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Gender equity organization fundraising for local shelter

Bridging Gender Divides, created by a group of Canadian high school students, is holding virtual cooking classes to fundraise for Adsum for Women and Children
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Julia Wright (left) and Eunice are co-presidents of Bridging Gender Divides (Courtesy of Bridging Gender Divides)

A Halifax high school student has created an organization with other students across Canada to support gender equity.

Julia Wright, a Halifax student in Grade 11, founded Bridging Gender Divides with three other students in Toronto and another in Vancouver.

“We realized that me and a bunch of other girls, we all had a passion for gender equity and being able to help women who potentially didn’t have all the resources that we had,” she tells NEWS 95.7’s The Sheldon MacLeod Show.

The five students had all planned on attending a summer camp this year along with many other Canadian students. Due to COVID-19, the camp was cancelled.

While their summer plans had taken a shift, the five students stayed in contact and decided to create Bridging Gender Divides.

BGD 2 - HalifaxTodayMayya (left), Faith (center) and Emma are Bridging Gender Divides' three other members (Courtesy of Bridging Gender Divides)

Now, the organization is holding its first fundraising event called Cooking for a Cause, a monthly event where participants take virtual cooking lessons led by an established chef.

The lessons begin later this month and run until December. The first is on Sept. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sachin Seth, a finalist on season two of the Great Canadian Baking Show, will lead the class on making pumpkin scones.

Wright says Bridging Gender Divides is keeping future chefs a secret to build suspense for upcoming lessons.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Adsum for Women and Children, a Halifax shelter that has run for 37 years.

“We know that they do a lot of great work and they help women in need,” Wright says. “Especially in the time of COVID-19, they’ve had to do a lot of renovations and could really use our support.”

On top of that, Wright says cooking was chosen as the activity because it’s generally enjoyable.

“But when COVID-19 happened, a lot of people weren’t able to go out to restaurants or enjoy different types of food,” she says. “We’re kind of just stuck at home cooking food and potentially cooking the same food all the time.”

Participants can choose between two packages:

  • Cooking Class — Includes the virtual cooking class with a suggested donation of $25
  • VIP Package — Includes the virtual cooking class with an exclusive Q&A with the chef; minimum donation of $50 and a maximum of 20 packages

Those interested can register or find more information on Bridging Gender Divides’ website.

Chris Stoodley

About the Author: Chris Stoodley

Chris was born and raised in Halifax. After graduating from the journalism program at King's, he started as's weekend editor.
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