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Just over three months ago, we launched our 2014/2015 GEM program.  Since then we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with the oldest girl school in Canada as well as some of the city’s most creative female entrepreneurs.  The best part – every one of our partners saw potential in GEM and are eager to support the growth of our spectacular GEMgirls.

BSS Scholarship

We announced our exciting partnership with BSS earlier this month. BSS has offered scholarships for their intensive one-week math skills summer academy. The details of this partnership are outlined here BSS & GEM Partner.

Foods for Your Moods Workshop

Joy McCarthy, holistic nutritionist of Joyous Health, shared her wisdom on healthy eating and joyous living with our GEMgirls providing refreshing options to be happy and healthy. Read Your Daily Dose of Joy for more information.

University Applications Assistance

GEM hosted a workshop on University Applications, focusing primarily on writing personal statements.

Leadership Coaching Sessions

Each GEMgirl received an individual coaching session with Anne-Marie Sorrenti based off of their Birkman Assessments this month. During the coaching session, the girls learned about their communication styles, strengths, and stressors.

Thanks to everyone involved for making November such an exciting month.

The GEM Team


The GEM 2014/2015 mentorship program is officially underway and we have so much to share with you.

GEM101 – Mentee Training

Training our mentees at the Aga Khan Museum was a lot of fun! After a quick game of “speed dating” to break the ice, we launched into a program overview and answered questions.

GEM 101 – Mentor Training

Our mentors also came together to be trained. The talent in the room was evident after a quick round table of introductions.

The positive energy from both mentees and mentors was incredible – both sides were full of excitement and anticipation for the program to begin!

Workshop #1

We kicked off our GEM workshop series this month with Devra U’rzo sharing tips on multiple intelligences, studying, time management, and organization. Read more of her expert advice on our blog!

All of our matches have been made, most mentors and mentees have already met and everyone is looking forward to the nine months ahead.

Again, many thanks to all of our partners, collaborators, donors, and volunteers. We love your passion and dedication – we couldn’t have done this without you!

The GEM Team


We have had our hands full at GEM this month as we prepared to launch our 2014/2015 mentorship program.

Some of the highlights….


There were over 60 strong applicants and Rebecca and I interviewed 35 girls over the course of two weeks. This year we can only accept 30 girls to participate in the program. We want to thank everyone who applied to GEM and whenever possible we will invite all applicants to our workshops and coffee chats.

I promise, we will continue to raise awareness and money so that next year we can provide mentorship opportunities to more girls.

Aga Khan Museum Opening

Our partners, the Aga Khan Museum, also opened its doors this month. It is an honour and a pleasure to work with such an innovative and inspiring organization!


Most importantly, the program would not be launching without an exceptional team. Thank you to GEM’s fabulous board, project manager, three interns and two volunteers for all your hard work!

October is going to be an incredible month… Stay tuned because we have tons of surprises up our sleeves!