Do you know a great role model for women and girls?

This post is part of‘s support of the Dove® Celebrate Mom Contest. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. You can nominate inspiring moms here:

Here’s a very interesting stat: Only 9% of Canadian girls—ages ranging from 10 to 17— are the most comfortable using the term “beautiful” to describe their own looks.

However, a positive role model can make a world of difference by helping a girl develop a positive relationship with beauty and encourage her to achieve her full potential. When girls feel they have a role model, they are less likely to let anxiety about their looks hold them back.

I’m thrilled to be working with again to spread the word about the Celebrate Mom contest with Dove! The contest: Nominate a mom who is a great role model for women or girls. Four inspiring women will win $2,500 for themselves AND an additional $2,500 to be donated to the charity of their choice!

So here goes. I am nominating my really good friend Véronique for this contest.

I met Véronique probably about three years ago. She is the founder of Girls Night Mixer, an event to provide an opportunity for women to connect and fundraise for worthy causes. She is well respected in our community as a businessperson, community leader and philanthropist.  Girls Night Mixer has been supporting Bridges for Women, a nonprofit to help women who have gone through abuse or trauma, and also been a big supporter for Dirty Wall Project, another charity to help “See A Need and Fill It”—mostly children in slums and orphanages in Saki Naka, India.

I know Véronique feels passionate about helping other people. When Haiti was hit by earthquake in 2010 she organized “To Haiti With Love” fundraiser, and also when Japan was hit by the earthquake and then Tsunami, she was one of the first to offer help to organize a fundraiser “Hope Love Japan.” She has contributed to countless fundraisers like these. She is an extremely giving person.

Véronique is also an amazing mother. She is a mom  to her beautiful daughter Sofia. She and I had gone through a legal separation at around the same time and she has been lending her ear and been very supportive of me. So I feel a special connection to her.

Originally from Montreal, she was a model from the age of 13 to 18. She knows the harsh realty of “beauty” that the media imposes. She was recently in the “Owning Your Beauty” panel at Breathe Now conference. I loved her story about how she makes a point of not hiding her naked body around the house after a shower to demonstrate to her daughter that we shouldn’t be ashamed of our own body.

She is beautiful inside and out. And I am truly honoured to call her my friend.

I have nominated Véronique as an amazing role model. If you know of any other remarkable mom, here is how you can nominate her:

 Visit by September 4th to nominate a mom who’s an inspiring role model to women and girls in the Dove® Celebrate Mom Contest. Four inspiring women will win $2,500 for herself and $2,500 to be donated to the charity of her choice. 

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