L'Oreal Paris Canada's Women of Worth Program Honours 10 Canadian Altruists

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L’Oréal Paris Canada's Women of Worth program has honored 10 Canadian women who stand out for their charity work. The beauty brand's signature philanthropic initiative, now in its fourth year, will also recognize the 2020 honorees on International Women’s Day (March 8) at a Toronto gala, at which they will receive a $10,000 grant towards their charity. 

A public vote will help the judges decide which honouree will receive the 2020 National Honouree distinction, which comes with another $10,000 for their charity.  Voting ends March 3. One submission per email address, per day will be accepted.

"These exceptional women selflessly and tirelessly strive for and champion change; lifting up their communities and bringing people together,” Milan Mladjenovic, general manager of L’Oréal Paris Canada, said in a statement. 

The honorees include 12-year-old Kehkashan Basu, founder of the Green Hope Foundation in Toronto, which offers a networking platform for children and young people committed to sustainable development, mitigating climate change, promoting gender equality, youth empowerment and social advancement.

Also honoured is Sara Champagne, a journalist with La Presse newspaper who will donate her funds to the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, a Montreal hospital that treats Moebius syndrome, a rare form of paralysis that affects facial expression and eye movement, and Rabiah Dhaliwal, vice president of the One Blood for Life Foundation, which encourages blood and stem cell donors to come forward through recruiting drives and hosting clinics.

Other honourees include Tanya Hayles of Black Moms Connection, an online safe space for black mothers; Donna Hreys of Knitted Knockers Alberta, which knits breast prostheses free for women who've undergone mastectomies; and Gina Jones-Wilson, who support urban young and seniors in her Nova Scotia community through the Upper Hammonds Plains Community Development Association.

L'Oreal Paris Canada will also fete Glori Meldrum, founder of Little Warriors, a charity that drives awareness and treatment for victims of sexual abuse; Karen Sherbut, co-founder of Safe Haven Foundation of Canada, which supports homeless and at-risk girls to help rebuild their lives; and Dr. Laura Whyte, co-founder of Covered by Hope House, a therapeutic live-in recovery home for women struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

Rounding out the honourees is Bev Woods of Gift From the Heart, which offers dental hygiene care for Canadians in need.

According to the press release, all 10 were “selected for the significant impact their actions have had across a suite of causes and initiatives. Each honouree will join an accomplished alumnus of women across North America who all live their lives with tremendous purpose. These women altruistically offer their time and lend their expertise to positively effect their respective causes, local communities and our world at large.”

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