Thank you for your support over the past three years on this journey with Women Warriors. It has been an honour to share my passion for fitness, holistic health, and improving Indigenous women’s health outcomes through Women Warriors, Eight Weeks to Healthy Living Program. It was a privilege to connect with community members in our programs in Lloydminster, Alberta, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, and the City of Calgary.
In 2015, I started as a passionate volunteer with a dream to offer free fitness classes and nutrition education with an Indigenous focus. We started with 10 participants at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre, and eventually grew to two program with a minimum of fifteen participants per class through the City of Calgary. In 2016, we were fortunate to secure funding from the Alberta Government Recreation and Physical Activity division, which continued to fund our first Women Warriors program on-reserve that ended March 2019.
I have also evolved on this journey acquiring skills such as writing successful grant applications, learning about research with our University of Calgary connections, doing project management for our Lloydminster and Onion Lake Cree Nation programs, promoting the Women Warriors brand on social media, and being asked to do public speaking at academic conferences, and community events.
As I grew in my knowledge and awareness of Indigenous women’s health I decided I could best serve Indigenous women by returning to Athabasca University to finish my 4 year Bachelor of Arts Degree, Concentration: Sociology, Minor: Women and Gender Studies. I am currently in my last year of studies with high hopes of completing my last seven courses in record breaking time.
This past summer I was fortunate to receive funding for my own research project, Digital Storytelling as an Indigenous Women’s Health Advocacy Tool: Empowering Indigenous Women to Frame Their Health Stories. Please read this Globe and Mail article to learn more about my vision for digital storytelling and Improving health-care outcomes for indigenous communities.
I am preparing to share our digital health stories through our email newsletters and on my Women Warriors Digital Health Stories Channel via the video platform Wistia. Before I share our digital health stories I would like to give you the opportunity to UNSUBSCRIBE from our newsletter if you are NOT interested in Indigenous women’s digital health stories (at the bottom of this newsletter you can click the unsubscribe link). It is my intention to create awareness of our brand change and my new direction with Women Warriors. Also, the Women Warriors website will be updated with the videos and new content on November 1st. Alternatively, if you are interested viewing these digital health stories please click on the red button below to subscribe to my newsletter through a pop-up form on my website.
I appreciate your honesty and I respect your decision to remove yourself from our email list. I have enjoyed interacting with all of you and I wish you all the best!