Inspiring Women

By March 10, 2017 Head's Blog


On Wednesday we celebrated International Women’s Day by partnering with StartUp Canada to host a panel of truly inspiring female leaders. These women spoke to our Middle and Senior School students as well as parents and invited guests about their careers, the challenges they’ve faced and the secrets of their success.

The purpose of International Women’s Day is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, which challenges all of us to play a role in forging a better working world and a more gender-inclusive world. Through collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.

I was delighted to welcome our esteemed panelists to Elmwood:
Brenda Halloran, Chair, StartUp Canada and former Mayor of Waterloo
Rosemary Chapdelaine, VP and GM, Lockheed Martin
Tina Sarellas, Regional President, RBC
Danika Leminski, Owner, Talk of the Town Social Media and Elmwood Alumna, Class of 2009
Melissa Smith, Senior Account Manager, BDC
Patricia Harewood, Legal Officer, Public Services Alliance Canada and Elmwood Head Girl Class of 1992

And joining us via video-conference was Jasmeet Srivastava, Managing Partner, The Third Eye in Mumbai, India.

We engaged our Grade 10 Careers students to ask questions of our panelists and also heard from two students, Alex Byrne and Zarish Jawad, whose Personal Projects examine the plight of women and girls in developing countries.

I was particularly impressed by the questions the girls asked, not only during the panel discussion, but also during the guest reception. Our students are not afraid to ask the tough questions, and the depth of their queries reflects well on their intelligence, confidence and the inquiry-based nature of the IB. Without a doubt, our girls are ready to #BeBoldForChange, and I look forward to a future when they are the ones in leadership positions in Canada and around the world!

Kind regards,


About Cheryl Boughton

Cheryl has been leading Elmwood since August 2008, when she was chosen by the Board of Governors, after a global search, to be the eleventh Headmistress of the School. She has a rich and diverse background in independent education having held progressively senior roles managing independent schools in the United Kingdom.