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Councillors Barbara Joe, Selina August & Alvina Paul: Strengthening the shíshálh Nation

Alvina Paul, Barbara Joe, and Selina August have been elected to the shíshálh Nation Council, 2020-2023 term. This new term sees the aforementioned women, along with Councillor Corey August and re-elected Chief Warren Paull, governing the shíshálh Nation’s economic, political, and cultural affairs. Both Paul and August are pleased to sit on Council again, while ... Read More »

RCMP Staff Sargeant Poppy Hallam: Leading the way for a safe Sunshine Coast

For Staff Sargeant Poppy Hallam, serving on the RCMP is nothing short of a life calling.  Her draw to serving in law enforcement began at the tender age of 14, growing up in the Comox Valley. When her boyfriend got an afterschool job cleaning out police cars, Hallam would tag along to help. It wasn’t ... Read More »

The Gibsons Fire Department celebrates International Women’s Day

To showcase and celebrate their female contingent, the Gibsons and District Volunteer Fire Department is holding an International Women’s Day Open House event on March 6th, from 3-6pm at their station. Currently, there are seven women serving as volunteer firefighters: four as full service volunteers and three are new recruits. Open House organizer and firefighter ... Read More »

Sechelt Councillor Janice Kuester: Working to improve Coast life for all

Janice Kuester is a busy woman. She juggles her position as a Sechelt Councillor with her family life, a career managing at Custom Flooring Centres, and volunteering with several community initiatives. Kuester has lived in Sechelt since 1996 and finds it has much to offer. Although she loves her community, she hadn’t considered running for ... Read More »

April ‘Ria’ Qureshi-Davidson: Helping others find balance in their lives

‘Coach Ria’ is a new service that entrepreneur and personal growth advocate April ‘Ria’ Qureshi-Davidson has developed to help others find balance in their lives. When asked how having a coach can benefit a busy person, she put it like this: “Where coaches come in is to develop an individual’s clarity and focus. I work ... Read More »

Denise Henshaw: Giving back and making a difference

Denise Henshaw’s personal experience with her aging mother was the motiving factor in her decision to start her Sunshine Coast’s Nurse Next Door franchise.  The two lived in separate provinces.   Denise was in a demanding career. She could not visit her Mom as often as she wanted to or assist her with the tasks ... Read More »

Lori Pratt and Darnelda Siegers: Working on initiatives to benefit women & families

                        When asked about the theme of 2019 International Womens’ Day, SCRD Chairperson and Area B representative, Lori Pratt remarked that achieving balance implies all things are equal. “We all assess our family, work and passions to different levels of priority. Those are apt ... Read More »

Pratt and Siegers: Supporting and empowering women leaders

On March 3, Lori Pratt, School District #46 Board Chair, and I, Darnelda Siegers, District of Sechelt Councillor, are hosting a Women’s Campaign School.  With the information and sessions presented, we are looking to demystify the election process so women who may be interested, will step into leadership roles in politics and potentially run for ... Read More »

Gender diversity: story behind the stats

Want to inspire others toward gender diversity in your workplace? Find the story behind the stats. In making the case for incorporating gender diversity (or any diversity) into a workplace we can draw on a multitude of studies, statistic, reports, data and information all telling us how our workplaces and our communities thrive when they ... Read More »

Women in Focus: Dr. Shannon McLean – Harness your passion

As women we often underestimate our potential.  We have enough skills, experience and intelligence to make important contributions to our local communities and to the world at large.  The thing is to consider the possibilities. Dare to dream. And then to realize the dream by becoming aware of our potential and the potential of like-minded ... Read More »

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