Empowered women, empower women At WE, female executives, department heads and directors make up 84 percent of our leadership. Meet two of our extraordinary leaders.
Dalal Al-Waheidi Executive Director, WE Charity
As Executive Director of Executive Leadership at WE Charity, Dalal Al- Waheidi has been integral in shaping the success of the WE movement into an international charity and educational partner. She joined the organization in 2002, and has held a variety of pivotal roles, including WE Villages Director, Chief Operations Director and Executive Director of WE Day. Dalal’s outlook was shaped by her experience of growing up in the Middle East. As a refugee and war-affected child, her education was interrupted; yet, at 17, she was invited to attend college in Norway, and went on to graduate from Canada’s Trent University, having studied political science and international development on a full scholarship.
Michelle Douglas, Chair, WE Charity Board of Directors, Canada
For the past three decades, Michelle Douglas has worked as a federal public servant in Canada. In her current role as Director of International Relations at Canada’s Department of Justice, she provides policy support to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. A celebrated champion for social justice and equality, in 1989 she was honorably dismissed by the Canadian military due to her sexual orientation. She launched a landmark lawsuit that resulted in ending the military’s discriminatory policy against gays and lesbians. She has served as the Chair of WE Charity’s Board of Directors for more than 10 years. She has also served as Chair of the 519 Community Centre and the Foundation for Equal Families. In 2012, Michelle was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her volunteerism. She resides in Ottawa.
Dalal’s exemplary leadership at WE has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network with Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award in the “Future Leaders” category, and by her former alma mater, Trent University, with the Distinguished Alumni Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership early in her career. In 2014, Dalal was selected as one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners for her passion and desire to make the world a better place, especially for the lives of youth around the world. “Much of my life has been spent in countries where women’s rights are a daily struggle,” says Dalal, who grew up in Palestine and Kuwait. “While I was fortunate to be supported in my wish to pursue an education and work abroad, I saw friends married off or forced to stay home as caregivers. Looking back, I can see these difficult events are what established my commitment to advocating for women and youth, fighting racism and advancing education. “Through our sustainable development projects in Kenya, India, Ecuador and other countries abroad, WE works with women in their communities, helping them develop marketable skills, knowledge and financial independence,” Dalal says. “The same is true here at home. WE has always offered exceptional opportunities for mentorship, growth and development among our employees, both male and female.”
All but three of WE’s departments are led by women: • People Operations and Culture • Donor Engagement • WE Schools • MARCOM360 (Marketing Agency) • Trips Operations/Sales • Retail • Storytelling (Content) • PR • Digital Media • WE Villages (International Development) • Strategy • Regional Offices
• Facilities • WE Day
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