Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude have announced their first woman of inspiration for the 2017-18 series.
Terese Nahwegahbow-Daynes is Ojibwe from the Whitefish River First Nations in Ontario.
The Series is a partnership of Syncrude and Girls Inc to recognize women throughout the RMWB who inspire others, break new ground and help create change.
A Personal Support Worker of aboriginal descent, and graduate of Kitchener’s Conestoga College, Nahwegahbow moved from Ontario to Fort McMurray with her husband in 2006 to further her career options.
They both found jobs through the Athabasca Tribal Council and developed an Employment Training Program.
From there, they branched out to the Paudash Group – where she works with indigenous people to help them gain employment skills.
She helps run the Strengthening the Next Generation Program – out of Nistawoyou Friendship Centre – which offers weekly tutoring, arts and crafts and other activities.
The Friendship Centre became a major source of pride for Nahwegahbow and after the wildfire and evacuation, she and her staff worked to make it a port of re-entry, a distribution centre and a place to host the Red Cross efforts.
She also runs vigils for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, promotes the Moose Hide Campaign and enjoys sharing aboriginal culture with others.
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Nahwegahbow and 11 other nominees at the next celebration in June 2018.