Cynthia Ramanand wanted to change her life.

When she moved to Airdrie in September 2021, she was determined to shed her previous life as an introvert living in Toronto and connect with her new community.

After attending just three meetings, Ramamand became co-director of networking group Wine, Women & Well-Being Airdrie.

Ramanand also launched Movies for Mommies at SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas. It’s a safe place for those with children to get out of the house and watch a movie in a baby-friendly environment.

“I spent the last few years in isolation, trapped in a two-bedroom condo with two babies, not seeing anybody, not allowed to go anywhere with all the lockdowns,” Ramanand says.

“I said to myself, ‘I am going to come here and have this fresh start’. It’s been life changing. I feel a sense of purpose I haven’t felt before.”

Nominator Sean Ramanand says his wife Cynthia’s accomplishments have been inspiring.

“She has shown that you can accomplish so much in such a short period of time as a newcomer,” Sean says. “Her determination and focus has brought her success in the past year and she is passionate about bringing other women together to network and build connections in the community.”