True North, the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose are proud to be part of important conversations that celebrate and encourage women's success. As part of the NHL's Gender Equality Month, the Jets will host a virtual event on March 8th on International Women's Day and host the Gender Equality game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, recognizing the important roles and contributions women are making in hockey every day in our community. The Jets will play ten games during Gender Equality month - Buy Your Tickets Now.
Brigette Lacquette, who grew up in Mallard, Man. and Cote First Nation, Sask., was the first First Nations athlete to play on Canada's women's Olympic hockey team when she was selected to the team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Lacquette made her debut in Canada's National Women's Team Program in 2008 with the Under-18 team, winning gold at the 2010 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship and silver at the 2009 tournament. As a member of Canada's National Women's Development Team, she also won gold at the Nations Cup in 2013 and 2016. In July 2021, Laquette accepted a role as a Pro Scout for the Chicago Blackhawks. Her success in hockey has shown young Indigenous girls that they belong in sports and that they can achieve greatness, and she's used her platform to visit schools and communities to speak about the determination and resilience that has led her through her hockey career.
Amanda Chau started her career in a customer service marketing support role at Direct Focus Marketing and worked her way up to leading a client portfolio and team as an Account Manager. Searching for a new challenge, Amanda made the decision to pivot her career and enter a sales position in the world of professional sports. In 2018, she joined True North Sports + Entertainment as a Manager of Corporate Partnerships, where she used her marketing and client service experience to foster partnerships with the local business community. That would eventually lead to her current role as Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships, where she now builds partnerships with national brands. A born and raised Winnipegger with a lifelong love of hockey, Amanda considers her role an opportunity to not only advocate for Winnipeg and True North at the national level, but also represent a female voice in corporate sponsorship.
Sherry Shindruk is the Regional Director of Client Service at Canada Life. Sherry leads a team across the Manitoba and Saskatchewan regions supporting Canada Life's Group Benefit and Retirement offerings to more than 3,000 businesses. Her success in this role can be tied to her natural passion for creating lasting relationships and putting the well-being of others at the centre of everything she does. Sherry's level of resiliency in both her career and personal experiences is beyond impressive. Early in her career, she lost her mother to cancer and her brother in a tragic car accident, after which she turned to sport as an outlet and support system. Sherry has also become a caregiver to her son's father who suffers from Huntington's disease, a debilitating condition that requires daily care. In the last decade, hockey has become Sherry's most rewarding routine. From stepping out onto the ice as a player, to taking on the role as coach for her son's hockey team, to volunteering. Sherry's proudest accomplishment, though, is her 11-year-old son Max.
The Moose are launching a Women in Sport Job Shadow Program. The application process goes until Wednesday, March 2. Interested applicants must self-identify as female and be 16 years of age or older to apply. Applicants will be asked to complete an online form and fill out a series of questions. Successful applicants will then be invited to the two-day Manitoba Moose Women in Sport Job Shadow Program.
The NHL's Gender Equality Month celebrates women who make hockey happen every day, and as part of the larger Hockey is for Everyone initiative, works to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. Learn more at NHL.com/genderequality.