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Author: Paulette Senior

Paulette Senior

Paulette Senior is the President and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation, and is recognized as one of the most respected and vocal women leaders in the country. Before joining the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Ms. Senior was the CEO of YWCA Canada — the oldest and largest multi-service women’s organization in the country — for 10 years. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment programs and housing services, where she supported women, children, and youth in some of Toronto's most economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods. She has worked at Yellow Brick House, YWCA Toronto, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre, and Central Neighbourhood House. She has also held numerous volunteer and leadership roles and is currently Chair of Women’s College Hospital, Canada's leading academic ambulatory hospital in women's health. 

Four Ways to Support Black Women’s Empowerment During African (Black) History Month and Beyond

Paulette Senior at the launch of the new ten dollar bill.

Wait! Before you spend that crisp new $10 bill, ask yourself if you know the story of the woman looking back at you. Until the new notes came into circulation last year, was one of many by Black Canadians that went unheralded. Whether it’s February, which is , or any other time of year, there […]


Media Literacy Week: Driving Social Change With Social Media

Paulette speaks to a crowd at an event.

It’s  in Canada, and digital literacy is more important than ever. As such, our CEO Paulette Senior wanted to share on how we all can use social media to drive social change. The prevalence of social media is undeniable, and although it can used as a tool to dox, troll, and harass, for good for women […]


The #MeToo Movement Hasn’t Led To A Better Understanding Of Consent

Social card that reads "Only 28% of Canadians fully understand consent."

This blog was also published in French on Huffington Post Quebec If you had to define what constitutes consent in sexual situations, what would you say? Is it something you could explain to your children? If you’re feeling awkward or hesitating, you’re not alone. And even if you think you know how to define consent, […]


Why I’ve Spent my Life Dedicated to Women and Girls – and Why You Should do the Same

I was 11 years old when I lost my self-esteem.

I had just moved to Canada from Jamaica. Struggling with culture shock and a new school – not to mention the uncertainty of pre-teen girlhood – I desperately needed a mentor, a strong role model who believed in me. Instead, my teacher at the time decided that I was neither bright, nor capable. 

The damage to my self-esteem from that judgment has taken a lifetime to overcome – to remember who I am, and what I can do.

Yet I’m thankful for that experience because it ignited a life-long passion for social justice and advocating for the rights of women and girls.


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