passionate about serving and supporting the community around them.
In celebration of International Women's Day 2022 and the role first responders play in communities, the multiple first responder organizations serving York Region (York Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, York Region Paramedic Services and Central York Fire Services) have collectively come together to host for the first time a York Region Community Open House.
York Region Community Open House - Join us in celebrating International Women's Day and the first responders of York Region on Saturday March 5th from 10am to 2pm.
This Open House will provide first responders, the general public and many other community-oriented organizations (Girls Inc., Rose of Sharon, Town of Aurora, Central York Girls Hockey Association, Crossfit Newmarket Central and Crossfit Aurora Central, YorkPRIDE, Newmarket African Carribean Canadian Association, Bookworms and Co., Global Pet Foods, Early Years, neighbur, and SeeWhatSheCanDo) to come together to celebrate the first responders who keep York Region safe and secure and to collectively recognize the female first responders who serve their professions with distinction and honour.
In addition to hosting this inaugural community event, eight female first responders 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 and join us in celebrating York Region's first responders and International Women's Day, 2022 on Saturday March 5th from 10am to 2pm at CYFS Fire Station 4-1 in Newmarket.
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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, York Region Paramedic Services, and Neighbur, SeeWhatSheCanDo would like to sincerely thank Amber Bowman, Elizabeth Coretti, Natalie Kedzierski, Amanda Leigh, Karen McIntyre, Kristy Paterson, and Mina Rahravan for sharing their first responder stories as part of our collective IWD 2022 celebrations.
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