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Weekend of Entertainment, Workshops, Recognition and Celebration

International Women’s Day March 8, 2014


For over one hundred years, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been a day of celebration and recognition to mark exceptional achievements of women and to build on inequities still to be addressed.  This year SWOVA, IWAV, Victim Services – with the generous support of the Harbour House Hotel – have teamed up to present a weekend of exciting events for all members of our community in honour of the exceptional contributions women make to life in the Southern Gulf Islands.

Weekend activities kick off Friday evening with the annual Sparkfest Evening of Entertainment.  Saturday will include a full day of Inspiring and Energizing Workshops and skill training sessions.  Saturday evening will culminate with a fabulous dinner and recognition ceremony hosted by Elizabeth May.

Members of the public have nominated over twenty women from the Southern Gulf Islands for their ‘change making’ contributions to our communities.  We will honour these women’s achievements from all aspects of community life including; environmental, political, social, science, the arts, education and economic.  Elizabeth May will present awards for these “Community Change Makers” at “An Evening of Celebration & Inspiration” at the Harbour House Hotel and Organic Farm on 8th March.

Friday 7th March, 7:30pm –   SparkFest   ($20 or $25 at the door)
Saturday 8th March, 9am -5pm  –  Workshops  ($10 for the whole day, $5 for youth)
Saturday 8th March, 5:00 pm –  Social & Cash Bar
6:30 pm    –    Dinner    ($35 or $250 for a table of 8, youth, $30.00)

Tickets are available from:  SWOVA, 344 Lower Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island. BC, V8K 2V3

For more information please contact SWOVA    e-mail:   Phone: 250-537-1336


All events will take place at the Harbour House Hotel and Organic Farm,

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121 Upper Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island,
who have made the event possible through their generosity.

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Nominate a Change Maker for International Women’s Day 2014


We will be honouring Gulf Island Women’s achievements both past and present from all aspects of community life; environmental, political, social, science, the arts, education, and business.


Change makers will be honoured at a ceremony hosted by Elizabeth May at the Harbour House Hotel during the IWD celebrations on March 8, 2014


Tell us in 450 words or less why your nominee deserves to be recognized.  Please specify youth (19 or under) or adult (20 and older). Send your entry via e-mail: or snail mail: SWOVA, 344 Lower Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V3

5pm  JANUARY 23rd, 2014

or call 250-537-1336





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