I Am Powerful Councils

I Am Powerful Councils are groups of influential women who come together in cities across Canada to raise awareness and funds for CARE's work in lifting women and girls out of poverty. This movement started in 2012 and each I Am Powerful council is unique because the members joining them are unique. These passionate women volunteer their time because they are committed to supporting CARE Canada's development programs. By engaging their respective networks of friends and colleagues, they inspire others in their communities to help CARE empower women and girls. Their energetic fundraising efforts are an invaluable asset for CARE Canada. In 2014 and 2015, all IAP Councils will play a part in supporting the members of the Major Gifts Cabinet as it launches its national campaign to secure much needed funding for maternal health an education programs.

Why should I join an I Am Powerful Council in my city?

  • You are passionate about making positive changes in the lives of women, girls and their families in developing nations.
  • You want to join like-minded individuals who have come together to help CARE's mission of ending global poverty and empowering women and girls worldwide.
  • You want to use your skills and networks to build awareness and raise funds for CARE's work and inspire others to get involved.

What's involved in becoming an I Am Powerful Council member?

  • You will learn about CARE's work and international development, and have the ability to engage others on what you have learned. You will promote CARE through a variety of ways including social media and speaking engagements, and inform CARE of further opportunities in your community.
  • You will make an annual donation to CARE Canada based on your ability to give.
  • You will help raise funds to support a CARE project through a personal donation, by inspiring others to give, or by organizing fundraising events to rally your friends, social and professional networks, as well as your wider community.
  • You will attend council meetings to discuss your group's objectives. With guidance and support from a CARE Regional Manager, or other representative, each council will develop its own priorities and plan the activities it wishes to undertake to reach its goals.
  • You will learn how your gift has an impact on the lives of women, girls, men and boys, and their communities through special reports from the project your council has selected.

How do I join?

To find out how you can become involved with an I Am Powerful Council in your city, please contact us at iampowerful@care.ca


 Current IAPC members include:


Ottawa Vancouver

Helen Wesley, Chair
Terry Allen
Shannon Bowen-Smed
Nipa Chakravarti
Tammy Coates
Loren Falkenberg
Nancy Foster
Wendy Hanrahan
Sarah Hawitt
Maureen Higgins
Linda Hohol
Carol Honey
Robyn High Klapatiuk
Saifa Koonar
Jennifer Martin
Janice Odegaard
Sarah Raiss
Arlene Strom
Heidi von Engelbrechten

Janet Yale, Chair
Catherine Clark, Vice-Chair
Denise Amyot
Dianna Ashworth
Lesley Baird
Carole Chouinard
Elizabeth Dyke
Kristi Johnston
Ann Laidlaw
Natalie Lam
Cathy McLean
Carolyn Montague
Colleen Mooney
Molly Samakai
Sheridan Scott
Jodi Wilding
Louise Wylie

Martha Piper, Co-Chair
Laura Edwards, Co-Chair
Anne Andrew
Fiona Beaty
Shirley Chan
Maria Chung
Joy Coghill
Jane Coop
Richenda Crawford
Lara Dauphinee
Brenda Eaton
Laura Edwards
Shanna Fromson
Nancy Gallini
Joanne Gassman
Ida Goudreau
Lynn Green
Parmit Hari
Kimberly Harvey
Angela Heit
Nancy Hermiston
Dana Johl
Carla Jones
Laurel Johnston
Kathy Kealey
Connie Leighton
Susan MacLaurin
Joy MacPhail
Cheryl McMillan
Paula Martin
Allison Milroy
Barbara Ann Milroy
Donna Mooney
Jennifer Muench
Lynne Newton
Emily Piper
Audrey Plé
Wendy Porter
Marjorie Anne Sauder
Zobeida Slogan
Gillian Smith
Emily Thorner
Cathryn Wilson
Lucy Zhan