About us

Days for Girls Canada

is a key part of

Days for Girls International's mission to shatter stigma and limitations

associated with menstruation

for improved

health, education, and livelihoods.

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Meet the Leadership Team

Syd Hielema

Chair of the Board

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Syd is semi-retired professor turned administrator who lives in Ancaster, ON with his wife Evelyn.  Six years ago, after

Mary Johnston, B.H.Sc., B.Ed., P.H.Ec.



Professionally, Mary was active in Hamilton Home Economics Association, Ottawa Home Economics Association and

Terry-Lynn Stone

President of the Board


When Terry-Lynn discovered how much girls were discriminated against because of their periods -- she was 

Louise Colonnier

Director and Country Coordinator

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Louise discovered Days for Girls at a booth at a craft show in Edmonton in 2014. She was immediately drawn

Maureen O’Donoghue

Secretary & Sewing Specialist


Maureen O’Donoghue joined the DfGCS Board as Secretary in March 2018. She recently retired from 40 years in Oil and Gas in 

Jillian Johnston

Director and Advocacy Coordinator


Jill’s passion for DfG began in 2013 when her daughter-in-law referred her to a magazine article about the organization.