MEET THE TRAILBLAZERS
Introducing our three inspiring ambassadors and fashion muses. These women have been killingthe game in their own professional fields, embodying strength and leadership along the way.
Discover their inspiring stories and the fashion behind the movement.SHOP WORKWEAR
Tessa Virtue is a Canadian athlete, and the most decorated female figure skater in Olympic history.
Since her last appearance at the Olympics, Tessa has made it a mission to give back to her community.
“THERE IS SUCH A STRENGTH AND POWER IN BONDING TOGETHER AS WOMEN AND LIFTING EACH OTHER UP.”
Karine Vanasse is a French Canadian actress who has built a name for herself internationally with roles both on the small and big screen.
“DON’T BEHAVE IN A WAY THAT YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BEHAVE TO BE LOVED - JUST BE YOURSELF. THAT’S IT. AND LIVE YOUR LIFE.”
Ashley Callingbull is a Canadian model, actor, and First Nation's activist who was the reigning Mrs. Universe 2015. As a Cree First Nations woman, Ashley takes pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community Elders and youth.
“WHEN YOU EMPOWER SOMEONE, THERE’S A RIPPLE EFFECT THAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS - AND THEN, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO IS GOING TO EMPOWER WHO NEXT.”
TO YOU US!
Because women empowerment is all about helping our community for the better,RW&CO. is proud to announce that each of our muses will be giving a portion of their campaign earnings to the charity of their choice.
“Fitspirit is an organization that is incredibly close to my heart. Fitspirit partners with schools across the country to give women and young girls an opportunity to not only be active, but also form a network of support from an early age.”
- Tessa Virtue
WEST ISLAND’SWOMEN’S SHELTER
“I thought of a woman who is doing something for her community that truly inspires me, she does something that I admire. She's helped women experiencing difficulties, who were alone with kids. So I have chosen to give back to the Montreal's Women's Shelter of the West Island.”
- Karine Vanasse
“The charity I chose to give back to is called Win House. They help indigenous women and children that are cared for in shelters. Growing up, we didn’t have the luxury of going to shelters because there was no room for us, so I am extremely thankful that they are changing lives.”
- Ashley Callingbull
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Nominate a woman who inspires you & you could both win a $250 RW&CO. gift card, and a donation to the charity of your choice.ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
Discover these powerhouse women and their inspiring stories.
Alysha Newman sees no limits to how high she can go! The Canadian pole vault record holder has won medals at both the Commonwealth and Pan Am Games and is eying a podium performance at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.
Dr. Eugenia Duodu is the CEO of Vision of Science for Learning Inc., a charitable organization whose purpose is to advance the educational achievement and positive development of youth from low-income and marginalized communities through meaningful engagement in science, technologies, engineerics, and mathematics.
As a teacher, Holly originally created Teach Me Style as a way to feed her creative side and combat the burn out many teachers face. TMS quickly turned into a platform for Holly to connect with others sharing her latest obsessions whether it be fashion, beauty products, home décor, travel tips, or her favourite recipe. Recently, Holly has taken a leave from teaching and has turned her hobby into a full time job!
For Jenn Harper, make-up has become a means of expression that she feels has amazing power. When Jenn created Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC., she had a clear objective in mind: creating a makeup brand made in Canada, not tested on animals, free of any junk and that gave back to the Indigenous community.
Desiree Ruiz and Joelle Martina are two friends that have turned listening and sharing into a superpower. They are the founders of Société Les Lilas, a safe platform for women to learn from one another, through vulnerable story sharing. They have developed workshops for women, teens and companies that encourage connection through story telling.
Being born without a right foot has never gotten in the way of Marrisa Papaconstantinou pursuing what she wanted to achieve in life. She represented Canada at the 2016 Paralympics and is now a solid medal favourite heading into the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Off the track, Marrisa is an experienced public speaker sharing her messages and experiences to youth about never giving up, resiliency, and believing anything is possible.
Melissa Leong is one of Canada's best-loved authorities on personal finance. She's a sought-after speaker, national media personality, best-selling author and award-winning writer. She's the author of the feel-good finance guide, Happy Go Money and is the resident money expert on Canada's leading daytime talk show, The Social on CTV.
As CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Paulina leads a national organization that educates, mentors and connects women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful. On top of being a bestselling author, Paulina serves on the Board of Directors for multiple organizations, and has been recognized in the community with several awards, including the BCBusiness 2019 Most Influential Women in Finance Award.
Sandra Abi Rashed
After 20 years working in the marketing and digital media industries, Sandra is now director and associate at Happyfication, a company specializing in data science and media marketing. Sandra also co-founded Mentoro, a non-profit organization with a mission to put in place mentorship programs for young professionals.
Sandy Duperval is a dynamic and talented singer, DJ and producer born in Montreal. Having performed alongside acts like Lil Jon and Ruby Rose, Sandy was the official DJ for Universal Music/Republic records artist Natalie LaRose. Today, Sandy continues to captivate audiences around the world with her voice, music and passion for the art.