Day of the Girl

On October 7, 2021, YW Calgary celebrated the International Day of the Girl, presented by BrokerLink, by hosting a conversation about the issues facing women and girls today. In collaboration with YW Calgary’s new Women’s Economic Prosperity program, this live virtual event featured four notable speakers who fostered intergenerational connections and a conversation that captivated nearly 100 attendees. 


Our Day of the Girl speakers shared their experiences and expertise on gender equity and ideas on what we can all do to ensure young women are supported to overcome current and future challenges and lead their best lives given these unprecedented times. Virtual tickets included access to a livestream of the event and opportunity to participate in an engaging online Q&A.

The event was moderated by:

  • Talia Bell – Vice President, Programs & Services, YW Calgary
  • Esther Elder – Manager, Transitional Housing, Language, and Economic Prosperity, Programs and Services, YW Calgary

Watch the full event recording below!

Alexandra Ford
Prevention Specialist and Survivor Advisor, The Laughing Survivor 

Alexandra Ford is an international public speaker whose unique voice comes from both lived experience and a lengthy background in academia. She speaks to the importance of starting conversations, particularly about sex trafficking and the power of prevention. Alexandra speaks candidly about her life path that began with advocacy work at age 11 and twists and turns that resulted in her being trafficked at age 20. She is passionate about helping to broaden the understanding of vulnerabilities and the power of prevention, using her own story as a foundation for connection. Alexandra co-founded the US-based non-profit, Uprising, and after returning home to Canada in 2020, she connected with BRAVE Education for Trafficking Prevention where she serves as Prevention Specialist and Program Advisor. No stranger to being silenced, Alexandra has developed a powerful voice that can serve to influence policy decision-makers, educational forces and changemakers.

Alyze Schacter

Pediatrics Resident, University of Calgary & Mental Health Advocate, Public Speaker and Educator

Alyse is a strong believer in talking about hard things. She started her career as a national public speaker about mental health destigmatization when she was 16 years old and is still inspired by the people she met along the way. She is currently in her second year of her residency in Pediatric Medicine and feels grateful every day for the chance to pursue her dream after a non-traditional journey to get there.  Over the years, Dr. Schacter has spoken to thousands of high school students, teachers, doctors, frontline workers and parents sharing her message of hope. She moved to Calgary from Ontario over a year ago and still cannot get over the magic of the mountains and that feeling of putting on hiking boots/eating trail mix with M and Ms in the best backyard in the world.

Alison Springer

Founder of Young Women of Power (YWOP) and a Youth Communications Specialist


Alison is the Founder and Executive Director of Young Women of Power (YWOP), a non-profit organization that is empowering young women everywhere through innovative and creative programming that strengthens female culture. She is a professional youth speaker and has been working with youth for over 20 years. Alison’s passion to see female culture transformed has inspired her to run an annual conference and to write curriculum for teen girls (PivotFWD) which is now being used in schools and agencies throughout Alberta including Calgary’s judicial system. Fall of 2019 Alison was awarded the Women of Inspiration Difference Maker Award for her contribution to youth and young women across Canada.
Christine Ward

Renewable Energy Lead – Radicle

Christine works in the sustainability industry and specializes in coaching early-stage companies to successfully scale and drive innovation. Christine has ambitions of steering both the energy transition and economic shift from oil and gas to cleantech innovations. Currently, Christine leads the solar and renewable energy team at Radicle in addition to founding See Double, her consulting business that focuses on early-stage companies.

Christine uses almost all her spare time, with a small portion reserved for hiking in the mountains, to empower womxn. She does this through mentoring young womxn, municipal politics, and increasing diversity in spaces that are typically very one tone. As an outspoken queer woman, she fundamentally believes in fighting for a seat at the table and gaining access to rooms, then pulling underrepresented individuals into those spaces and moving on to opening the next closed door.


Missed the 2021 Day of the Girl event? Watch the event recording here:

Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors:

TD Bank Group

For information on the 2022 Day of the Girl event or for general inquiries, please contact:

Jaclyn Krucik
Sr. Development Officer