Danielle Strickland is a Salvation Army officer in Edmonton, Canada, and is a speaker, advocate, writer, church-planter, wife, mother and friend of God.
'I've had the privilege of being surrounded by some amazingly strong, able Christian women in my life. I was saved through the actions of a Salvation Army officer woman, Lt. Col. Joyce Ellery, who made her life about the 'least of these' and I was one of them.
I was discipled by and through reading the life story of some remarkable women of God - Jackie Pullinger, Corrie Ten Boom, Catherine Booth etc.
When I started to follow Jesus into full-time vocational service through local work and speaking I had several woman who really changed my paradigm on women in leadership. Patricia King was a mentor and friend who encouraged me by example and opportunity to go full out for God no matter what: to challenge the expectations of normal and reach for God's Kingdom. She was a married woman who didn't have any issues with being the one given leadership and public gifts.
Stacey Campbell was the first woman I ever met with four small kids who travelled around the world as an itinerant speaker - in partnership with her husband. Up until that time in my life I had thought that family life was only for those called to 'stay'.
I spent several months with an incredible woman leader Commissioner Ingrid Lindberg - who convinced me that the best leadership secret was staying in an intimate relationship with Jesus!
General Eva Burrows was a cheerleader for me as a young emerging leader in The Salvation Army and in her retirement was kind enough to meet with me monthly for accountability and mentoring - her wisdom and anointing is extraordinary and she has given me so much godly perspective. I really feel like it's just the beginning of the list - because everyday I meet woman who mentor and empower me in different ways. Motherhood, relationships, surrender, prayer, community - there are countless people who continue to influence me. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude for the amazing women who have helped empower and still inspire me.'