Inspiring and resilient women. They are models of determination and courage. They have a genuine desire to forge their own path, while working together in solidarity. They are ready to make huge efforts and to work hard! And they are going to make their dreams come true.

That’s what the Lise Watier Foundation is all about.

Inspiring stories

Discover the testimonials of women helped by the Lise Watier Foundation.

The story of Nazli.

When immigration rhymes with career change.

The story of Gabriela.

Gabriela, a single mother who is going back to school with the financial aid of the Lise Watier Foundation. 

The story of Aurore.

Taking different paths to find her way.

The story of Dominique.

Full-time mom turned successful businesswoman.

Dominique-Nadeau, femme d'affaires

The story of Lawrence.

Building her business after 10 years of working in an environment that did not suit her.

The story of Valérie.

A woman’s drive to success.

Other touching testimonials

Our participants speak about the program

The following testimonies confirm that the Let’s Start Up Program have a concrete impact on the participants by helping them to regain self-confidence and achieve financial independence.

Marie-Christine, a successful businesswoman
Julie Ann, a resilient women
Roxann, a very talented photographer
Julia, a student in jewelry

” The Foundation allowed me to continue my studies and helped me by providing not only financial aid, but also by offering real support. Every month, I had feedback with my counsellor, who encouraged me… it felt good to share with someone! Today, I am proud to have completed my special education technique and I hope to help others. Many thanks from me and my six children. “

Let’s Start Up Program, Education stream – Special Education technique

The warm and caring attitude of everyone involved in the program really made a difference. The positive energy and enthusiasm of the advisors was contagious, and I would bring this amazing energy home every day. At the end of each session, I felt like I could accomplish anything! ”

Let’s Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream

“Throughout the program, I felt so lucky to be surrounded by inspiring women and professional counsellors. I never would’ve made it on my own; now I can finally do what I really enjoy.”

Let’s Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream

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Do you want to help women take the path to financial independence? Are you convinced that with help and support, women can achieve a transformative professional project that will ensure a better future for them and their children?

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” I felt exhausted, so I questioned my future. The program changed my life!  It allowed me to refocus on my needs and visualize where I wanted to go. I met women who gave me confidence and shared their knowledge to help me start my own business.


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship Stream

I am so grateful for the Lise Watier Foundation’s financial aid for studies. Thanks to this support, I have the tools I need to become professionally accomplished and to live again. I am proud of where I am today and I know that my children are too… and you can’t put a price on that.


Let's Start Up Program, Education Stream

Go ahead, believe in your dreams because anything is possible, really, ANYTHING! Never, at 60, would I have thought it was possible… But thanks to the Let’s Start Up program, I have come out of my shell; I now realize how much potential I have, and I know I will make it. 


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship Stream

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