Who are the women in your life that inspire you? Are they people who reflect female and male qualities? Are you inspired by them because they reflect gender neutrality? Are you inspired by their ability to cross stereotypical boundaries?
Shortly after moving to Comox, I met such an inspiring woman, Max. Her warm friendly energy immediately captivated me. In no time, we were sharing our personal stories. I quickly learned and was mesmerized by this very strong and humble woman who defies gender boundaries.
Max is the second daughter of a World War II Canadian soldier and British war bride. The Reid family were farmers in Saskatchewan. Growing up, her parents set a strong leadership example, fostering grit, resilience, independence and optimism with their three children. At a young age, she learned to contribute to the farm and be independent. In her early twenties, she married her high school sweetheart, had three children while learning how to co-manage a large farm. During this time, she tended to traditional motherly duties, while also engaging in heavy-duty farming such as planting, harvesting, animal care and driving tractors and combines. Even with this exceptionally demanding work-home life, she was able to engage in competitive curling.