Graduates of women's leadership programs at the Coady Institute make us proud through their ongoing achievements. Below are links to just some of their many wonderful accomplishments as they finished their leadership program. Please check back as we will post more on a regular basis. And, if you are an alumnus, remember to send us links to videos, photos, newspaper articles, and other items from a variety of media sources.

Coady graduate Sophia Mwakagenda partners with local artist to raise funds to aid women and children in Tanzania. Read Beachcombing artist with a passion - Chronicle Herald, May 30, 2014
While in school, Coady grad Nargis Shirazi realised that many of her friends got pregnant because... Read More
Sophia Hebron, Global Change Leaders ’12, has been appointed to the Board of the Leti Foundation in Tanzania, which is known for its work in research and women's issues in Africa.
Karri-Lynn Paul (IWCL ’11) has joined the First Nations Women's Council on Economic Security with the Province of Alberta. See the CBC News TV story at
Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale, GCL ’13, received the Change A Life ‘Hero’s Award’ from the Lagos State Governor, during a live ceremony on Nigerian national television. Olutosin helps train women in tailoring, bead making, knitting and cooking. She has launched income generating projects for more than 200 women.

Her organization, the Star of Hope Transformation Centre, empowers local communities to end child sexual abuse and heal survivors. Olutosin also received the Amelia Earhart Woman of Courage award from Women Have Wings last year, and will attend Aspen Institute in Colorado as a visiting scholar in June 2014. She was one of only six women from around the world to receive this honour.

Congratulations to the Brown Button Foundation and Coady Institute alumna Adepeju Mabadeje Jaiyeoba of Nigeria, 2013 Global Change Leaders participant. The Brown Button Foundation has just been shortlisted for the World Summit Youth Award for its work in maternal health!! They were selected from among 422 entries.

Women with Vision: The inspiring Coady partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation
Sarah Thompson and Crystal Dennison are following different passions, but share a rare accomplishment at Coady International Institute. Read more

Congratulations to Coady Institute graduate Melanie Smits (centre in photo) on receiving the United Way GenNext Volunteer Award from the Sudbury/Nipissing districts. Melanie was honoured for her mentorship role with youth. We are proud to say she was also an outstanding participant in the 2012 Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program here at Coady Institute. Well done Melanie!

Alumna Liesl Harewood in Nova Scotia
Liesl Harewood, a graduate of the 2012 Global Change Leaders program, is on contract with Nova Scotia Business Inc. to help professional service firms discover new business opportunities in the Caribbean. Read more.
Faith Phiri of Malawi, Global Change Leaders '12, was invited by the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association to speak about the rights of young women and girls at the 'Interactive Session on Human Rights', held recently in Malawi. Eleven Canadian Members of Parliament, Senators and other leaders attended the meeting.
Sasha Chabot Gaspe on the Idle No More movement.
Sasha is a graduate of our Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program. Racism, hunger and laziness: A First Nations youth perspective on Idle No More media coverage. More
Sophia Mwakagenda of Tanzania, GLC '12 saves 12 year old girl from forced marriage. More
Naran Munkhbat of Mongolia, GCL '12, has invited men around the world to support the global Say No to Violence Against Women campaign. Naran is Senior Program Officer with the Asia Foundation, and also runs the Young Women for Change club.
Sarena Provost, Coady'12, a recent graduate of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program, is featured in the Nov 2012 issue of New Tribe Magazine. (See pages 26-27) Sarena is Aboriginal Community Outreach Coordinator at the Calgary YMCA.
Josephine Ndambuki, 2012 graduate of the Global Change Leaders certificate program, is featured in the July 2012 edition of Msingi magazine from Safaricom Foundation, pages 21-22. More

Melanie Gareau-Smits, 2012 graduate of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership certificate program, is a national aboriginal role model, as announced by the National Aboriginal Health Organization. More

Treng Kuy Chheng, 2012 graduate of the Global Change Leaders certificate program, is featured in 'I have the ability: Chheng's Story'.  More