Women's History Month Profile on Norah Jackson
Words by: Katie Ferraro Norah Jackson is passionate about helping people. She and her husband, Ted Hunter, combined their skills in graphic design and education to co-found Roarockit Skateboard Company in Toronto, ON, Canada. With the emphasis on education, Roarockit was able to create a do-it-yourself skateboard kit, using Thin Air Press technology that allows everyone from beginner to pro, build their very own skateboard (or longboard) deck. During our year 1 program, our students are able to build their own deck thanks to Norah and Roarockit.
We are grateful for Norah and her concept of project-based learning that we were able to incorporate into our STOKED After School programs. She is one of the fearless women we are proud to feature for Women’s History Month.
If you could pick 1 thing that you would be remembered for, what would it be?
I would want people to remember me as someone who was given a wealth of talents and that I managed to use them to the best of my abilities.
One piece of life advice for young people?
My favorite piece of advice is that whatever you are doing, do your absolute best!
Especially in the working world, doing the best job you possibly can pays back dividends in many ways. Repetitive jobs like stocking shelves or sweeping floors may not be glamorous but can teach you discipline. Having to deal with difficult bosses, co-workers or doing menial labor jobs can teach you patience and tolerance. Work hard and others will notice, but best of all, it will raise your self-esteem and boost your confidence.
What don't people know about you? What's your secret talent?
I don’t tell many people that I love to sketch and draw and I think I’m pretty good at it too! I draw for my own satisfaction; I don’t post my drawings on social media or even hang them in my house. I work in charcoal and pencil, on large sheets of paper, working from life drawing models and I love it!
If you given an award what song would you walk out to?
My award song would have to be “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, sung by the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. It’s a wonderful mix of visions of Hawaii, a beautiful voice with hopeful lyrics, as sometimes, dreams really do come true!
Who's your She-ro?
Aside from my mom of course, I think the actress Helen Mirren is pretty cool. I’m still a little younger than she is and I admire how she (seems to) keep true to her natural looks, is intelligent, works hard and brings roles to the screen of tough, but fair women. She’s pretty bad-ass to me.