International Women's Day 2021
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. The theme for 2021 in #ChoosetoChallenge.
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can create an inclusive and more gender-equal world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.
In Fort Saskatchewan, we are planning a week-long virtual celebration including stories from inspiring women, ways to network and engage with other local women, as well as an evening event on Friday, March 5, 2021 that will have impactful break-out sessions led by our Honouring Our Challenge speakers, and an inspiring keynote delivered by Kindred focusing on how to “flip the script” and invest in one another. Leading up to this incredible event will be a social media campaign designed to motivate, provoke reflection, and spark connections.
Registration and the Celebration:
Registration for this virtual event is now open, and tickets are only $10. VISIT HERE TO REGISTER!
If you are interested in a 2021 IWD Celebration Box containing products from local female-led businesses, you can also purchase one at that time! These boxes are only $35 and are valued at over $100! There are only 25 available, so they will go fast!
These Celebration Boxes will be available for delivering or pick up on March 5th before the keynote event and contain:
- Charcuterie Box from Royal Catering
- Succulent in a handmade concrete pot from Terra Currie Designs
- Tumbler & Rocks Daiquiri from The Fort Distillery
- Pink Champagne Cotton Candy from The Cotton Candy Shoppe
- Oracle Cards from Kindred Self-Care Community
- Journal from Chartwell Emerald Hills
- Crown For a Queen from Katalyst Coaching
Proudly sponsored by Nutrien
We are proud to announce Megan and Renee of Kindred as our 2021 Keynote Speakers.
The 2021 Keynote acknowledges that there is no choice to challenge; we must challenge the barriers before us. There is choice, however, in how we respond. One of the biggest challenges we often face, other than ourselves, is competition with each other. Holding ourselves back by holding back from others out of fear of other's greatness. We must invest in each other, support and encourage each other, so that we can all truly succeed TOGETHER.
Kindred's intention with the keynote is to help flip the script; to create trust and connection within members of our own community. The goal is to create further growth and support with each other.
About Kindred: Kindred achieves their results by focusing on our own definition of self-care and do this for others with 1-1 sessions, coaching, online courses and groups, workshops, speaking engagements, and our international retreats as well as our physical products.
Honouring our Challenge Speaker Series:
Proudly Sponsored by Dow Canada
- Gloria Brathwaite – Program Manager, Restorative Justice
- Gloria Brathwaite, Program Manager at Fort Saskatchewan Restorative Justice and Youth Justice Committee, Founder of Heart to Heart Healthy Living, is an advocate for providing holistic approaches to repairing harm and conflict, empowers women to pursue their purpose while nurturing each area of their lives, dedicated to supporting the community to bridge gaps with minorities, married to a supportive husband, and a proud mom of 2 amazing boys!
- Bonnie-Lynne Boehm – Principal, Elk Island Catholic Schools
- Bonnie-Lynne Boehm Listener, Learner, Leader, Principal, Elk Island Catholic Schools, B.Ed., MEd. Bonnie-Lynne lives and loves with the core belief that every human wants to be seen, loved and valued. She leans in with intentional space and grace to LISTEN to and honour peoples' stories. She creates safe spaces where people can LEARN about their strengths, gifts and needs. LEADING by example, she teaches people to embrace their barriers and use these as opportunities for growth and resiliency. This process and the essence of her existence is all grounded in a foundation of LOVE. She lives in this beautiful community of Fort Saskatchewan with her husband, Justin, and has two amazing and difference maker daughters!
- Cori Evans - Co-Owner, ANew Centre for Healing
- Cori Evans, Co-Owner of ANew Centre for Healing is an advocate for family healing. After realizing personal choices she was making were creating challenges in her life, she made a plan and turned from being a victim to a survivor and committed her life to helping others. Cori worked in Child Protection for 22 years and moved through the ranks of the front line to eventually become a manager of two offices for the Government of Alberta. Throughout her career, she focused on healing the whole family, and she dreamed of a place and a practice that kept children safe and did the necessary work without apprehending children, really focusing on keeping families safe and intact. Cori made the choice to retire and take her resources and experiences to start ANEW Centre for Healing with someone who has a history in government child protection. It was a dream with significant challenges, but that dream is finally being realized with Anew Centre for Healing, a place and practice focused primarily on avoiding family disruptions and allowing children and parents to heal together. Today, they serve children and young families 24-7 and work with building strength in all four quadrants of our participants' well-being.
- Catherine Costin, Alberta Operations Site Leader and Vice-President, Dow Canada
- Catherine Costin is the vice-president of Dow Canada and leads the company’s manufacturing operations in Alberta. She is passionate about leading people and believes in fostering an inclusive work culture where people feel confident about bringing their whole selves to work. In her role as site director, she is leads more than 1,400 employees and contractors. In her 20 years are Dow, she has learned that the most important aspect of leadership is being open to listening to diverse perspectives.
2021 Schedule of Events
March 5, 20217:00 pm – Welcome
7:15 pm - Breakout Sessions
7:45 pm – Keynote Speaker, Kindred
8:30 pm – Closing Remarks
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