What is it that empowers you most?
The fact that I can make a difference in the life of another, that someone's life can be better because I am here is powerful! I have the power to change my world and the world at large! By being generous and audacious!
What is it that you love most about yourself?
I am driven! a passionate and persistent pioneer. Feisty and fierce! I see things that are not there and love the pleasure of bringing them into reality.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
Giving and smiling. The view in the mirror is a reflection of my physicality which is important but cannot show what I look like or feel on the inside. It does not reflect my hopes, thoughts or dreams. Giving puts a smile on my face especially when I see the smiles it produces. Anyone who smiles is beautiful. Smiling makes me feel most beautiful.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
For me no one person can hold all the attributes I model my life against so there are a few but my mom is the biggest one of them. She is a big dreamer and has been relentless in her pursuit of a happy family and peace. I love her never-give-up-no-matter-what-attitude. I caught the attitude and have lived by it. She has also taught me the power of forgiveness!
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
Maya Angelou is someone I admire because of how much adversity she overcame. I love courage!
Michelle Obama, politics aside, is a woman I admire for her challenging the status quo. A former attorney with 2 kids and a very busy husband, just like me. Using her power to change kids lives.
Jennifer Hudson bouncing back from tragedy. The way she has shown courage!
Princess Diana. She made the monarchy touchable by everyday people. That takes guts and courage. She challenged the status quo
Oprah. For her generosity and giving back and creating a culture of giving and breaking boundaries. I just love the school in South Africa!
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Probably Xena the warrior princess...I love a good fight for a great cause that impacts people for good!
What is your biggest life goal?
To change the world the way we know it now. To make a difference in the lives of millions of men, women and children and help them see they can do the same for those coming after them. To empower others to empower themselves and others will make the world a better place.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
The next one! I don't have a "biggest" achievement because small wins can have a global impact but one worthy of note for me is writing a book this year that others have told me has inspired them. Unleash Your Crazy to Win (2016) available on Amazon.
What is your favourite quote?
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw
I refuse to be reasonable!! Life will deal you a pack of cards "reasonable" will just accept it. "Unreasonable" will take the cards, change the game and play to win! I play to win!
If you could tell your 12-year-old self one thing what would it be?
You are absolutely right in challenging the status quo. Don't ever change that! You are strong!
What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism to me means strength! I am a former attorney and I became one so I could use every ability I have to protect men, women and children who are vulnerable, marginalized or unsafe. Injustice on any level makes me mad. This journey has led me to become a social justice advocate and that is what it means ultimately, being an advocate and voice for those who have no voice.
Feminism to me is not a movement but a state of heart that produces power, unity and strength and when harnessed for good can change the world. I use my strength to protect.
Vicki is an Executive Director in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada