Mothers Day 2013- As we reflect on this Mothers’ Day, let us honour all the mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, step-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, aunties, sisters, neighbours, mentors – all those women who positively influenced our journey.   Please remember those mothers who are not able to celebrate this day for a myriad of reasons – we must keep them in our prayers.

Our sincere best wishes for a Happy Mothers’ Day.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 2013 – On this International Women’s Day, wherever we are in our journey, let’s take a moment to appreciate how fortunate we are in comparison to some of the other women in areas of the world where they are still fighting for the basic rights that we take for granted.  We must continue to do what we can to help them in their struggles.

Let’s remember and celebrate the strong women who left their legacy … a lot of them women of the Congress of Black Women of Canada.  Most importantly … let’s remember that we must stay committed and strong to do what we can to help shape the women of tomorrow – especially our women.   There are many role models in our community … celebrate them, be proud of them, share their stories – our young women need to know them.

Happy International Women’s Day!


Women ARE Worthy:  “Why Perch Like a Chick When You Can Soar Like an Eagle?”

Our congratulations to Ettie M. Rutherford, on the publication and launch of her first book – Women Are Worthy: “Why Perch Like a Chick When You Can Soar Like an Eagle?”

 On November 4, 2012 over a hundred supporters gathered at York Banquet and Event Centre, Toronto, for the launch; which included lunch, entertainment, speakers, and readings from this must-read book.  A highlight of the event was the acknowledgement of Ettie’s work by Dr. Jean Augustine, past National President of the Congress, as well as Ettie’s mentor Dr. Helene Ijaz a Human Rights educator.

Ettie, retired elementary school principal, is the founder of ER Education Consulting and CEO of Women are Worthy.  She has served the Congress of Black Women of Canada as Provincial Representative for Alberta, National Vice-president, and Ontario Provincial Representative.  Ettie is the recipient of the prestigious Kay Livingstone Award, given to women who exemplify the character of Kay Livingstone, the founder of the Congress.

She has also received a Certificate of Recognition from the Markham City Council, and in 1988 Ettie was awarded a Certificate of Merit from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for her contribution to multiculturalism in the province of Alberta.

Women ARE Worthy – “Why Perch Like a Chick When You Can Soar Like an Eagle?” takes you on a journey, with Ettie , as she shares her lived experiences, and her path to finding her worthiness.  She wants you also to be able to shout “I am Worthy!  I am worthy regardless of my current situation!  I am worthy of love, laughter and joy.  I am worthy of my ambition and dreams.  I am worthy because I am God’s child”.

For more information please visit:, or email Ettie directly:

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