Absolute Delight

posted November 21st, 2011 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

On Saturday morning, I picked up the weekend edition of the Globe and was absolutely delighted to see the face of a woman occupying all of the space above the fold and these words: “Alberta wants back in Praising Ontario. Reaching out to Quebec. Charming Americans. Criticizing Harper (a bit). Is this how an Alberta premier acts? Yes, if you’re Alison Redford. This week she set out to rewrite the national agenda. And it’s not just about energy.” The headline inside the paper read: “Pushing Alberta toward its potential Newly minted Premier’s style is consensus-building, with a firm eye on her oil-rich province’s place in the wider Canadian debate”  These few words gave me hope about what is possible in terms of the nature of politics and government when the paradigm shifts and a woman takes the helm. And Alison Redford is not alone; there are two other Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory which have elected female premiers.  I am proud of these women and of the Canadians who elected them!! You can read the full story by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/alberta-premier-on-path-to-push-province-toward-its-potential/article2242260/


And just when I thought things couldn’t get much better, I was absolutely delighted to read two articles in the Report on Business Weekend section of the same paper. One article featured Janet Holder who the Globe described as “The woman tasked with building Enbridge’s high-profile pipeline to B.C.’s coast”. Regardless of your view of the Enbridge and TransCanada Corp. pipelines,  I found the story about Ms. Holder taking on what is “arguably one of the toughest corporate positions in Canada” very instructive for women (and men). Enbridge had decided it wanted a new “face atop the project” and at a board meeting last June, Enbridge executives around the table were discussing who  might be a good fit. Janet Holder was at the table. At the time, she was the company’s Toronto-based president of gas distribution. When she was asked for her opinion, she said: “I agree with everything we’ve been saying. I agree with the people we’re discussing. But we’re missing one probably very key person to do this job.” And when she was asked who she thought the key person for the job might be she said: “It’s me.”  And I say good for her. It is not often women put their hands up and say “Pick Me!! I am capable and worthy of  taking on this great challenge.” I admire her for doing it and for telling the story.  What a fabulous role model for young women, in fact for women of any age!! Congratulations, Janet!! You can read the entire story by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/careers-leadership/the-lunch/enbridges-janet-holder-pushing-west-with-muscle/article2242070/


The second article in the Report on Business Weekend which I found delightful was in the Giving Back section and this time it featured a young woman named Katie Harrigan and the St. Michael’s Young Leaders.  Katie organized a group of young professionals to get involved with fundraising for St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. They formed the St. Michael’s Young Leaders which organizes three annual events which have to date raised about $200,000. For me, it isn’t the amount of money they have raised, it is the fact they got involved in a charitable cause they cared about and did something in honour of it.  Congratulations to Katie and her team!! And to Katie’s boss, Tony Arrell, chief executive of Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. and chair of the hospital’s foundation who pushed her to get involved. She is lucky to have a mentor who challenges her to be the best she can be!! You can read the entire article by following this link http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/careers-leadership/giving-back/young-leaders-learning-about-giving-back/article2241963/


I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did and I hope they motivate you to be the best you can be!! It’s the only way any of us can share our true gifts with the world. And what greater purpose is there for any of us?


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