International Women's Day

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Message from the 2nd Canadian Division Command Team on International Women's Day

It is with pleasure that we announce this second edition of Exercise YOGA, an initiative of the Diversity+ Team, in collaboration with the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group, which will take place on March 8, 2018 as part of International Women's Day.

Established in 1977 by the United Nations, this day recognises the worldwide contributions and achievements of women over many generations and encourages a call to action and solidarity in the support of their rights and gender equality. Through their determination and enthusiasm, women have made substantial social changes that have facilitated the evolution of Canadian society and the Canadian Armed Forces.

The theme of this year's International Women's Day, "#MyFeminism", is inspired by the role that feminism continues to play in defining Canada and other countries around the world. Feminism is about the equality of women, men, and people of all gender identities in order for everyone to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Join us in celebrating these heroines who have helped pave the way for equality across the country, but also in our organisation. Particularly recall the year 1989, when Private Heather R. Erxleben became the first infantry soldier in Canada. Closer to home, in 1992, Captain Sandra Perron became the first woman to qualify as an infantry officer with the Royal 22e Régiment, and shortly thereafter, Private Valérie Binet joined the ranks of the Régiment.

Thanks to their determination, they set the stage for hundreds of Canadian women to pursue a trade or obtain qualifications previously dominated by men. Let us highlight International Women's Day, our common heritage, and the path traveled by our organization.

We are very pleased to support the second edition of Exercise YOGA and invite everyone to participate in the various connected activities on March 8, 2018.

Brigadier-General Hercule Gosselin, Commander of the 2nd Can Div and JTF (E)

Master Warrant Officer Terry Garand, Sergeant Major of the 2nd Can Div and JTF (E)


Exercise YOGA 2018

Exercise YOGA will take place at the gymnasiums of Garrisons Montreal and Saint-Jean, as well as at the Base Valcartier. The yoga session will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be broadcast simultaneously on the Facebook pages of the 2nd Canadian Division and Canadian Army. The activity is open to all members of the Defense Team: women, men, civilians and military, in an effort to include all of our members in the pursuit of health and well-being.

The event will be preceded by conferences, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 :00 a.m., where extraordinary women like Brigadier-General Josée Robidoux (gymnasium of Montreal Garrison), Major Karine Thibault (rotunda of Saint-Jean Garrison) and Lieutenant-Colonel Chantal Bérubé (Base Valcartier) will speak about their various backgrounds and experiences as women in the Canadian Armed Forces.




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