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Inspiring Women 2019

flyer for the 2019 inspiring women event

Wednesday, October 23rd @ 7:30pm

Come join us for this uplifting and inspiring event. Two women from the Queen's and Kingston community will be honoured for their leadership and mentoring skills. 

No tickets are required and the event is free of charge. To learn more, call the Ban Righ Centre at 613-533-2976.


Introducing our 2019 Inspiring Women

The recipient of the Faculty Mentoring Award is Dr. Louise Rang. Dr. Rang is an Attending Emergency Physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen's University.
What people had to say about Dr. Rang:
“Residents unanimously say that Louise pushes them to do better and constantly challenges them, but does so with concrete and sage advice. Graduates, years later, comment on how Louise helped them transition from timid residents to confident emergency physicians.”
“Quietly and without fanfare, she has built a series of support networks and initiatives that assist everyone in our stressful work environment to recover from traumatic work events and continue to find joy and meaning in work.”


Georgina Riel
The recipient of the Community Leadership Award is Georgina Riel. Georgina is the owner of Riel Cultural Consulting, is a Traditional Knowledge Caretaker, Hand Drummer/Singer, Facilitator, Visual Artist, Educator, Friend to many, Community Builder, Life Partner and Mother to two amazing sons.
What people had to say about Georgina Riel:  
“Georgina offered her non-judgemental ear, her wonderful sense of humour, and made space for difficult conversations. She has a depth of empathy that I believe few possess.”  
“That Kingston celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day, that there are powwows at Queen’s University, that there are discussions and policies about Indigenous issues in classrooms, political groups and social service organizations in Kingston is due in no small part to the outspoken and warm-hearted leadership of Georgina Riel.”  
“Whether in the public sector, the non-profit world, correctional services or the private sector, Georgina Riel has worked to bring people together, to highlight traditional Indigenous knowledge and to foster healthy communities and working environments.”

Our Talented Artists

Britta B. is a Toronto-based spoken word poet, emcee and artist educator. Her poetry has featured in notable spheres such as TEDx, The Walrus Talks, The Stephen Lewis Foundation, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is an alumna of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab and an active member of the League of Canadian Poets. Britta is currently working towards her MFA in Creative Writing at University of Guelph.

Twitter/IG: @missbrittab

Michelle Kasaboski is on a journey to establish herself as a top Jazz & AC singer in the Canadian music scene; Commended for her rich tone and vocal command, she continues to draw praise from audiences and musicians alike, including Juno Award Winning artists Ranee Lee (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, 2010) and Hugh Johnston (Musicounts Teacher of the Year, 2012). Her most recent successes include the release of a new EP of Jazz Standards, “The Very Thought of You”, and a sold-out concert at the Grand Theatre this past Christmas 2018. Michelle is currently completing her Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University (Spring 2020).

Michelle is currently performing and co-producing a 3-Concert Series (Michelle Kasaboski “Making the Artist Series”) from May to October, highlighting artists that have inspired her personally and professionally, as well as premiering new original music in the third and final show. The upcoming last show will feature the music of famous female singers who were also the songwriters behind their hits, including k.d. lang, Carole King, Jann Arden and Joni Mitchell, as well as Michelle’s original music. Performances are on October 26th and 27th at Fête Events (inside the old S&R building). The All-Star band performing with Michelle will be announced in September!


The Four Directions Women’s Singers grew out of the weekly drum group that is held at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre. It is a group of students, staff and community that come together to learn Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee drum songs. Each week there is shared laughter, singing and sometimes tears. It is said that the drum is good heart medicine!