Our Young Women’s Council

Our Young Women’s Council are the Foundation’s ambassadors who volunteer their time to support community fundraising initiatives, and help foster a broader, bolder dialogue on women’s health.

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Our Young Women’s Council supports the Foundation by fostering a broader, bolder dialogue on women’s health. It is comprised of young professionals who identify as women, are leaders in their community, and have a passion for advancing the full spectrum of women’s health. 

By acting as ambassadors, providing guidance and recommendations, and supporting community fundraising initiatives, the Young Women’s Council assists the Foundation in ensuring engagement strategies are holistic and create meaningful impact, particularly when connecting with the millennial audience.

The Foundation is honoured to have this group of fierce women volunteer their time, share their voices, and support our mission by championing  women’s health.

Sophie Collins | Co-Chair
Mother, Creative Director: One Wednesday, Account Executive: Slack

Why does women’s health matter to you?  Because we make up 50% of the population and do not receive close to 50% of health funding. Because our bodies are complicated. Because our hormones change every day…every hour. Because we deserve equity.

How do you feel your background could bolster the YWC BCWHF team? I had a challenging post-labour complication that, at the time, didn’t seem like a big deal. After bringing this up with various wellness practitioners, I realized it’s impact and began to understand the importance of advocating for my own health and wellness. I want to make sure other women are empowered to do the same.

What is one hobby you would really like to get into? I’m absolutely obsessed with pilates and am currently studying to be certified as a pilates instructor. I’m doing this for me, my body and really with no outcome in mind.

Follow Sophie: Instagram LinkedIn

Gillian Segal | Co-Chair
Interior Designer, Gillian Segal Design

What is a single driving force that contributed to your decision to champion BCHWF’s mission?  My experience with BC Women’s during the birth of my first child and particularly the postpartum care I received.

What is one of the best compliments you have received?  My best friend recently told me I was the most empathetic person she knows – I was totally humbled by that comment, I think it’s important we try to put ourselves in others’ shoes.

What is one hobby you would like to get into?  Boxing! I love fitness and it is an empowering way to get a workout in.

Follow Gillian: Instagram

Anita Cheung | Ambassador Program
Web & Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Photographer

What is a single driving force that contributed to your decision to champion BCHWF’s mission?  In my early 20s, after struggling with years of mental health issues, I was finally diagnosed with PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Knowing what to call it was one thing, learning about it and finding support and resources was another whole issue on its own. The whole experience has demonstrated the huge gap in research on women’s’ bodies and so, when approached to join the YWC, it was a resounding yes!

What is the best concert you have ever attended?  I drove down to Seattle with my best friend a few years ago to watch Oh Wonder live for the first time and it was such a special night.

Name one of your favourite reads recently  I have two! A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Follow Anita on Instagram @ineeeda or @createwithneets

Amrit Heer | Ambassador Program
Lifestyle Blogger

How do you feel your background could bolster the YWC BCWHF team?  Professionally, I feel that relationship building has been my biggest strength throughout my career. Personally, after losing my daughter, I learned that relationships are built on relatability. This has helped me in sharing my insights on how to lead through vulnerability.

What is one of the best compliments you have received?  That my strength and resilience has been inspiring.

What is the best concert you have ever attended?  Backstreet Boys!

Follow Amrit:  Instagram

Alicia Winnett | Ambassador Program
Lifestyle + Travel Blogger

How do you feel your background could bolster the YWC BCWHF team?  I’d like to use my voice as a writer to open up the conversation about women’s health and spread the BCWHF message.

What is one hobby you would like to get into?  I want to re-learn piano and be able to play Clair de Lune by the end of 2020.

What is one thing you hope to achieve by being a part of BCWHF YWC?  I hope to help spread the word to women that we should be empowered to talk about and be advocates for our health!

Follow Alicia:  Instagram

Diana Etherington |  Events Co-Lead
Senior Manager, Community at MEC

Why does women’s health matter to you?  Because I am a woman! I’m also a privileged white woman, and I believe health care is a universal right. It’s important that women know what support, resources and education is available to them, so they can make informed decisions about their own bodies.  

What do you hope to contribute to the Young Women’s Council and BC Women’s? Why are you the right person for the role?  I look forward to finding new and inclusive ways to share the word around women’s health and the stigmas that exist with women’s health issues. It is important for not only women to be informed of these issues, but all people. These are real issues that are underrepresented in health and I hope that the experiences and programs I can develop will enlighten people around pressing issues. Knowledge is power.

Do you have a personal story you’d feel comfortable sharing that inspired you to support women’s health?  From a young age, I struggled with menstrual pain. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. It was a hard day, but finally knowing what I had been facing for almost two decades was a great relief. I found a community of other women who also struggled with endo, and that community inspired me to educate myself on the condition. Community and knowledge is key.

Follow Diana:  Instagram

Alica Forneret | Events Co-Lead
Grief Specialist and Facilitator

What is a single driving force that contributed to your decision to champion BCHWF’s mission?  I am a fierce advocate for woman to receive mental health support while grieving. Working with the BCWHF’s Young Women’s Council has allowed me to work with various partners and people who align with our collective mission to help women everywhere access health resources.

What is your go-to productivity trick?  Giving myself time off to reset.

What is one of the best compliments you have received?  That I’m a pro organizer. I live for spreadsheets, scheduling, and making sure that things run smoothly – so being recognized for my ability to organize and convene was a high compliment.

Follow Alica: Instagram 

Chloe Thomas | Communications Lead
Business Development Professional, McCarthy Tetrault (Law)

What is a single driving force that contributed to your decision to champion BCHWF’s mission?  I feel strongly about increasing access to healthcare for everyone but particularly for women in their 20’s and 30’s so they can become knowledgeable and take ownership of their health at an earlier stage.

Name one of your favourite reads.  A Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard – it’s a beach read that contains some fantastic recipes.

What is your go-to productivity trick?  Wake up early and sweat – it kick starts your day!

Follow Chloe: LinkedIn

Want to hear more from the Young Women’s Council, and learn how you can help support women’s health?

If you have any questions about our Young Women’s Council, please contact Christie Buono, Senior Manager of Community Partnerships at christie.buono@bcwomensfoundation.org