Every year, March 8th marks International Women’s Day, an important opportunity to recognize women across the world. This year, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) and EngAge BC would like to take this time to acknowledge the vital role of women in both British Columbia’s continuing care sector and in our everyday lives.
“Women are natural caregivers and the majority of the healthcare workforce,” says BCCPA Vice President, Erin Beaudoin, “their needs, desires, expectations, challenges and values are evolving. In order to have equity, we need to be inclusive of their whole lives, to understand and recognize the sacrifices they make to continue to serve and advocate for our society.
“Whether it’s leaving loved ones to serve others, not taking a ‘me’ moment because someone else needs us more, or being a standing example of balance (or juggling) between work and life, women show up for our society in the full spectrum. From infancy to end-of-life, there’s a knowledgeable, compassionate woman to hold you hand and care for you through it all. They might be your nurse, your boss or your mom – no matter who they are, they’re there for you and for us!
“Today, on International Women’s Day, I feel privileged and honoured to witness some the fiercest and most passionate people in health care. As we continue to elevate and recognize women in everything they do, all of society benefits!”
In keeping with the theme of #EmbraceEquity, BCCPA and EngAge BC recognizes the unique experiences of all women in the sector and their important role in caring for seniors across the province. Regardless of role or level, we acknowledge their sacrifices and their dedication in supporting seniors.
For more information, resources, and events this International Women’s Day, click here.