100 Women Who Care About Women Campaign

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We are pleased to feature Kathy Villanen as a Trailblazer committed to raising $1,000 for Elizabeth Fry Society’s ‘100 Women Who Care About Women’ Campaign!

“To move forward, you have to give back.” Oprah Winfrey

Kathy, originally from Barrie, is a dedicated mother of three sons and has moved all over Canada following her husbands career. She has lived in 3 provinces and 13 different homes, but is now happy to call Barrie her home once again. Kathy is active in her community, always working to bring people together through community activities, family dinners, or “just because” events with friends and neighbours. She has acted as hockey team manager, sat on the minor hockey tournament committee, is a school volunteer, and does fundraising through her children’s schools and hockey leagues. On a personal level, Kathy feels a connection with Elizabeth Fry Society, as she has a family member who was previously supported by the organization. She understands the unexpected challenges faced by women experiencing homelessness, and the importance of empowering women with the tools necessary to change their lives for the better. We are delighted to welcome Kathy to our team of Trailblazers!

If you would like to help Kathy be a champion for change and meet her $1,000 goal, head to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/elizabeth-fry-society-of-simcoe-county/ and make sure you add Kathy’s name in the message box!

Kathy Villanen


Introducing this week’s featured Trailblazer, Cory van der Vliet !
Cory van der Vliet is a mixed media maker and painter, Mother, community collaborator, and arts-based advocate for social justice, working out of Barrie Ontario. A graduate of Georgian’s School of Design and Visual Art, with a BFA from Thompson Rivers University, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Museum and Gallery Studies, Cory devotes her life to building and supporting inclusive learning communities through the arts; embracing and exploring learning and leadership styles to catalyze social change while striving to achieve social equity. Co-founder of the former alternative art space ‘The Front Room Gallery’, and an originating member of the DIY Arts Collective, Cory has proudly acted as the instigator behind numerous revolving door artist projects that celebrate and promote the healing powers of community and the arts. Her work as a curator and facilitator has opened the path to a number of opportunities to promote awareness of social issues through creativity, and include successful collaborations with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the AIDS Coalition of Simcoe County, Georgian Environmentalists GEAR, Food not Bombs, and Simcoe Pride. As both a visual and musical artist, Cory has contributed to fundraising campaigns for Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling Centre, Smash the Stigma, and Epilepsy Canada. When Cory stepped up to join the 100 Women Who Care About Women Campaign, it was our absolute pleasure to give her the task of being a Trailblazer. Cory is, and has always been, a true champion for social justice and we are very proud to have her on our team.
Please help Cory reach her goal of raising $1,000 to help Simcoe County’s most vulnerable women on their path to healing.

Cory van der Vliet


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How to Donate

  1. Not on a Trailblazing Team – Donate Directly
  2. Recruited by a Trailblazer – Donate Online
  3. Recruited by a Trailblazer – Mail/Drop off Recruitment Card and Donation
  4. To become a Trailblazer – Contact our Fundraising Coordinator 


For more information contact Jennilu Reid at 705.725.0613 ext. 234 or email fundraising@elizabethfrysociety.com.