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

GEMinar #5 - Owning Your Future Hosted by Unilever

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August 25, 2021

Our last GEMinar for the 2019/2020 cohort was held on May 30th and hosted by Unilever.

The day started off with a special keynote from City of Toronto’s mayor, John Tory, addressing grit and perseverance, both of which are extremely important during this challenging time. With his senior advisor Emily Hillstrom (also GEM Mentor), he also directly answered questions from GEM mentees.

Some questions include:

"What are some advice you would give young women, like us, to succeed in today’s ever-changing world of business and politics?" – Julianna T. (Mentee)

"Can you tell us a time when you stayed motivated, despite being discouraged and struggling?" – Iman H. (Mentee)

"What sorts of challenges do you think our next generation will face and what advice do you have to overcome them?" – Sara G. (Mentee)

The next segment was a panel discussion with Unilever’s Julia Boccadoro, Kelsey Bruce, Laura Dobson, and Tammy Janes, who offered their own experiences and advice on how optimism, confidence, and empathy play a role in our lives and futures.

Mentors and mentees also had an opportunity to interact with one another in small intimate groups and reflect on their experiences this year.

12 scholarship winners were announced, generously supported by our partners.

To wrap up the session, former GEM alumnae Aaliyah, Shirley, and Mathurah spoke about their GEM experience and how the program helped build some foundational skills that helped carry them through high school and into university, some of which include: making connections and networking, being courageous, finding opportunities, and believing in your own value.

Thank you Unilever for hosting such a great session!

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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