International Women's Day 2022

As International Women’s Day approaches,
we at Women of Change are reminded of the events happening in Ukraine.
Many of us have family/friend connections to Ukranians living in Europe and here in Canada.
Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.  

As it is Women’s History month, Women of Change is celebrating the achievements of women,
past and present throughout the month of March.

We recognize the dedication and the important contributions and roles women have played
throughout history, in achieving gender equality.

As well, we continue to support the women who currently continue to work hard
at ensuring that women can continue to live within a diverse world that is equitable,
inclusive and free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

a Gender Equal World

This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias and with it comes a strong message.Watch the video and share it with your sisters, daughters, mothers friends and family, so that everyone can forge ahead and be the change you want to see.

"Break the Bias"  by spoken word poet Anisa Nandaula

This year we are saddened to say that we will not be celebrating together with you
on March 8th in our usual manner.

Please visit links below: 
Gender Equality: Here's the Reality
Canadian Women's Foundation

International Women's Day 2022: Valiant New England IPA Beer Launch!
The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies

Help Us Help

We are reminded that as Putin invades Ukraine, many women are standing up against the invasion and have chosen to fight along with their men.
Below is a list of links that will provide you with information on how to support Ukranians during these unprecedented times.

As always, we wish you Peace and a Happy International Women's Day 2022.

Pamela, Karin, Lynn and Toni


International Women's Day 2020

Rejuvenate your Soul with Women of Change celebrating Women’s Health and Well-being
on International Women’s Day, Sunday March 8, 2020. 

Rejuvenate your Soul


Celebrate Women's Health & Well-being

Rejuvenate your Soul with Women of Change celebrating Women’s Health and Well-being
on International Women’s Day, Sunday March 8, 2020. 

Enjoy a night of comedy, motivational speakers, dinner, and a pop-up market
featuring local artisans and entrepreneurs.
This spirited event is being held at the beautiful Balmy Beach Club
on Toronto's waterfront in support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Pop-up Market
Starts at  4:00 pm
Back by popular demand!
Our Pop-up market featuring local artisans and entrepreneurs.
Dinner starts at 5:20pm
& Comedy at 9:05 pm
Laughs provided by Erin Keany and dinner provided by Fuel Catering. Salivating menu details to come.
Meet Awesome Women
Meet like minded women!
Celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship,
health and well-being.
Make a Difference
Thanks to you, we raised $2,000 for the Canadian Women's Foundation at our 2019 event "Night of Inspiration".

Topics & Optics!

What speaks to our souls? To feel strong, to be better and yet, better again?
Is it to be motivated and inspired by women and to impact positive changes in others?
Join us on March 8th for rejuvenating dialogue!

What feels better than a good laugh at life and ourselves! Welcome Erin Keaney
Longevity in fashion
What does it take for a woman entrepreneur to navigate 42 years of business in the industry of fashion? 
The cannabis industry
So many questions abound about how health and the cannabis industry connect. Who but Irie Selkirk, CCO for SheCann Cannabis to guide us through the haze, we mean the maze of information about cannabis and health. 
Building self-esteem through
literature for youth
Youth literature can initiate dialogue with all children about those special qualities that make them awesome, from the inside out! Well-being from the grassroots level.
Mother Nature
Can Mother Nature teach us how to be more resilient, innovative and lead to greater well-being? Check in with Lisa Gervais, the Founder of Redwing Institute, and find out.

What is brewing, ladies?
Who better to answer that question than Jaime Dobbs – Host of North America's largest All Ladies Beer Festivals and more in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.
Erica Campbell, her business partner will be offering testers.

Financial health
As the saying goes "Money doesn't buy happiness", however it might help! Tamar Ribashvily from RBC to speak to your financial health.
Confidence & Leadership
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. By supporting community programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.

Canadian Women's Foundation

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.

Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. With the support of donors, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million and funded over 1,950 programs across the country. These programs focus on addressing the root causes of the most critical issues, and helping women and girls who face the greatest barriers.  

