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Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau

Gender equality activist, public speaker, devoted mother of 3. Wife of the PM.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is an engaged activist for gender equality, a media personality, and a mother of three young children. During the past fifteen years, she has been involved with a variety of causes, including teenage self-esteem, women and girls’ rights and freedoms, eating disorders, mental health, and raising awareness around the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Her work as a cultural reporter also helped her promote two other causes she holds close to her heart: arts and la francophonie.

Dedicated to women’s rights

Sophie is a national ambassador for Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” initiative. She recently carried the important message of advancing the cause of women and girls at the Copenhagen “Women Deliver” conference organized by Plan Canada through video address in the Spring of 2016. Sophie is the official spokesperson for the foundation Fillactive, an organization that encourages healthy self-esteem through a balanced lifestyle for young women. She was also the spokesperson for the Shield of Athena, a non-profit organization for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

In 2012, Sophie launched the celebration for Plan Canada’s first-ever “International Day of the Girl,” an initiative endorsed by United Nations. Sophie also met with a team of renowned researchers in women’s mental health from Montreal’s Douglas Hospital, and took on the role of ambassador to the Mini-Psych School to help share the latest research and knowledge on the issue with Canadians.

In 2010, she was invited to attend Governor General Michaëlle Jean’s Women’s Conference. She hosted an event for United Nations Women Canada in Ottawa, and was the honoured guest and speaker at the McGill Students for UN Women Canada.

Over the years, she has lent her support to a multitude of causes, including: Women’s Festival Toronto, Girls for the Cure , the Canadian Mental Health Association, Dove’s “Pay Beauty Forward” program, the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart Truth, The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, Me to We (Free the Children), the Clinique des troubles alimentaires (BACA), Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA), FAB Women, the Looking Glass Foundation, the Vagina Monologues, la Maison Doris, Sheena’s Place, Ladies Who Lunch, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health’s Annual Fundraising Galas and many more. Sophie not only promotes these causes in Canada but around the world during official visits. In September 2016, she notably took part in a roundtable discussion organized by Lean In on the achievements of Chinese women and girls during Canada’s official state visit to China.

A journalist and public personality

Sophie studied Commerce at McGill University, and finished with honours her B.A. in Communications at the Université de Montréal. She completed another certification at École de radio et télévision Promédia in Montreal.

Sophie spent five years as CTV eTalk’s Quebec cultural correspondent. She worked in sales and advertising before landing a job as a journalist in LCN’s newsroom, becoming their resident cultural reporter. She was a co-host or contributor for a number of shows, including Coup de Pouce and Les Lionnes on Radio-Canada, Salut-Bonjour Weekend on TVA, TVA’s wildlife program Bec and Museau, as well as Z tv’s Teksho and TSX, a series on the technology behind entertainment and extreme sports. She has also co-hosted in numerous radio shows, including on CBC Radio One and CKMF, in addition to being a cultural reporter for CKAC.

A passionate yogi

Sophie’s outdoorsy and energetic personality translates into important family time in nature. Like many parents, Sophie also volunteers her time at her children’s school. A fearless soul, she loves to water ski, alpine ski, swim, ice skate and give her best at any sporting activity. Her intrinsic curiosity and her willingness to explore spirituality motivated Sophie to study hatha yoga and attain her teacher certification. This year, she completed her “Radiant Child” kundalini yoga teacher certification, a practice specifically for children.
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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau: Why My Family Talks Openly About Mental Health

In my family, we do our best to be open about it. We share with each other and talk openly about the challenges and struggles surrounding mental health -- challenges that have touched our family directly, and the families of countless Canadians. The conversation can sometimes be uncomfortable or difficult, but it is too important to let that stop us. We work hard every day to try to reduce and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. In order to recover, we must be willing to find and accept help. We can have conversations with our family and friends, even when it is difficult to do so. Some of you may not have families who are available or open to conversations about mental health, but that does not mean you are alone.
10/12/2016 02:04 EDT