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Margot Franssen

Advocate for advancement of women and girls

Margot Franssen, Quig Tingley and Betty-Ann Franssen, through their company, The Body Shop Canada, campaigned to Stop Violence Against Women. $1.3 million was raised for prevention and recovery programs, 192,000 hours of community work were performed in women’s shelters at the company’s expense. Awarded ’50 Best Managed Private Companies’, and ‘100 Best Companies to Work For,” they also received the United Nations Grand Award. Margot spoke at the World Conference of Women in Beijing.

The company sold in 2004 and Margot devoted herself exclusively to the advancement of women and girls. She serves on the board of Canadian Women’s Foundation, chairs the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Canadian Girls and is a Founding Board Member of Women Moving Millions, a visionary philanthropic effort to raise millions for women and girls globally.

*OC is Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour.
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An Unconventional Holiday List

My favourite holiday list is my own personal checklist for charitable giving. Personally, I'd rather choose one organization that fits my values and priorities, and then confidently donate a good chunk of change over the long-term -- sort of like investing in a blue-chip stock. How to choose?
12/09/2013 06:27 EST
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The Time Is Now to Inquire About Missing and Murdered Women

At the beginning of last week we rejoiced with our colleagues upon hearing that Canadian premiers called for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. And then in less than 24-hours the Feds dismissed the premier's urgent call to action. Full stop. If hundreds of white women were murdered and missing would an inquiry be so quickly dismissed? What about hundreds of kindergarten teachers? Or hundreds of fire fighters? The premiers have it right. The time is now.
07/30/2013 07:57 EDT