2020 Constantine-Yorkville Virtual Run
2020 Constantine-Yorkville
Virtual Run
September 19th, 2020 (or 26th if raining)

GEMinar 5: Owning Your Future

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January 16, 2023

In partnership with our program funder RBC, on May 22nd, we held our final GEMinar, closing off the 2020-2021 cohort with much celebration!

Mary Lee, GEM’s Board Co-Chair, opened up our session and congratulated all the GEMgirls for completing the Mentorship Program. Mary also introduced our Keynote Speaker, RBC Olympian and Paralympian Erin Latimer. 

Erin shared with GEMgirls about her successful career with the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team, including her time in Sochi in 2014 and PyeongChang in 2018. Erin also talked about lessons that she learned from alpine skiing and how she applies those lessons to her current focus: being an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto.

Following Erin's Keynote, GEMgirls, Mentors, and RBC volunteers were assigned to smaller breakout rooms, where they participated in a professional development activity meant to inspire the GEMgirls as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

Next, RBC panelists Peggy Capitain, Valerie Munn, and Reem Araia spoke about Owning Your Future Career with the GEMgirls. The panelists shared many inspirational stories and provided boundless advice for GEMgirls to make the most of their futures. 

Following the panel, GEMgirls got to learn about the RBC Future Launch program. For more information, search "RBC Future Launch" in your internet browser!

GEMgirls then heard from GEM Alumnae Auva and Aubony with some great advice and information on how to remain connected to GEM’s community through the GEM Alumnae Network. GEMgirls - please email GEM's Project and Policy Coordinator, Emma, for information on how to join the group.

Mentors and other members of the GEM community were invited to join the GEM Collective by Ambar, GEM's Fundraising and Engagement Lead. For more information on the GEM Collective, please click HERE.

With much excitement, we closed the GEMinar by announcing the thirteen GEMScholarship recipients for the 2020-21 Cohort. Details on the scholarship awards coming soon!

Congratulations to all the 2020-21 GEMgirls for your progress and growth! Our sincere thanks to RBC, our GEM mentors, volunteers, and the GEM Team for your commitment and support throughout this extraordinary year!

Support #TeamGEM at this year’s Yorkville Virtual Run!

This year, the Yorkville Run will be held virtually from September 13th to September 27th, 2020. Below are the different ways you can participate and support us this year.

1) REGISTER TO Run or Walk with #TEAMGEM

Together, from the safety and comfort of our own neighbourhoods (or anywhere you choose, as long as it abides social distancing rules) we will be RUNNING or WALKING for #TeamGEM on September 19th, 2020 (or on September 26th if it’s raining).

Click here to register

All registered participants will receive a Premium Race Kit and customized Starter's Medal.

To prove your participation, you must do one of the following:

  • Record your run by using our custom Starter's Medal and/or a GPS App such as STRAVA, ASICS RUN KEEPER, or NIKE PLUS and submit your time and a photo of your time to your Race Roster profile.
  • Post a selfie/run photo or video taken during or after your run on Facebook or Instagram and follow @YorkvilleRun and tag ​#TeamGEM, #YorkvilleRun, and #Constantine5K. There are several partner prizes to be won!

We have a roster of GEMgirls who would like to run for #TeamGEM. Donate now to help them register!

3) Donate to a #teamGEM runner

If you can't make it, you can also support a #TEAMGEM runner.

Dates to Remember
Tuesday, September 8th
to Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Race Kit Pick-up. Participants will be notified via email where in Yorkville you can pick up your race kit.
Sunday, September 13th, 2020
at 9:00 AM
Virtual Event Kick-Off. Join the Constantine Yorkville Run’s Virtual Event Kick-Off by tuning into Facebook & Instagram Live.
Saturday, September 19th, 2020
Run or walk anytime, anywhere for #TeamGEM!
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
#TeamGEM's back up day should weather prevent the run on the 19th.
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
at 5:00 PM
Winners of the Constantine-Yorkville Run’s fundraising prizes will be determined.
Sunday, September 27th, 2020
at 9:00 AM
Join the Constantine-Yorkville Run’s Virtual Event Closing Ceremony by tuning into Facebook & Instagram Live. Hear from our partners and share in the run's exciting fundraising achievement! Fundraising prizes will also be rewarded.

Your support at the Constantine-Yorkville Run this year will raise awareness and funds for the GEM program, which directly impacts young women in our communities and gives them the skills and tools they need to succeed.

Thank you for supporting mentorship!

Questions? Contact us at info@girlsementorship.com


Share your participation and support on social media! You can retweet/share GEM’s run postings or use our branded material for the run.

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