At Pathways, we recognize the invaluable contributions of women to the program’s success. From leadership roles to assisting student-led initiatives, women have been at the forefront of driving positive change. Their resilience, determination, and passion inspire us to strive for a more equitable and just society. Hear from four female leaders on what drives their work at Pathways: 


Christina Carter, Executive Director at Pathways Halifax 

“You see a person come in struggling with food insecurity issues, and you’re able to support them, you help someone find employment, and then you see how much [the community’s] graduation rate has increased. It’s a daily reminder that you’re part of something bigger.” 


Silvana Guglielmetti, Program Manager at Pathways Vancouver and Surrey 

“There are gaps in what the education system can do for young people, not just for newcomers but also for those whose learning needs are even a slightly bit different. As a parent, even having all the resources and knowing the language, I struggled myself. I appreciated that there was an organization dedicated to filling the blanks and supporting families and youth to advocate for themselves.” 


Madina Wasuge, Program Director at Pathways Rexdale 

“What has inspired me over the years is seeing students from Grade 9 evolving into adults, then coming back and asking, ‘Hey, how can I help?’ When I see students grow to become leaders, I see the evolution of our community that is understanding the importance of education.” 


Laura Mackenzie, Program Director at Pathways Halifax 

“Hearing how Pathways was a safe haven or that they felt like they belonged here and still belong here is the best I could ever ask for. I don’t want people to feel included, I want them to know they belong.” 


I am grateful for the incredible women at Pathways Program locations nationwide who are helping to break the cycle of poverty in their communities and also for the many inspiring women alongside whom I work every day at Pathways Canada. Today is a valuable opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in all walks of life and to renew our commitment to empower women and girls here in Canada. Because we know that when we invest in women, we accelerate progress. 


Happy #InternationalWomensDay,
– Tracey


Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly 
President & CEO 
Pathways to Education Canada