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Doina  Oncel  - hEr_VOLUTION. Toronto , ON, CA

Doina Oncel Doina  Oncel

Founder | hEr_VOLUTION

Toronto , ON, CANADA

Advocate for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

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I am the Founder of hEr VOLUTION, a registered non-profit organization focusing on creating opportunities for girls and young women in S.T.E.M. My past experiences of a new immigrant, youth at risk, low income, and past domestic violence has led me to become the voice for women and young girls who are in similar situations today. My educational background with a AWCCA diploma from George Brown College, has been the driving force behind my passion for eliminating violence against women, and my involvement in creating opportunities for girls and young women in Canada. I believe that by sharing my story it will help other women see that they are not alone while hoping to encourage them to speak up too. Furthermore, I strongly believe that education and employment is key to empowerment of all women, hence why I have dedicated my life to create opportunities for women in S.T.E.M.

I feel passionate about women’s issues and I strongly believe that when women do not have equal opportunities in the work force of any industry is a human right issue that needs to be addressed. Not only as professional experience but on a personal level as well, I feel that I have a great understanding of what it is like to be an immigrant woman, youth at risk, survivor of domestic violence while learning how to successfully integrate into the work force. Although challenging, I managed to create a work life that helped me become independent while focusing on my success being that of supporting other women. I managed to utilize all people around me who saw my potential and although I looked to find women role models, it was not easy. In the last few years the main focus of my business has centered around using social technology and social media for small businesses and nonprofits. Here is where I came to the realization that women are misrepresented in this industry. After further research I became conscious that something needed to be done to make sure that women and girls will have a fair advantage in the STEM industry, hence the birth of hEr VOLUTION.

I contribute to Huffington Post sharing information on my research concerning issues regarding women in STEM. Furthermore, I speak on a variety of issues relating to women's rights, including access or lack thereof to women in STEM education and employment in Canada.

Industry Expertise (5)

Women Corporate Training Education/Learning Non-Profit/Charitable Media - Online

Areas of Expertise (5)

Nonprofit Management Women in STEM Women & Leadership Women & Nonprofit Women work and welfare

Accomplishments (3)

WIBN #SocialforGood Award Semi Finalist (professional)

2015-05-21

Social For Good Award was designed to recognize businesses which have a social focus. Honoured to have been nominated for my work at hEr VOLUTION.

Honoured Resilience and Overcoming Challenges of Lived Experiences (personal)

2016-05-20

Up With Women organization has selected me and other amazing women to be Honoured by the Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, Deb Matthews for my resilience to overcome challenges through lived experiences while working on growing a successful business/organization empowering young women in Canada.

RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards , Social Change Award Nomination (professional)

2016-07-04

The RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful in this inspiring group. Now in its 24th year, over 135 women have been recognized for demonstrating excellence-from economic growth to social change, from local to global reach, across multiple sectors.

Education (2)

George Brown College: Written Business Communications 2010

Furthering my knowledge of language structure, and refined my ability to create various types of memos, e-mails and letters. Then focus on new skills such as writing resumés and preparing proposals and long reports.

George Brown College: Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor Advocate, Social Work 2008

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor / Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to violence against women and children. It trains students to be agents for change in their work of community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide counselling and advocacy for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence. Fieldwork is a major component of the program. Students may be eligible to do part of their fieldwork in international placements.

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  • English
  • Romanian
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