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 2015 and 2016, all IAP Councils will play a part in promoting the goals of the national Canadians Care campaign as it strives to secure much needed funding for maternal and newborn child health, fodd and nutrition security, economic development, and emergency response.

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:

Calgary: iampowerful.calgary@care.ca
Vancouver: iampowerful.vancouver@care.ca

Current IAP council members include:

Calgary Vancouver
Tammy Coates, Chair
Terry Allen
Lumen Beltran
Kirstie Boyle
Jo-Anne Bund
Nipa Chakravarti
Nancy Foster
Cheryl Hamelin
Wendy Hanrahan
Sarah Hawitt
Linda Hohol
Heather Hemsing James
Nicole M’carthy
Christine McGinley
Robyn High Klapatiuk
Janice Odegaard
Jo-Ann Pawliw
Linda Powell
Karen Radford
Sarah Raiss
Arlene Strom
Heidi von Engelbrechten
Helen Wesley
Leanne Zee
Diana Zybutz
Joanne Gassman, Chair
Laura Edwards, Co-Chair
Martha Piper, Past Chair
Anne Andrew
Fiona Beaty
Shirley Chan
Maria Chung
Joy Coghill
Jane Coop
Richenda Crawford
Elizabeth Cullimore
Pat Dawson
Debbie Frederickson
Lindsey Frederickson
Shanna Fromson
Nancy Gallini
Chantal Gionet
Ida Goodreau
Lynn Green
Ashleigh Gulkiewich
Stephanie Gurski
Parmjit Hari
Kimberley Harvey
Angela Heit
Nancy Hermiston
Ingrid Holler
Tracey Jeffrey
Jas Jhooty
Dana Johl
Carla Jones
Laurel Johnston
Kathy Kealey
Carol Kerfoot
Connie Leighton
Betty Liang
Mabel Lim
Gloria Macarenko
Susan MacLaurin
Sharon Manson Singer
Paula Martin
Cheryl McMillan
Barbara Ann Milroy
Donna Mooney
Barbara Mowat
Jennifer Muench
Lynne Newton
Liisa O'Hara
Carolina Ordinez
Caterina Papdakos
Michelle Pereira
Emily Piper
Audrey Plé
Wendy Porter
Lisa Roberts
Barbara Ross-Denroche
Gail Ruddy
Marjorie Anne Sauder
Gillian Smith
Catarina Szmaus
Emily Thorner
Freydis Welland
Cathryn Wilson
Susan Yurkovich
Lucy Zhan