Young women take part in a workshop at the Siroptimist International of Victoria Westhore conference last year.(photo contributed)

Greater Victoria conference all about young women imagining possibilities

A wide range of workshops offered on empowerment

Rick Stiebel/News staff

Finding new paths for women facing adversity is at the heart of Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore’s priorities.

The Imagining Possibilities Conference underlines the possibilities that await, said Suzanne Heron, organizer of this year’s event. A chance encounter at the Women’s March in Victoria in January underscored for Heron the difference the conference can make. “A teenager I don’t know asked if I was at the conference last year,” recalled, Heron, an artist and owner of Blue Heron Art. “She said it was ‘so cool’ and she was looking forward to attending again and bringing her friends. That reinforced the importance of these conferences. It’s very gratifying to know that when you present opportunities, young women will grab them with everything they’ve got. Some of the things I’ve learned over the years is that there’s a million pathways out there that they may have never considered, and it is possible to go through difficult times and come out on the other side. Participants realize there’s a community of support from women who want to help them.”

The women who attend the event are provided with tools and resources to empower them through workshops that cover topics ranging from money management to personal growth. An essential part of the Imagining Possibilities Conference is the Live your Dreams show, an exhibition with more than 50 women who have forged successful careers despite facing a variety of obstacles. The keynote speaker, Susan Simmons, an ultra-marathon swimmer and an advocate for people living with multiple sclerosis, will share her story of determination and commitment to goals. The workshops include Discovering Your Dreams, Balancing Stress, Job Search & Boot Camp, The Three Strategies of Unstoppable Women, How to be a Dollar Diva, and Resilience: The Key to Success.

Another part of past events that resonates with Heron, who has been involved with SIVW for six years, is the reaction from the women who donate their time, energy and money to make the conference possible. “On the way out, they’re thanking us for the opportunity to talk and share their experiences with these young women.”

Imagining Possibilities takes place on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chiefs & Petty Officers Mess at 1575 Lyall Rd. in Esquimalt. It is open to young women between 15 and 24 years of age. Admission is free, and includes a choice of three workshops, lunch, the Live Your Dream Show and great “swag.”

Pre-registration is required at sivw.ca/dibi/ip/register/. SIVW has been offering programs to improve the lives of young women since 2010.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Oak Bay teen targets 1,000 toys

Toy drive for Stan Hagen Centre For Families is Dec. 15 and 16 on Oak Bay Avenue

Saanich residents deliver notice to Capital Regional District

Grange Road residents fear the loss of up to 50 trees

Victoria Police investigate stabbing in restaurant on Douglas Street

Police were called to the 800-block around 1:30 p.m.

‘Fix Canada First’ posters found at Victoria bus stops

At least five posters found along Douglas Street

Council approves plan banning cycling in Haro Woods

Municipality accused of caving to small minority of park users

WATCH: Hundreds of gifts go out to Victoria’s Our Place patrons

The Angel Gifts Program saw 700 Christmas presents go out to the community

POLL: Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

The rain Vancouver Island is famous for is coming down in buckets,… Continue reading

Vancouver Island man named Philadelphia Flyers assistant GM

Courtenay’s Brent Flahr spent nine-plus years in Minnesota

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Most Read