International Women’s Day

Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society will be hosting the annual fundraising event ‘Raising Our Voices, a Celebration of International Women’s Day through Song’ at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in Whistler on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The evening will feature an all-female lineup of more than 20 singers, songwriters and musicians, along with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Performances begin at 7:00 pm with tickets by donation at the door.

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Presented by WorkBC in partnership with Squamish Nation Employment & Training and Howe Sound Women’s Centre, Great.Full.Circle is a career panel event to connect, inspire, and celebrate women who are navigating the challenges and successes of business and work in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Five fantastic women from the community will share their stories in an intimate panel discussion in a relaxed setting with women just like you, sharing the struggles and successes of juggling work & family, or the new challenges of extended single life.

Join us on March 8 from 11:30-2:30 pm at Squamish Nation Totem Hall (1380 Stawamus Road) for a light lunch, inspiring speakers, and thought provoking discussion. This event is free and open to all.

Gwen Harry (Squamish Nation elder): Gwen Harry served on the Squamish Nation Chief and Council from 1986 to 1998, and since her retirement has remained active in community meetings, land code planning and is involved in the Alternative Justice System with other Elders from the community. In 2002, she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for exemplary service to her community. A mother of seven children and grandmother to 12 grandchildren, Gwen remains a mentor and role model to the many people she has helped, many of whom still call her “Ma” or “Chesha7”

Devan Williams (Client Intake Coordinator, Squamish Nation Employment & Training): Devan is a Squamish Nation member with Nuu-chah-nulth roots through her grandmother. Among her numerous career and volunteer experiences, Devan participated in the Eagle Dance Group at the 2010 Olympics, worked in youth work and banking, and has now come full circle to work with the Squamish Nation Employment & Training division. Devan describes herself as a glowing woman empowering the soul of her inner child to be truly happy, live freely and share it with the world!

Nicolette Richer (Business Owner, Green Mustache): After a decade of working as an environmental educator and health consultant, Nicolette entered the WorkBC Self Employment Program and started her own company. The Green Moustache organic juice + live food bar now has four locations in Whistler Village, Function Junction, Squamish, and West Vancouver. Nicolette is also an Orthomolecular Health Educator, Gerson Therapy Home Set Up Trainer, Psych-Kinaesthetic Facilitator and Speaker through her partner business, Richer Health. She lives with her husband and three children in Whistler, BC.

Josee Cox (Customer Service Agent Extraordinaire): In 2014 Josee suffered from a debilitating concussion which forced her to give up her beloved career in hairdressing. She entered the WorkBC Employment Program to find out what her options were and, with the help of her career counsellor, Josee identified areas of employment that would work well with her new physical limitations. She applied for and got the job as a Customer Service Agent at e-mediate Communications. Josee loves her job and recently wrote “My new job is a dream! I am so happy there and my colleagues are awesome. It really is like this job was made for me.”

Cara Barth (Business Owner, Galileo Coffee Company): Cara grew up in Edmonds, Washington, the youngest of six children. In 2005 she and her business partner moved to Squamish from Seattle to start their roastery Galileo Coffee Company. Cara enjoys conversation with people from all over the world, often on a myriad of subjects, and believes that coffee is the great equalizer. “Almost everyone can afford a cup of coffee, it’s a nice starting point.”


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