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Luminary Soirée Gala

Rocky Mountaineer Station

Mark your calendars for Big Sisters'  LUMINARY SOIRÉE GALA on October 13th, 2022!

Each year Big Sisters recognizes a person or people in the community who have moved the needle on mentorship and youth empowerment. 

This year, we are delighted to announce 2022’s Luminary Award recipients: Jill Schnarr (Chief Social Innovation & Communications Officer, TELUS) and Juggy Sihota (Vice president, Consumer Health, TELUS).

Big Sisters Executive Director, Chantelle Krish notes “We are so pleased to honour two progressive and visionary leaders. Jill and Juggy have truly made TELUS the vanguard of thoughtful corporate leadership, mentorship and community impact.”

This year’s Luminary Award Soirée presented by Scotiabank on October 13th will feature unique gala experiences and program hosted by Fred Lee. Enjoy a night of inspiring stories and delectable cocktails and experience a fresh new take on the classic Soirée at the enchanting Rocky Mountaineer Station.

Presenting this year's Luminaries

“We are at our most powerful when we inspire and cheer each other on. Being a passionate leader of female advocacy enables me to support the impactful work of Big Sisters, alongside my dear friend and extraordinary colleague Juggy Sihota,” says Jill Schnarr, Chief Social Innovation and Communications Officer, TELUS. “Behind every successful woman, is a village of other successful women who are helping her. One woman can make a difference, but together, we are the most transforming force on the planet!”

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Luminary Award Recipient Juggy Sihota

“Thank you to Big Sisters for this incredible honour that I am so grateful to share with Jill Schnarr, my esteemed colleague and cherished friend,” says Juggy Sihota, Vice-president, Consumer Health at TELUS. “‘Lift while you climb’ is a personal motto of mine, and it was honed through the early stages of my career when Jill became my champion and said my name in a room full of opportunities. My personal life goal is to have the greatest positive impact on society I can have by driving decisions and creating meaningful outcomes; and doing this through the lens of intersectionality. I am very passionate about leading in social capitalism, leading through purpose. My leadership story deliberately spans health, business, racial and social justice, gender equality and globalisation. Almost a decade ago, I was fortunate to turn my passion into my job – improving healthcare for Canadians. I feel truly fortunate to be spending my time, energy and intellect on what matters most toward my life goal. And that’s extending and expanding my leadership reach to drive as much societal good as I can. I’m still on my journey, there is lots left to do, and I’m very excited about the opportunities ahead.”

We look forward to celebrating the power of mentorship with you on October 13, 2022. 

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors

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