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Women Guiding Women - Social Justice Event

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On Thursday May 11th, Madonna's Social Justice Club and See Different students hosted an event called "Women Guiding Women" in our school library. Madonna students prepared a series of guiding questions for our Madonna alumni panellists and helped to facilitate an exciting dialogue about female empowerment, gender equity, and the positive impact that Madonna CSS has had on both their personal and career development.


Madonna's Social Justice Club and See Different students invited alumni speakers that represent a diverse range of careers and educational backgrounds.
The evening's alumni speakers were as follows:
1. Laura Crimi is a Sony Music Singer/Songwriter from Toronto Canada.  She started out performing at our very own Madonna High School Variety night, and credits her love, passion and career paths to her Madonna High School Mentors and teachers.
2. Nirupajudine Lawunahewage is a fourth year York University student successfully enrolled in the Honours program for the Bachelor of Human Resources Management. From the inspiration of the many teachers at Madonna such as Mrs. Macdonell, Mrs. DiMonte, and Ms. Ieradi, Nirupa was able to pursue her passion for social justice via the Peer Ministry and Social Justice Club.
3. Maria Ancona is a proud graduate of Madonna CSS. Her career is focused primarily on corrections and law enforcement. She has worked as an officer for the Ontario Provincial Police Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Later, she was promoted in rank from constable to sergeant and became the first female Incident Commander.
4. Patricia Tabascio graduated from Madonna CSS in 2012 and is currently a Master of Studies candidate at the University of Oxford, where she studies Classical Archaeology with a focus on Roman funerary archaeology. Patricia also graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto from the Honours Bachelor of Arts program with a specialist in Art History and with High Distinction. Patricia is interested in obtaining a doctorate degree in the future for the purpose of practicing cultural property law that seeks to protect sites of cultural heritage and repatriate art. She is also a published writer.
Thank you to our speakers for sharing their wisdom and expertise with students. Their kind words and uplifting messages had a profound impact on all of our guests. A sincere thank you to Preeti Nayak and the See Different team for all their work in helping to organizing this event.


Thank you to Ms. Annalisa Crudo-Perri for her assistance in reaching out to Madonna's Alumni community.
Thank you to the K-POP dance group for providing the evening's entertainment.


Thank you to the staff members that supported this initiative: Ms. Macdonell, Ms. Ferrer, Mr. Da Silva, Ms. DiMonte, Mr. Mazza, and Ms. Ieradi.


Finally, thank you to all parents, students, and staff that contributed to tonight's hospitality and for our guests who participated.
Madonna's Social Justice Moderators