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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Sarah Winstanley

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Sarah has worked at the Women’s Centre for over five years, where she started out as their Girl Power Camp Coordinator. Realizing that her passion was to work with girls, she chose to pursue a Masters in Social Work with the specific goals of further developing her knowledge and skills to work with youth. During her time as a graduate student, she traveled to the United States and spent a summer with a girl-specific organization to learn more about best practices for working with youth. Sarah has since successfully advocated for the expansion of the girls’ programs at the Women’s Centre of Calgary, which now works with almost 100 girls each year.

Canadian girls face a unique set of issues, including unrealistic gender expectations and inaccurate representation in the media. Sarah's work with girls at the Women's Centre helps to highlight and raise awareness for many of these issues. By first encouraging girls to think critically about the issues that are important to them, Sarah then helps these girls build their capacity in the areas of leadership and activism to work for change.