At Delmanor Northtown residents and team members recognized International Women’s Day and celebrated the achievements of women in the areas of policy change, health and world peace. The presentation included incredible women who have demonstrated that it is possible for women to balance professions, family life, personal interests and yet still change the world!
Dr. May Cohen, a pioneer for positive change in women’s health, graduated from medical school at the top of her classs at a time when fewer than seven percent of medical students in Canada were women. A wife and mother of three, she had a twenty year career as a family physician. May then joined the Health Sciences Faculty at McMaster University and was Associate Dean of Health Services. May instigated the creation of a women’s health curriculum in Ontario medical schools, recognizing that research and treatment was based on male patients alone. Named an officer to the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2016, Dr. May Cohen’s impact in Canada and internationally could not be overstated.
The Honourable Deb Schulte commended Delmanor by video message for recognizing International Women’s Day. Minister Schulte holds a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and has had twenty years of engineering and business experience. In her current role of Federal Minister of Seniors, she remains a community advocate and is dedicated to diversity.
Setsuko Thurlow was born in Hiroshima Japan in 1932. At age thirteen, on August 6, 1945 she survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She holds three doctrines from three different countries and is a wife and mother of two children. She is mostly known throughout the world for being a leading figure in the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.
For decades Setsuko dedicated her life to the education of governments and the public that in-action is not the best option. Setsuko’s courage and deep conviction make her a challenging opponent to those that claim weapons of mass destruction are legitimate methods of defense. She was instrumental in the landmark treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted in July 2017 with the support of one hundred and twenty nations. She remains a peacekeeper and is a leading figure in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Her life’s accomplishments were recognized yet again when she was asked to accept the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.
This fascinating lecture focused on just a few of the incredible women that have helped to shape and change history. Many of the women at Delmanor Northtown continue to encourage opportunities, mentor and reassure the next generation of women that they too can accomplish great things. It was inspirational for everyone at Delmanor Northtown to focus on these exceptional women on International Women’s Day.
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