Everyone needs a helping hand now and then.

If it weren’t for the generosity and encouragement of many friends, family members, teachers and members of community, I definitely would not be where I am today, and I am grateful.

Whether it was getting the nudge I needed to believe in my talents and realize my full potential, or receiving food and shelter in times of need, growing up without the help and support of others would have painted quite a different picture of my future.

Each person deserves to experience and grow in a safe environment. There is a proverb which says “It takes a village to raise a child”. I can attest to that.

These statements are all part of the reason why I started the “Time For Change” Initiative along with my 3 wonderful partners at Mont Royal Watches. 10% of all net sales from our debut watch collection will go to local and international initiatives in support of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and girls. Half of the funds raised will go towards organizations in the Montreal area (to be announced soon), and the other half will help nurture our sponsor partnership with Plan International’s Because I am a Girl movement.

Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive. To do this, Plan International creates sustainable projects in developing countries to improve girls’ access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation.

Not only do I want to feel that I can make a positive change in someone else’s life, I also owe it to myself and to others to do my part and pay it forward. I am grateful to have this opportunity to give back, and I recognize how fortunate I am to be in a situation which allows me to do so.

I am also willing to admit, that one of the reasons for wanting to pay it forward, is a very selfish one. Because the act of giving… just feels so darn good!

Yes, there were many days in my life when the outlook was quite gloomy, and perhaps I will find the courage to share a few stories with you that recall some of those tough times that I had to face and how I was able to overcome the challenges thrown my way. Mostly however, I would like to talk more about the importance of gender equality and how it affects everyone, and I would also love to hear your thoughts as well.

I invite you and all of our community of followers here at Mont Royal Watches to join me and my partners in this journey. Together, let’s share stories, learn about the facts, and see how we can move forward by lifting each other up, and make Time for Change.

 

Have you ever fallen on hard times? Can you think of a moment in your life when you were able to get back on your feet thanks to the kindness and support of others?

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