BRITE honours inspiring women

A tribute to inspirational women from around the world will be happening at the Hub on Ross in Red Deer soon.

A tribute to inspirational women from around the world will be happening at the Hub on Ross in Red Deer soon.

The event, to be held March 7, will feature musical performances by the talented Randi Boulton, Donna Durand, Charlin Henderson, Kristy Lawrence, Teresa Neuman, Olivia Smith, and Justine Vandergrift.

As well as live music there will be door prizes, socializing, a bake sale and refreshments. All proceeds will go towards the Global Enrichment Foundation’s Reading to Leading Campaign – Empowering Somali women through education to live and lead well (

The Hub on Ross has partnered with BRITE (Bringing Relief: Inspiring Through Education) to hold the event.

Emily Falk from Rimbey, who founded BRITE, has been active in supporting The Global Enrichment Foundation ever since she heard Amanda Lindhout speak at Red Deer College a few years ago. Falk was deeply touched by the reporter’s heart rendering account of hardship and suffering that she endured after being kidnapped in Somali.

Ever since hearing the talk, Falk has done her part to raise funds and awareness for The Global Enrichment Foundation founded by Amanda Lindhout in 2010.

GEF is an incorporated non-profit organization dedicated to promoting leadership through educational and community-based empowerment programs in Somalia. Its mission is to provide women and girls with opportunities to empower themselves through education and economic capacity building opportunities – paving the way for all individuals to be agents of change and effective advocates for themselves, their families, and their community.

“Education is a tool to create sustainable change in Somalia, and a means for women to transform themselves and their communities. It paves the way for a generation of female leaders to hope, dream, and take their rightful role in the development of their country,” said Amanda Lindhout.

“We are pleased to be involved with GEF as they enable young women in Somalia to gain independence and improve their lives. Helping more women explore their potential and contribute to their community will bring Somalia one step closer to building a stronger, more inclusive society,” said Twyla Lapointe, The Hub Community Development Coordinator.