About Us

Mission Statement -- The mission of FSWO is to encourage, educate and empower women in the fire service in Ontario.

Vision -- Gender equity is the norm – not the exception.

Values -- We believe…

When each of us lives these values, we are deserving of trust and respect, fulfill our mission with integrity, and move closer to achieving our vision.

Board of Directors


FSWO welcomes volunteers to assist on our committees. Please see the descriptions of our committees below and contact us for further details.

FSWO Symposium and Education Committee – Assist in the planning of our yearly training symposium.

Education Committee - Assist in annual virtual and inperson education sessions. Chairperson: Lydia Wilcox

Membership Committee – Recognizing members, increasing member retention, tracking memberships and renewals, and attracting new members.

Communications Committee – Creating engaging social media content, e-newsletters, liaising with media organizations, and developing content for the FSWO website and Canadian Firefighter magazine. Chairperson: Kristy-Lynn Pankhurst

Toolkit Committee – Supporting the further use and development of our online guide to reduce barriers for women in the fire service. Chairperson: Lydia Wilcox

Fundraising Committee – Attracting donors and sponsors, applying for grants, and supporting the financial plan of FSWO. Contact: Susan Jones