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Kerri Johnson-Leland, Managing Editor

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Bouchier have announced the fifth and final nominee in the 2020-2021 Women of Inspiration Series: Shreeya Patel.

18-year-old Shreeya Patel was selected because of her efforts related to empowering girls, leadership and involvement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Patel is the General Assembly Leader for the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Youth (MACOY) and helped to launch the first Youth and Health Conference. The conference centred on nutrition, mental health, and occupations in the health sector.

Patel is a leader in multiple areas of her school. She is the co-captain for both varsity volleyball and basketball at Westwood Community High School. She also holds an executive position in Queens in Code, an all-women coding club. Queens in Code provides a safe space for women who want to explore coding.


“I played co-ed basketball for a long time. I always tried to put myself forward, and every time I’d be last picked. I kept playing the sport because I loved it and gained confidence from it. Passion is what drove me to these types of things,” says Patel. “Keeping your passions with confidence, it will just skyrocket from there.”

Patel and the other four Women of Inspiration Nominees will be honoured virtually on March 8th– International

Women’s Day. Tickets will be available soon.


Photo provided by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta. Top Left: Nanase Tonda, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta. Top Right: Jenna Hamilton, Communications and Fund Development Lead, Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta. Bottom Left: Shreeya Patel, Women of Inspiration Nominee. Bottom Right: Leanne Hawco, Communications Specialist, Bouchier.

Emma Carter

Emma is an interdisciplinary artist, story-teller, and gemini. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing and Theatre at the University of Victoria in 2019, she packed up her plants and books and hit the road back to her hometown of Fort McMurray. She is an avid coffee drinker and lipstick wearer, and has a small but wonderful collection of human teeth. In her free time she enjoys staring at the moon, and strives to find beauty in the mundane.