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Article and photos by Jared Story
Weston School students saw their drawings
come to life on International Women’s Day.
Redrawing the Balance, a city-wide
elementary school event presented by the Winnipeg Police Service, saw school
children illustrating their perceptions of people in different occupations.
The students were then introduced to
individuals with those same careers, the catch being they were all women.
Visiting Weston Grade 1 and 2 students on
March 8 were Barbara Pelletier, an avionics technician at 17 Wing Winnipeg,
Lesley Fox, a military chaplain at 17 Wing, Dr. Nafisa Dharamsi, a surgeon at
Children’s Hospital, and Const. Leonie Lazarus, a member of the WPS’ foot
“I think it’s awesome that we’re
encouraging girls that they can do whatever they want,” Dharamsi said. “I
fought through a world to get here, but in our time, it wasn’t the same. Now,
there’s not the same biases.”
When the four women walked into the Weston
classroom, Grade 1 teacher Jodi Horst asked the students “What do you notice
about all our guests that are here today?”
The children gave multiple answers, such as
“They all have uniforms”, “They all help people” and even “They all have
different hair.” Horst had to hint at the fact that all four guests were women
before any student guessed gender as the similarity.
“I thought that was a good sign, that they
weren’t surprised that women were here in those roles,” said Jessica Davies, a
Grade 1/2 teacher at Weston.
“Some of them were writing their own names
on the pictures they were drawing, so they’re already starting to see
themselves in those roles.”
After introductions, the students split
into groups, where Pelletier, Fox, Dharamsi and Lazarus showed the children
what they do in their respective careers.