Be sure to pick up the April 2012 issue of Elle Canada

March 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM 5 comments

In August, I had the opportunity to participate on a trip of a lifetime to Rwanda with some amazing women: some team members from the non-profit Because I Am a Girl, Plan Canada and SmartWater, Olympian and Because I am a Girl Ambassador Jennifer Heil (who is the only reason I was able to get through a pretty terrifying chimpanzee tracking excursion — she kept me calm and helped me get through the treacherous hike even though my legs were shakin’ like jello, but that’s a story for ‘nother time) and three incredible Canadian women who won the title of SmartWater SmartGirls thanks to their work on helping to improve the lives of women. These three women — Kama Money, Caroline Smeenck and Christy Smith — continue to inspire me today.

The whole  lot of us were in Rwanda to help celebrate the opening of a new school and to learn about and see Plan Canada’s projects in action. And you can read all about it in the April issue of Elle Canada on newsstands now!



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janine Falcon . BEAUTYGEEKS  |  March 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Um… I want to read an account of Jennifer Heil getting you through that chimpanzee-tracking excursion, please. When can I do that?

    • 2. healthandswellness  |  March 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      OK, will post about that soon! My legs are shaking just thinking about it!

  • 3. Kama Money  |  March 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    I was also chimp-tracking with Karen and Jen… and all I’ll say is that “chimpin’ ain’t easy”; those little buggers were laughing at us from the tree tops, as we were running down sheer cliffs trying to catch sight of them. We finally did see the entire crew, as they were crossing the street later on. Can you believe it? lol.

  • […] We also went on an epic safari covering literally every corner of Rwanda!  It was beyond amazing! If that wasn’t enough, the incredibly talented writer Karen Kwan who writes for Elle Canada accompanied us and wrote a great piece about our adventure! […]

  • […] celebrating by making a donation to Because I Am a Girl. Having traveled with the organization to Rwanda a year and a half ago and seeing their work firsthand (like when I got to meet some inspiring girls in high school there […]


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