In celebration of Black History Month, we are highlighting the impactful stories of Black Canadian women. Diversity is our strength. The efforts of Black Canadian women in our community, have helped shape the open and prosperous Hamilton that we enjoy today.
Black Canadian Women: Stories of strength, Courage & Vision
MEET BIBIANE MAHY
Bibiane Mahy is making change happen and saving the lives of Hamiltonians every day as a passionate hematology nurse at The Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton. She is a compassionate and hardworking nurse who always puts her patients first – all while paving the way for young women of colour after her to succeed in the healthcare sector.
Before answering her calling to become a nurse, she was a kinesiologist. After a few years of working, Bibiane found herself back in school and inspired to start her education and training to become a nurse. While studying at the University of Toronto and beginning her placements, Bibiane felt lucky to be mentored by women in her field. “My mentors were very compassionate strong women who inspired me to be the nurse I am today” describes Bibiane when talking about the importance of mentorship and strong leadership as a woman in science. Today, Bibiane makes an impact by being a mentor herself. She has the opportunity to mentor students and new hires, some of which are other young women of colour. She recounts that “there were many things I had to learn on my own in this field as a woman of colour, I want to teach other women of colour the lessons that I have learned.”
From a young age, Bibiane has been very aware of and experienced prejudice and racism. Now as an adult, when faced with adversity Bibiane responds by paying it forward and trying to always do her part in creating diverse and inclusive spaces. Bibiane believes that action is necessary to create change “in order to influence diversity we need to actually do the work. I am walking the walk and not just talking about it.” By walking the walk, she has spearheaded the development of groups at work with other women of all backgrounds, giving them a platform of support.
Bibiane’s story is one filled with ambition, success, and resilience. When reflecting on her career so far she reminds young women to “be mentally strong, do not internalize bad experiences – learn from them, form strong connections with others and always remind yourself that you are doing your best.”
Thank you Bibiane for sharing your story of strength, courage, and vision.