Day of the Girl: Stronger than gender stereotypes

Day of the Girl: Stronger than gender stereotypes
The second annual International Day of the Girl event made its mark on Oct. 11. Pictured (left): Nancy Paquette

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – Empowering young women is what this day is all about.

Several area organizations have joined forces to bring girls, aged 8-16, from different backgrounds together to participate in exciting mini-workshops that celebrate being a girl and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Hundreds are expected to rally at Ecole secondaire catholique La Citadelle on Saturday, October 11, from 1 to 4 p.m., to commemorate International Day of the Girl Child.

This event brings girls together to enjoy everything from the arts to fitness to self-esteem, with a focus on fun and empowerment,” said Jessica Lenneau of Counselling and Support Services of SD&G.

The workshops run the gamut from awesome art, beads and bracelets, belles of basketball, dancing divas, heavenly hair, incredible improv 101, mini-manicures, sublime sewing, and more.

Participating organizations include Maison Interlude House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cornwall and District, Sexual Assault and Support Services (SASS) for Women of SDG&A, Counselling and Support Services, Équipe Psycho-sociale, and Maison Baldwin House.

Even TC Media partner TVCogeco jumped on board this year.

“Not only has their financial and in-kind support helped contribute to the success and sustainability of the event, but the new Terrific TV workshop is sure to be a big hit with the girls,” said Lenneau.

All are welcome to the free event, but in order to attend you must register by Thursday, October 9.

To register, visit or e-mail For more information, visit

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