Women for Women’s 2021: Celebrating a milestone anniversary with impact

2021-03-09 4:04:33 PM

On Monday, March 8 - International Women’s Day - over 1,800 women and their allies gathered virtually to celebrate an extraordinary milestone:  the 10th annual Women for Women’s – Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s signature fundraising gala. Together, we raised our voices for women’s health and united in our shared vision of creating a healthier, more equitable world for everyone.
We are thrilled to announce that the event raised an incredible $560,225 to advance equitable access to healthcare for women and for all. 
Of that amount, over $157,000 was raised during the event for The Emily Stowe Society, bringing total funding for this trailblazing program to over $1 million! With this support, Women’s College Hospital can continue to engage, retain and advance the next generation of bright young researchers from underrepresented communities through scholarships, paid internships and mentorship, and help to ensure a more equitable future of healthcare for everyone. For more information about The Emily Stowe Society, visit www.emilystowesociety.ca


Thank you, Layne the Auctionista, for leading our incredible fundraising efforts!
Opening Women for Women’s in a good way
To kick off our virtual event, Rosary Spence, Indigenous Learner Support Program Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Kateri Gauthier, Indigenous Education Coordinator, The Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health, Women’s College Hospital performed an inspiring drum and song prayer.
To watch the extended version of the opening prayer, including the meaning behind their powerful teachings, watch the video below:
Leading with education, empowerment and inspiration
This year, Women for Women’s featured engaging and informative presentations by Women’s College Hospital medical leaders Dr. Aisha Lofters and Dr. Ruth Heisey, who shared the importance of diversity and representation in health research and highlighted how when women care for themselves first, it leads to better health outcomes for everyone.
You can watch the full Women’s Talk presentations on our YouTube channel here.
Jackie Richardson and Divine Brown graced the virtual stage with powerful and inspiring performances to lift our spirits.

Announcing the inaugural Women for Women's Trailblazer Award recipient
We also celebrated another important milestone – the introduction of the inaugural Women for Women's Trailblazer Award. Celebrating a member of the Women’s College Hospital community that has had a measurable impact on the hospital, foundation and community, the award recognizes a visionary individual who is committed to being a champion for others and creating a more equitable healthcare system and society.
This year’s award was proudly presented to the indomitable Colleen Moorehead, Chief Client Officer, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP.
Colleen is one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated corporate leaders, and within the Women’s College Hospital community, is a tireless champion of health equity and the transformation of the healthcare system. To view the moving video of Colleen accepting her award, click here.

Celebrating YOU!
To all of our sponsors, Marketplace donors, ticket purchasers and guests who tuned in to make this year’s virtual Women for Women’s an incredible success, thank you! Together, we are revolutionizing healthcare for women and for everyone, and we simply couldn’t have done it without you.
To view a gallery of behind-the-scenes photos from the event, click here.