The Canadian Women’s Foundation aims to be inclusive of diverse people across gender and sexuality spectrums. We focus our efforts on supporting those who face the most barriers and have least access to relevant services. This includes people who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and 2SLGBTQI+.

To learn more, visit

You don’t believe in taking a Band-Aid approach to solving problems and neither do we. That’s why the Canadian Women’s Foundation focuses on the most critical challenges facing women and girls, and invests in the most effective solutions for long-term change.

With your support, we approach holistically—from women and girls in communities across the country right up to the federal government level. It takes strong community organizations and dedicated service providers to deliver programs that change lives. Yet, these organizations often operate on shoestring budgets with few resources.

With your support, the Canadian Women’s Foundation provides organizations with one to five years of funding, which helps to retain staff, evaluate programs, and improve long-term outcomes.We also bring grantee organizations and sector experts together to network, discuss emerging issues, coordinate services, and work together toward long-term solutions.

JOIN THE TIRELESS. The road to gender equality has been long, but every step forward comes from the tireless efforts of supporters like you. Together, The Tireless will achieve gender equality. And we won’t rest until all of Canada is with us. Donate now at


A little bit about our Event Speakers

Erin Keaney is more than a one woman comedy show, she is a talented actor and singer who has played in leading roles all over the world. As a graduate from Sheridan College’s musical theatre program, her hilarious quick wit landed her roles in hit award winning shows such as Crazy For You, I love you You’re Perfect Now Change, and the original U.S. tour of Rent. 
Erin’s exceptional talent as a quirky performance artist, earned her glowing reviews from critics across the United States and in Toronto, playing for sold out audiences. Erin co-wrote the play, Death of a Salesgirl which was picked up by CBC and turned into a one hour special To Die 4, which nominated her for Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Writing.
Nowadays, Erin continues to write stand-up comedy for her own one women shows, as well as continues to participate in fund-raising galas. She has made recent appearances on CTV and the Comedy Network’s, Comedy Inc; Lifetime Network’s 1-800 Missing starring Vivica A. Fox and plays on YTV’s animated series, Grossology.
Erin Keany
Erin Keany on Facebook
As the owner of Posh Boutique, Aileen Selkirk has been an entrepreneur in the beach community for over 42 years. Along the way, she has maintained her love of fashion and has always been conscious of the global impact of the goods being brought into her boutique.
Aileen has mentored and affected the lives of many women living in the east end of Toronto, in her role as business owner, employer, friend, role model, as well as being a Mother, Step-Mother, Grandmother, Wife and Sister.
Aileen’s passions are travelling to new places, experiencing art and architecture, while searching for beautiful textiles, clothing and accessories.
Aileen’s love of classic rock and Motown music is well known;  and while listening, she has been seen dancing around the living room in wild abandonment. Aileen loves finding warm places to swim, to practice yoga, and just being in the moment.
Aileen Selkirk
Irie is the Co-founder and Director of Rise Wellness Retreat and is the CCO for SheCann Cannabis. Irie began her work as a patient advocate and a health care professional educator in natural & plant medicines. She has worked with Emblem Cannabis, GrowWise Health, Fire & Flower, Tokyo Smoke, Van der Pop, and many other cannabis brands over the years. Irie also sits on the advisory board for Ministry and Niche, and consults with international cannabis stakeholders and psychedelic medicine interest groups.
When she’s not in the boardroom or working with people, Irie speaks both her mind and her heart at educational panels and healthcare conferences across the globe. She also holds workshops and seminars for consumers, patients and industry leaders in her effort to make the world a better place.
Irie believes that thoughtful plant medicine consumption and mindfulness can infuse a sense of purpose and wonder into our modern lives; thus improving our days and connecting and connecting us with ourselves, and those around us, in a meaningful way.
Irie Selkirk
Since 2013 Jamie Dobbs and her partner Erica Campbell, along with a few of their friends working in the industry and other beer-loving ladies, came together to create a secret society to meet, chat, trade beers, connect and make new friends.  
Welcome to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies!
