Meet Bo, Our New Executive Director

Tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m originally from the Netherlands, and came to Calgary in 2014 with my partner.  Since then I’ve made Calgary my home, raising my 3 children, and a dog.  I moved around every 2-3 years for most of my life, and that led me to be so passionate about the importance of community building, creating welcoming communities, and social connections for everyone, especially women.  In my personal and professional life then, I love connecting with people as we cross each others paths, seeing where it leads.  It’s important for me to hold space for laughter, vulnerability, and celebration. 

What is your personal definition of feminism? 

Feminism for me starts with the recognition that our society and our social norms are dominated by males – in our language, work force, home lives, and everywhere we step.  Feminism then, is grounding ourselves in movement towards a more equitable society for all women, recognizing that even amongst us women, we are diverse with different experiences, backgrounds, and views of the world.

What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary? 

The culture, the values, and the approach – the belief in human to human connection.  That each and every one of us will experience vulnerabilities in our lives and everyone always has something to offer.

I also am most looking forward to being part of a community of women who support each other regardless of who they are!

What’s one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre? 

One thing?  There are so many things.  But if I had to pick one it would be gaining a deeper understand of truth and reconciliation and becoming an active ally in that journey.

Describe a woman who you admire or who has influenced your life. 

My closest girlfriend here in Calgary, who was first a professional colleague, but soon became my best friend.  She always keeps things real, is not scared to speak the truth, and was my maternity leave sparring partner, with whom I dreamed up big visions for this community

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