Lynette Bartlett has made it her mission to encourage women to see for themselves how special, heard and seen they are.

It’s why Bartlett began teaching trauma-sensitive yoga classes in Airdrie years ago. 

“Bit by bit after encouraging women, soon they start to believe it. They become this version of themselves that perhaps they had never been and once they do they become true to themselves,” says Bartlett. 

“It is such a pleasure to see that change and that revelation. When they become that person it is like you are meeting them for the first time as their true selves and it is really wonderful.”

In late 2021, Bartlett shaved her head to raise money for a friend’s daughter diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. She ended up raising more than $8,000 for the then three-year-old and her family. 

Nominator Deanna Vezina says Bartlett has a huge heart for giving back.

“Lynette is one of the most inspirational women I know.… She has provided wonderful opportunities for these women to grow and be the best versions of themselves all while continuing to do the same for herself.”