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Women’s History Month wraps up 

As October wraps up, so does Women’s History Month in Canada. The month is a time to celebrate the numerous achievements and significant contributions of women in our country.

This year, the theme is #MakeAnImpact to honour those who have made their mark as pioneers in their respective fields. 

As part of the celebrations, the Government of Canada launched a Women of Impact gallery showcasing the achievements and history of more than 100 women and girls with photos and biographies sharing their successes.

Some of the women in the gallery include Elizabeth Lawrie Smellie, the first woman to be appointed colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces, Laura Secord, a hero of the War of 1812, and civil rights crusader, Viola Desmond.

The Government of Canada designated October as Women’s History Month in 1992. 

The month-long celebration includes International Day of the Girl, which falls on October 11. The day is dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world and Persons Day on October 18, which marks a pivotal moment in Canadian history in 1929 when the legal definition of “persons” was changed to include women. 

Do you know a woman of impact? Share her story using #MakeAnImpact and tell us about the women and girls making an impact in your community.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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