To all those that helped with the very successful Sip 'N' Sing Iced Coffee House... THANK YOU! Attendance was great... support was fantastic... and performers were phenomenal! This was the third Sip 'N' Sing Coffee House organized by one of our local Liberal Commission Clubs in the last year and the most successful yet! We had a packed house (including many who were attending their first Liberal event), raised a substantial amount for the Margaret Campbell Fund (which will help support electing more female Liberal candidates in Ontario) and enjoyed and showcased some amazing talent! We had impressive local performers that included highland dancing, barbershop quartet, solo singers, wind instruments, acoustic guitar, indigenous folk music, Broadway musical numbers, along with some great jazz from Kitchener's Tim Louis (who was also supporting our event as the LPC(O) Southwest Region President).
Another great crowd at our July 8th breakfast social! Thank you to all who attended and a very special thanks to our guest speaker, Jeff Burnham, who gave a very informative talk on the need for greater support for libraries in Indigenous communities and the importance of supporting this cause.
Another fantastic turnout and great conversation at our latest monthly breakfast social on June 3rd. Thank you to all who came out and a very special thank you to our special guest speaker, Cheryl Moore, Executive Director of Stedman Community Hospice. Everyone greatly valued hearing about Cheryl's experiences and the extremely valuable work being done at the Hospice. We appreciate all who were able to make it while the Springtime in Paris festival was going on, where many of our volunteers were busy with our Commissions booth at the same time.
Our Commission Clubs were well represented at the 3rd Annual Equity in Politics Conference that took place Laurier Brantford on May 24th. The all-day conference was organized by a Committee of students and teachers at Brantford College Institute (BCI). Inspiring talks were given to local students by leaders such as Six Nations Chief Ava Hill and Cambridge MPP and Minister of Natural Resources Kathryn McGarry. It was great to have the speakers also interact with the students in attendance and those at the booth.
Another fantastic turnout for great conversation at our latest monthly breakfast social on May 6th. Thank you to all who came out and a very special thank you to our special guest speaker, Charlie Kopczyk, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Why Not City Missions and Why Not City Youth Centres. Everyone greatly valued hearing about the life-changing work that Charlie, his wife (and co-founder) Sue and many volunteers do with these organizations to help at-risk youth and the homeless in Brantford-Brant.
With the help of Club members and supporters as well as those in our community, we donated 37 homemade and store bought blankets on behalf of the Brantford-Brant Women's Liberal Club to Nova Vita, a local women's shelter. We even had a blanket come all the way from the west coast! Thank you to all who donated and thank you to our Executive Vice-President Heather MacDonald-Moore who led the drive!
A huge thank you to the panelists, organizers and over 75 attendees for making our discussion forum and social on Advancing Gender Equality a very positive memorable evening despite the heavy rain downpour that evening. The panelists (Ruby Sahota, Jennifer Canning, Karen George, Elizabeth Lorenzin, Danielle Takacs and Sandra Vos) shared informative, inspiring and moving stories based on their personal experiences.They offered advice and guidance to women and men to ensure advancement of gender equality. They answered a wide range of questions from the audience. Lin Fines did an amazing job as a moderator and sharing her own stories and knowledge about challenges women have faced, and continue to face, in politics and the workforce. More great discussions were had at the social that followed.
Thank you to the over 50 attendees who attended our latest monthly breakfast social! A great time was had by all and we were especially pleased to hear from our special guest Azra Alagic, Daughter of the Vote for Brantford-Brant, who shared her stories from the Daughters of the Vote Experience as our riding's representative in Ottawa. A special thank you to Azra for the fantastic talk and taking questions from our attendees.
On March 8, 2017, the Brantford-Brant Women's Liberal Club (BBWLC) hosted their first International Women's Day Celebration at Ben's Kitchen and Bar. The night was filled with inspiring stories and fantastic entertainment. The BBWLC would like to thank the strong women who told their stories, shared their experiences, and motivated us all. A special thanks to all who attended. We had a great crowd of over 65 people!