Jill Mathez, Principal at Dakota Collegiate, has been recognized by the Winnipeg Free Press in honour of International Women's Day. Read the full article from the Winnipeg Free Press and check out our excerpt below from the article about Jill and her transition from a successful athlete to a professional role model as a school Principal in LRSD!
Jill Mathez hasn’t won any Olympic Medals, but she has won National Championships in Canadian University Basketball with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. And in Sr. Women’s Softball with Smitty’s Terminators. And like Susan Auch, she too has enjoyed success in her post-athletic career.
“As a teacher and as an administrator of course, we were bound by a collective bargaining agreement. But you know, I’d have to say I did have to advocate in a previous employment opportunity, where I did become an Administrator,” she said.
“But thankfully I was heard and there was recognition given in that regard. But I really believe we still have a ways to go. Hopefully folks like myself and an employer like Louis Riel School Division are kind of paving the road for all of those youngsters that we’re working with every day in our schools. And that doesn’t become a concern for them and there is some change.”
The first ever Female Inductee into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is now going into her eighth year as principal at Dakota Collegiate.
But as we know through the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements- there is a long way to go before there is a level playing field. Although both of these women agree- the country we live in has a distinct advantage.
...Mathez adds, “I hope every day when I’m at work that kids see me in my role and know that it is possible. No matter where you come from, what you look like, or what language you speak- if you live in Canada- the world is a pretty good place.”
Congratulations to Principal Mathez on this incredible recognition! We are proud to see you changing worlds for students every day at Dakota Collegiate.