By: Rachel Chertkoff
I didn’t know I was interested in politics until a mentor showed me the way. She was deeply involved in campaigns and elections, and she got a lot of fulfilment from that involvement. I admired her both for her incredible professional accomplishments and for the respect she commanded in the political world. I wanted people to see me that way too and from the first campaign she connected me to, I felt I was part of something really important.
I have been fortunate to work with talented and passionate women and men and tried to learn something from all of them. But I never would have gotten started if it hadn’t been for the support of that one mentor.
Now I find myself in a position where I can be a mentor and engage other young women in politics. That’s why it’s so important to me that CJPAC encourages women and men, boys and girls of all ages, parties and backgrounds to get involved in the political process and make a difference in our country and our world.
Empowering women through our Generation high school program, our campus Fellowship, our summer internships and our Women in Politics events will remain a key priority for CJPAC. I’m so proud of the many female alumni of our programs who have become powerhouses in the Canadian political world, and most importantly, continue to “pay it forward” and mentor and empower others.
This International Women’s Day, I hope you’ll join me in thanking the mentors who empowered you, and think about how you can empower others!
Rachel is CJPAC’s Deputy Executive Director, and has worked for more than 16 years fostering leaders and connecting them to politics and government in Canada and the United States.