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

Introducing Our New Program Placement Student, Liliana Furlani!

Written By
January 16, 2023

Hi Folks!

My name is Liliana Furlani and I’m the new Programs Placement Student for the Summer term. I’m super excited to be part of the GEM team and really looking forward to learning and contributing to the organization. I’m finishing up my second year at George Brown College in the Social Service Worker Program with plans to continue my studies in Social Work in the near future.

I was born in Dominican Republic and moved to Canada to attend UBC for my undergraduate. While there I had a wonderful time making friends and learning interesting things, but to be honest I didn’t have a clear plan of what I actually wanted to do after I graduated. I took courses mostly in Literature since reading had been my absolutely favourite thing to do since I was a child. I ended up majoring in Spanish Literature and minoring in English.

After graduation I started working as a teller at Scotiabank part time. That part time position turned into a full time position, and my Manager soon recommended me to the financial advisor training program. I spent several years as a financial advisor and while I learned so much during that time, I felt that something was missing. Upon reflecting about what I loved most about my job, I realized what brought me the greatest sense of fulfillment was helping others. Working as a financial advisor gave me ample opportunities to do that, yet I realized there were limitations to whom I could help. I spent a lot of time researching various vocations and volunteering, which led me to pursuing studies in social work.

Studying social work has been an eye-opening experience. For the first time I found my interests and passions connecting with the world at large and filling me with a sense of purpose. I truly believe by tackling the systemic barriers holding certain groups back, we can build abetter world for everyone to live in. I want to deepen my knowledge of the social work field through a Masters with a focus on clinical social work and issues revolving around mental health. 

While at GEM I hope to use my critical thinking skills to contribute to the ongoing process of making programs even better for Mentees. I would have benefited immensely from GEM’s MentorshipProgram when I was younger, and I’m happy I get to contribute to it today. My advice to GEMgirls is: explore what you like, reflect, put yourself out there, and participate fully in the vision of who you want to be. In the end you may not end up exactly where you first envisioned but take every step of that journey with purpose and the process will be as fulfilling as the destination. 

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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