Girls & Women
Jean Augustine believes that a community can only reach its full potential by involving everyone in its social and economic life. She encourages programs and initiatives that empower girls and women by expanding access to education, increasing economic opportunity, and providing critical health care to young mothers and their newborns.
In Canada and around the world, she remains committed to doing what she can to help lift women out of poverty—and with them, their families and entire communities.
Jean believes that diversity is a key component of high performing societies.
Greater outcomes emerge when people come together regardless of race, lineage, religion or gender. Canada and the world's future success will be increasingly tied to our capacity to harness different backgrounds, skills, attitudes, experiences and perspectives. The advantages this brings are limitless.
On the flip side, studies show that the lack of cohesion between races, religions or cultures contributes to global societal difficulties.
Jean Augustine believes that civic participation is an effective means through which desired improvements in the human condition can be sought. Her legacy and continuing work is a strong example of how goals can be achieved through engagement.
For example, youth who volunteer in productive causes are considerably more likely to be connected to their school, their communities and prospective work opportunities. Equally important, those volunteers gain transferrable skills, leadership experience and social capital that can help them get ahead.
Jean encourages conscious collaboration amongst all sectors -- private, public and nonprofit – to help more people acquire valuable skills that can help them get good jobs.
Jean believes that economic empowerment is one of the keys to better outcomes in the human condition. It involves the capacity of women and men to participate, contribute and benefit from growth processes in ways that recognize the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and facilitate a fairer distribution of the benefits of growth.
Jean encourages inclusive and fair access to economic opportunity for all people, with particular emphasis on people who are most likely to be marginalized -- low-income women and young people. This includes better access to education and employment; as well as initiatives to reduce systemic poverty, while increasing productivity, competitiveness, and growth in individuals. Individuals must have access to opportunities to work their way out of poverty and uplift their communities.