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Founder of Bad Girls Col­lec­tive Toronto

Canadian Running - - DEPARTMENTS - By Caela Fen­ton

When a grade seven stu­dent breaks the grade nine school record in the 1,500m, peo­ple take no­tice. Thus be­gan Kara Lynne Wark’s ca­reer in run­ning. A stand­out ath­lete through­out high school, Wark went on to com­pete for West­ern University in Lon­don, Ont.

Five years ago, Wark and a group of friends de­cided to start a book club to en­cour­age each other to read more. They soon had over 30 mem­bers and started say­ing no to new­com­ers, so Wark dreamed up the idea of a col­lec­tive of book clubs through­out Toronto that would meet up to­gether.

“The U.S. elec­tion was go­ing on dur­ing this ideation pe­riod of mine, which re­ally put women’s rights at the fore­front,” Wark says.

The Bad Girls Col­lec­tive launched on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, gar­ner­ing over 1,000 fol­low­ers in its first three weeks. Now in its sec­ond year, the col­lec­tive pro­vides space for women from dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries and cor­ners of the city to meet up to talk books and net­work.

“It’s about get­ting women to con­nect who wouldn’t nor­mally meet each other,” Wark says. “Ev­ery meet­ing ex­pands the girl gang. Af­ter the night’s over, it feels like you have an emo­tional hang­over from get­ting to meet like-minded women.”

Given Wark ’s back­ground i n run­ning, ex­pand­ing the Bad Girls Col­lec­tive to in­clude a weekly run seemed like the nat­u­ral thing to do.

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