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Why The Way We Think About Limitations Is Wrong

Shelli Varela, Capt with Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services, disucsses how our perception of our limitations impacts our true potential. 


FSWO Conference 2016 - Save the Date

Save the Date! Fire Service Women Ontario Annual Conference will be held November 11 - 13, at Southwest Fire Academy and Training Division Fire Academy.


Brenda Seymour Gets Apology from Spaniard's Bay Council

The Town of Spaniard's Bay has issued a formal apology to volunteer firefighter and town councillor Brenda Seymour, the woman at the centre of a scandal involving the all-volunteer fire brigade. 


Fire Service Women Ontario 2015 Awards

The Board of Directors of Fire Service Women Ontario introduced several new Annual awards that were presented at the 2015 Conference in Mississauga, ON.


Thank you!! FSWO 2015 Conference

The Board of Directors of Fire Service Women Ontario would like to take this time to offer our sincerest appreciation... 


  • Toronto Fire Services
  • Toronto, ON

Louise Chen

Louise is a 3rd class firefighter with Toronto Fire Services, beginning her career on March 11, 2013. She is a self-professed fitness junkie as well as a psychology major and says that the combination of these two interests drive her to push herself to new physical and mental limits. She enjoys engaging in progressively more difficult challenges to better her personal and professional life. 


  • Vaughan Fire & Rescue Services
  • Vaughan, ON

Esther Lakatos

Esther began her career as a suppression firefighter with Vaughan Fire & Rescue Services in April of 1997. She was promoted to Captain in 2011 and is currently working at Fire Station 71 with an Engine (Pump truck) and 105' Ladder. 


  • South Glengarry Fire Department
  • Martintown, ON

Jennifer Gareau

Jennifer was first interested in the Fire Service in high school, because she knew it would involve her physical strengths, her adventurous spirit and her desire to help others. She did not know any firefighters at the time, let alone women in the Fire Service to speak to for advice and was encouraged to pursue her academic studies - "No education is a waste," her mother tells her now. 


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