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Girls Inc. selects fourth nominee in Women Of Inspiration series

PHOTO. Girls Inc. and Bouchier Group have announced Michelle Farrow as the fourth nominee for the Women of Inspiration Award. Farrow is the Executive Director of the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club. Supplied by Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta.

Michelle Farrow is the latest to be recognized in the Women of Inspiration series.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and The Bouchier Group announced her nomination on Dec. 16, 2019.

Farrow graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreational Therapy.

She pursued a career as a Recreational Therapist and Volunteer Coordinator in the Maritimes but soon moved to Fort McMurray with her husband a few years later.

Farrow is the Executive Director of the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club (FMBGC).

Volunteer experience

During her tenure, she expanded the club’s programs forming and developing inclusive programs to serve Wood Buffalo’s LGBTQ2+ youth, youth with special needs, and other underserved kids.

The free of charge programs provide a safe environment teaching social skills, health and wellness habits, and growing future leaders.

They also offer internships and career preparation exercises.

Farrow continues to find new opportunities for funding and programming.

She successfully applied to Alberta’s Early Learning and Child Care Centres Pilot Program.

They offer $25/day childcare and cover the development of her Childhood Educators.

Farrow also collaborated with Big Brothers Big Sisters to grow a free summer mentorship program for girls 10-12 years old.

The focus of that program is to kindle self-esteem and friendship along with physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Outside of work the FMBGC, Farrow served as Chair of Volunteer Recruitments Registration for the Alberta Winter Games, and volunteers with Northern Lights Health Foundation, and is a mother of two young boys.

Recently, the RMWB appointed her as Director of Volunteer and Protocol for the 2022 Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games Host Society.

Early bird tickets for the Women of Inspiration Gala on March 7, 2020, at the Fort McMurray Golf Club, are available on Eventbrite.

Presenting sponsor, Bouchier announced America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer Winner, Mandy Harvey, would headline the event.

Nominate a woman from the region on the Girls Inc. website.