On May 1, I will be participating in an event for Habitat for Humanity with my fellow co-workers at EllisDon. To me, this build isn't just any build.
"It’s the 10th anniversary of Women Build in the GTA. Women Build empowers women from all walks of life to come together in a shared mission to give a hand up to families in need of a decent place to live...in May, women invest, advocate, and take action for the right to access safe and affordable housing at a time when it is needed most in the GTA. By bringing women together to help build Habitat homes, Women Build promotes solidarity and pride in our city, as we work alongside hundreds of women to build new affordable housing."
So why am I participating? You might think:
It's because I like helping people. As much as I like to think that it is true, most of my help these days involves my kids and cleaning up some sort of mess that they've made, or catching rare Pokemon's in Let's Go Pikachu
It's because I work for a construction company. That makes sense, but let's face it, I work in Learning & Development and would struggle to build a square box. True story, I actually tried last night and 4 other people had to help me.
It's because I'm a woman. While that's true, that just seems waayyy to obvious
If you thought it was any of those options, I suppose you're partially right (if you thought of any creative others, I'd love to hear them). All of those answers are respectable, truthful and accurate.
But the real reason why I want to participate is because i'm as STUBBORN as $h!t.
I don't accept the idea that one person can't make a difference.
I don't accept the idea that women don't belong in construction.
And I certainly I don't accept the idea that I can't, just because I'm a woman.
So, if you'd like to support my stubbornness (I'm sure Omar will thank you!), please donate. Yes, your donation will help me reach my fundraising goal. Yes, it will make me look good at work. But most importantly, it will let me know that you don't accept those things either. And if you can't donate much, who cares, if the system allows you, donate just a nickel in support, and let us all shout out a collective "hell no" to all the stories that we tell ourselves that prevent us from being truly remarkable.