Janie Duquette

When I was in high school, I remember being upset by the career choices of friends who were leaving school instead of pursuing an education. Bright girls, who were winning academic awards, but who had to go into the workforce for financial reasons. It had nothing to do with their intellectual or social ability. It was simply a matter of survival.

I had no idea at the time that I too would face serious challenges in my late teens. Without a miraculous job offer and an uncle who came to my rescue, I would not have been able to attend law school. The Lise Watier Foundation is the angel that stands in the way of women who need precious help that can change their lives. It is an honor for me to help spread the word about their mission.

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The participants of the Let’s Start Up program of the Lise Watier Foundation have experienced situations of vulnerability. They are now working hard to find their way back to financial independence. Help them believe in themselves and spread their wings by writing them an encouraging message! 

$5 will be donated by our partner EPIDERMA for each message written. 

Thank you for believing in them.

Having access to training, personalized support, an expanded professional network and financial aid can transform a woman’s life. The Foundation and its campaign ambassadors are convinced of this, and we are therefore inviting you to join support for the Believe in her campaign. Thank you for your precious support!

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Participant of the Let’s Start Up Program, Education Stream


Graduate of the Let’s Start Up Program

The Lise Watier Foundation offers the Let’s Start Up program in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, the Laurentians and Montérégie. More than 200 women a year are committed to taking action through the Let’s Start Up program. They graduate with a better understanding of their strengths and skills, as well as the knowledge and tools to implement their professional project. Women thus begin a new journey towards financial independence through entrepreneurship, a return to school or a more fulfilling job.

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