For the past 10 years, I’ve followed Rosemary Sadlier’s career. Rosemary served as the President of the Ontario Black For the past 10 years, I’ve followed Rosemary Sadlier’s career. Rosemary served as the President of the Ontario Black History Society from 1993 to 2015, where she contributed to the recognition of Black history through education, research, and outreach. Rosemary’s passion for elevating Black Canadian voices was central to the Canadian government’s 1995 decision to make the celebration of Black History Month an annual  national event. Needless to say, she’s a total badass!

When Rosemary’s book The Kids Book of Black Canadian History was released last year, I purchased it immediately. Not only was I excited to learn about the contribution from the first Black person who came to Canada about 400 years ago to the most recent wave of African immigrants, but to learn that Black Canadians have played an important role in our country’s history. Rosemary has written this wonderful piece literature that belongs on all book shelves in every library, in children’s homes, and classrooms across our country.

Years later, at a conference I was attending, I participated in a session led by Coach “Raia” Carey,  a three-time certified Life Coach and motivational speaker. I was drawn to her beautiful demeanor, positive outlook on life, and her passion for encouraging others to tap into the confidence they never knew they had. I was fortunate to connect with Coach Carey one-on-one, and I found her as engaging and encouraging with me as she had been with a room full of attendees at the conference. After engaging with Coach Carey, I knew she was the real deal.

One day Coach Carey posted a photo to Instagram of her and Rosemary – her mother. That BLEW MY MIND. I knew I needed to interview this incredible Mother – Daughter duo for our Women Who Rocks blog segment. This team is not only electrifying, but they are compassionate, brilliant and incredible human beings. 

When I asked Rosemary and Coach Carey to finish this sentence “Women are…” they answered, “Women are awesome, mazing, beautiful, and intuitively capable of anything!”

We were extremely grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed these wonderful humans. I hope you were inspired by these Woman Who Rock! 

Until then, 

Alessandra