Nominated for the award: Community Activism
Company: Body Confidence Canada
Biography: Jill Andrew, PhD(ABD) is the co-founder of Body Confidence Canada (BCC) and a nationally regarded and sought after speaker, expert and media commentator on body image, self esteem, representation and empowerment. Jill's BCC is at the forefront of self-esteem, leadership and empowerment activism in Canada. BCC produces the Body Confidence Canada Awards which has awarded over 25 women across Canada since 2013 who are body positive champions fighting for social justice. Jill's BCC also created the national campaign #SizeismSUCKS to raise awareness about appearance/body-based harassment and discrimination. With over 40,000 supporters across the country, Jill and her team of #SizeismSUCKS campaign leaders are advocating to have size and appearance added to Canada's human rights legislation as prohibited grounds for discrimination. Jill's BCC also created the Body Confidence Awareness Week (BCAWeek) now recognized by two of Canada's largest school boards serving over 300,000 children and youth. BCAWeek advocates against bullying, gender, race and size-based discrimination and encourages schools to take a preventative approach towards bullying in order to create safer and caring environments for children where kids can learn to foster healthy relationships with their peers free of discrimination. Body Confidence Canada also has philanthropic interests where child and youth, women and other marginalized groups are concerned. BCC has raised and/or donated necessary funds to The 519, Rainbow Camp and Jill has been a supporter and donor of several organizations and initiatives including Canadian Women's Foundation, Scarborough Women's Centre, Jessie's Centre for Young Women, Inside Out LGBT Film & Arts Festival, Scarborough Theatre Guild, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives, Tropicana, NAAFA, Toronto Int'l Deaf Film & Arts Festival and many others.