The women who inspire Londoners on International Women's Day
Take a moment to learn about some of the women who have inspired, encouraged and spread kindness to Londoners.
In celebration of International Women's Day, CBC Radio One's London Morning asked listeners about the women who have made a difference in their lives.
The responses were too good not to share.
My mom is one of the most amazing women in my life, she's always been a fighter, and always supported her kids no matter what we wanted to do in life. She's now fighting Leukemia, but everyday she has a smile on her face, and a positive outlook. She's the greatest. pic circa 1990 <a href="https://t.co/S8WoJKNvTP">pic.twitter.com/S8WoJKNvTP</a>—@RobElCapitan
Submitted by Sam Hornby
After meeting my wife on exchange at school in England, I emigrated to Canada to be with her.
We started our family and grown up lives in Ottawa. When I had the chance to pursue my dream job in southwestern Ontario, my wife stayed in Ottawa to sell our first home, buy our first car, maintain her career all whilst cycling the 15km round trip twice a day to get our son to and from school.
We now live in London and have been a happy, quirky, married couple for 10 great years.
She educates me, challenges me, makes me laugh out loud and inspires me to be the best I can be for her, for me, and for our great little family. A big thank you for more than I can express to Jasmine Ball.
<a href="https://twitter.com/JHazlewoodCBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JHazlewoodCBC</a> My Mom (<a href="https://twitter.com/shickey22?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@shickey22</a>) is a huge source of inspiration! She raised 3 kids, while studying part-time & advancing in her career to become a leader in her sector - no small feat! Here she is running in the rain with me on Mother's Day, no less! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/thanksMom?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#thanksMom</a> 💜 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IWD2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IWD2018</a> <a href="https://t.co/FwLzTbUFSM">pic.twitter.com/FwLzTbUFSM</a>—@brealeona
<a href="https://twitter.com/LondonMorning?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LondonMorning</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MarieCurie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MarieCurie</a> is my <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/science?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#science</a> hero. She is the only person, male or female, to win 2 Nobel Prizes in 2 sciences (physics and chemistry). <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WomenInScience?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WomenInScience</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IWD2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IWD2018</a>—@sdhanvan
Submitted by Zachary Matthews
I wanted to take the time to honour my Memere (Grandmother), Suzanne.
Memere was essential to the man I've become today. She taught me engagement, selflessness and thoughtfulness.
She is my step-grandmother, but she loved me as her blood regardless ever since the day I came through the door. Never a doubt I was part of the family.
Submitted by Janice Drysdale
Grammie was a war bride at the age of 19 and left her life behind in England to follow her love to Canada.
My grandparents went on to have six kids, 19 grand kids and 30+ great grand kids. She was so very proud of each one of us, taking a special interest in what made us unique.
Unfortunately, she passed away in November of 2016 but I have so many treasured memories with her and she helped shape who I am today.
I refer to her as my much better half (she is everything I could wish for and more in a partner for life). If it is all just a magnificent dream-I hope we never wake up (she is not actually a viking but definitely is a good sport) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InternationalWomensDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InternationalWomensDay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/LondonMorning?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LondonMorning</a> <a href="https://t.co/RZndvxfU4j">pic.twitter.com/RZndvxfU4j</a>—@scubaguy62
Submitted by Erin Birtwistle Griffiths
One of the strongest women I have ever known was my mom. She was one of the first female RCMP officers to join the force, did body guard work for the Pope (when he was in Toronto) and went to India to investigate the bombing of Air India 182 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
My mom then fought a long, hard battle against Parkinson's for years, but sadly lost the battle in the end.
Thank you mom for being so inspirational and for paving a path for ALL women to be whatever they want to be.
I love and miss you so much mom.