After the success of their first event ‘Bevvy0001’ in 2014, SOBDL knew they were onto something, when a huge turn-out of women came to celebrate. It was at this point that they both realized that SOBDL events were never going to be small. Subsequently, ‘bevvies’ began to happen on the last Friday of every month and in a secret location, which was to be revealed 2 days prior to the event.
Presently, SOBDL has emerged into more than just a safe and welcoming, inclusive space, that celebrates a diverse cross-section of women-identified folk. It has, after 5 years, thrown over 50 events, and raised over $45,000 for The Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Jaime Dobbs
Society of Beer Drinking Ladies
Lisa Gervais is the Founder & Chief Experience Officer, Redwing Institute. Lisa believes that the best learning environment is outdoors and the greatest teacher is Mother Nature.
Since 2014 she has established an award-winning experiential learning institute based in the City of Toronto called Redwing Institute. Lisa and her team work with corporate clients who are leaders in their field, Canada's most distinguished private schools and knowledge-seekers from around the corner and around the world.
Redwing Institute offers fully-experiential programs that teach science-based skills that cultivate individual and team strengths, creativity and innovative thinking, mindfulness, employee and student engagement, enhance communication, emotional intelligence and much more.
Lisa Gervais
As a criminal lawyer and mother to young girls, Margot realized early on that there was an obvious link between damaged self-worth, bullying, mental health and a troubled future. Understanding this connection, she knew that this was her call to action.
Since 2014, Margot has been invited to speak in over 100 Canadian and American classrooms. Throughout, she has met thousands of children and has engaged in conversations about what the definition of beauty is. Specifically, a definition that is inclusive and empowering to everyone.
There were also further discussions around the influence of social media on today’s youth and how the negative impact can be damaging to one’s self-image. As well, and just as important, how developing character traits such as being kind, strong, inclusive and unique from the inside-out, are the framework for building confidence and positive mental health and well-being. 
After publishing her first book, “Mommy, am I pretty?” Margot recognized the need to write a second book that would reach both boys and girls. She felt that there needed to be further dialogue about how to develop character and resilience, to follow your dreams and, passions, and to understand that true beauty and strength come from within.  And so, with this in mind, “Awesome, Inside + Out!” a collaborative effort, with the distinguished Toronto pediatrician Dr. David Maresk, the book was published.
Margot Denomme
Awesome Inside + Out!
As an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, Tamar provides access to a comprehensive range of services to help you build and protect your wealth.
A graduate of the world's renowned universities, Tamar obtained an MBA and two other Masters degrees. As a believer of the continued education, Tamar took industry relevant courses of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Tamar harnesses her expert knowledge, and over 15 years of working experience – 6 out of which is in finance, including previous position as an equityanalyst in a Canadian Investment Fund, to develop comprehensive wealth management solutions for her clients.
Tamar’s breadth of experience, expertise and credentials help ensure sound advice, expert execution and peace of mind for clients who need solutions for broad and complex wealth management needs.
Tamar works predominantly with women and their families by putting together comprehensive financial plans and sophisticated investment portfolios that protect and grow their wealth.
She helps her clients navigate the complexities and day-to-day details of wealth management, so they can focus on enjoying it, not managing it.
Tamar Ribashvily
Tamar's Blog - RBC Wealth Management
Senior Director in Community Initiatives at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Ann Decter’s long career as an advocate, researcher, writer and publisher has focused on advancing women’s equality through an anti-racist, intersectional feminism. Her contributions include leading the recent Gender Equality Network Canada project, and Homes for Women, an advocacy campaign that led to a commitment of 25% of Canada’s National Housing Strategy to programs and services for women and girls in 2017.
She is the author of four books and has deep roots in feminist publishing.
Ann Decter
Canadian Women's Foundation

Join us in our celebration of International Women's Day with awesome women at the beautiful Balmy Beach Club on Toronto's waterfront.

The Balmy Beach Club, 360 Lake Front, Toronto, ON M4E 1A7

You will find further information about our Women's Day event on Facebook.

 Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite $70 for adults, $50 for students and VIP Tables seating 8 for $460.   
Find us on Eventbrite and Facebook!