President’s Blog


I didn’t have time to relax after getting off the C3 icebreaker as the mission of Leacross is to continue educating women and children to become more informed, more involved and more dynamic.



So the month of December was taken up following up with some our grantees. Catherine Mavriplis is the NSERC chair for Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Ottawa.


I had a chance to meet up with engineering students who are taking leadership training in their fields. It was also inspiring seeing Makerspace, student run labs with 3D printers. This educational outreach allows engineers to visit schools to teach youth how to use designs and create concrete inventions with the printers.



Catherine works tirelessly to promote women in STEM fields, and it is evidenced with -future-in-science-and-engineering/

Here is just a few of the interviews, check out our Facebook page ( ) for more women in science and more information on in science and engineering.


Nearing International Women’s Day reconfirms my commitment at the Leacross Foundation to remember our job is not done until both genders are comfortable with equal treatment. (more…)


October and November have been busy months. Women have been participating in so many activities and having strong voices in the STEM fields.


This is my first blog post expressing the accomplishments of the Leacross Foundation.

It’s been a busy year with ongoing projects that support education and economic development for women and children. Where to start? Current and upcoming projects include the following:

Leacross Landing

Leacross Landing, is a 16 home development with Habitat for Humanity GO in Orleans Ontario.


Riverkeeper just had their annual paddle the river in voyageur canoes and personal watercraft with over 300 participants.

Ottawa Heart Institute

The wonderful biomedical engineering students who interned at the Ottawa Heart Institute just finished their 4 month paid term and are embarking on continued studies. Their eyes were opened by working alongside doctors and technicians who shared valuable experiences observing open heart surgeries and seeing the procurement process for the new labs being built in the expansion of the heart institute.

Students on Ice

SOI 2013 Students on Ice

(L to R) Aimee, Saskia, Rosie, Roslyn, Noa,Tegan

The Leacross girls who went to the Arctic with Students on Ice expressed life changing experiences and have returned to their communities to enlighten their peers.

Canadian Society of International Health (CSIH)

I’m looking forward to meeting the 10 young university women coming to Ottawa with CSIH in October to participate in the annual Canadian conference for global health.  

More to come.