Fort McMurray (Sept. 14, 2020)— Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta is excited to announce Rachel Ivey as the
third nominee in the Women of Inspiration Series presented by Bouchier. The Women of Inspiration Series
recognizes local women who break gender stereotypes, drive change and advocate for women’s and girls’
rights and opportunities.
Ivey is one of the founding coaches of Northern Trailblazers Basketball, where she encourages and mentors
children, especially young girls through sport, although her work stretches well beyond the basketball
court. She empowers girls and her fellow volunteers to be confident both on and off of the court and offers
encouragement for students to be the best they can be.
She is a strong advocate for the under-represented communities in Wood Buffalo, having helped lead the
march to raise awareness of police brutality and racism against Black, Indigenous and People of Colour
Ivey also organized a safe space for BIPOC students in Northern Trailblazers Basketball to express their
concerns about racism they have experienced.
“Growing up I was shy and anxious all of the time. My message to young girls would be to use your voice,
you have one and people want to hear it,” Said Ivey.
The Women of Inspiration selection committee chose Ivey for her involvement mentoring young girls
through sport, her volunteerism and advocacy efforts to tackle systemic violence by transforming her
lived experience into an action. All are key pillars of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta.
Ivey and four other women will be honoured at a Women of Inspiration Celebration presented by Bouchier
in March 2021.
To nominate a woman of inspiration click here.