After my happy and always-hungry son was born in July 2022, I returned to Calgary on my parental leave and found myself lacking a support network as a new mom with continued ambitions to succeed in law. While there are numerous “mom’s groups” in Calgary, none are targeted towards lawyers. Practicing law generally comes with high and intense work expectations, and lawyers are in the unique position to understand and provide support to each other.
To fill this gap, I started Returnity YYC. This 6-month pilot program was designed for lawyers in Calgary on parental leave to support them in what can be a challenging time as they welcome a baby into their family, and eventually return to work.
It's been a massive success! Our second cohort running from September 2023 - May 2024 has 35 lawyers (and counting) from various law firms, companies and other organizations. All lawyers in Calgary on/about to go on parental leave (maternity, paternity or adoption leave) are welcome.
If you are/you know a lawyer in YYC who is parental leave/expecting to go on parental leave, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in starting Returnity in another city, we would also love to hear from you.
A peek at what we've been up to this year!