YWiB UBC International Women's Day returns to Vancouver Art Gallery

Mar 2 2019, 7:19 am

An annual International Women’s Day celebration presented by Young Women in Business UBC returns to the Vancouver Art Gallery this month.

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Taking place on March 8, the theme of this year’s event is “when she wins, you win.”

Last year, the event hosted over 200 students and professionals to connect, inspire, and empower women from a range of profession backgrounds. In addition to supporting local businesses and strengthening the community, the event raised money for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, and was one of the largest International Women’s Day celebrations that the University of British Columbia has ever held.

According to event organizers, it was the immensely positive feedback they received from that event, as well as the “clear need for a prominent International Women’s Day event in Vancouver,” that “our club to pursue higher aspirations to increase the scale and quality of our 2019 IWD Celebration.”

This year’s event will be “focused on connecting the community through this event to promote the importance of collaboration over competition – stressing that we are all stronger when we work together,” organizers added.

This year’s event will feature keynote speakers, includingTaylor Aller, Co-Founder of the Relationship Project, Mrs. BC 2018 & Miss Congeniality 2018, and Christine Bergeron, Vancity Senior Vice President of Member Experience and Community Engagement.

There will also be a presentation from EY, Vancity Chat Corner, open exhibit, silent auction, photo booth, food, beverages, and more.

“I am so proud of my team for all their hard work in making this event the largest International Women’s Day event at UBC, and possibly in Vancouver as well,” said Samyta Rai YWiB UBC. “We have engaged many local businesses and business leaders that I am so excited for all attendees to hear from.”

All proceeds from the silent auction will go towards Big Sisters, which is an organization that strives to provide effective mentorship to female, transgender, and non-binary youth from ages 7 to 17 who could benefit from the support and friendship of a mentor.

Tickets for the event are $25, and those interested in attending are advised to purchase theirs as soon as possible. Purchase includes access to see the VAG’s new exhibit.

Young Women in Business UBC International Women’s Day

When: March 8

Time: 7 pm to 10 pm (registration begins at 6:30 pm)

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery

Tickets $25, available online

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