Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Women's Fair a sold out success

Red Hat Society members brighten the proceedings.
T. Lucas photos

Toni Lucas

The 2015 Women's Fair hosted by the Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Council was held in St. Michael's School on Saturday, April 18 and was filled to capacity, with over 160 attendees according to organizer and Emcee Monica Sczryba-Davis.  She thanked the many volunteers, attendees, presenters, sponsors, and everyone that helped to make the day a huge success.  "Of course anytime during the day if you should need some assistance, please ask one of our lovely volunteers, they are all wearing these pretty pink scarves," Sczryba-Davis said.

MC Monica Sczryba-Davis
There were an additional 20 plus attendees that were at the Children's World child care centre upstairs and had a ton of their own fun.  Participants enjoyed a day of learning, fun, shopping, and food.  The lunch was punctuated by a fashion show put on by InStyle Salon.  Sara Lyn Mackenzie and Nicole Packham were nominated and chosen to receive the InStyle Ultimate You package.

Room for the children
"We invited the community to nominate 2 deserving ladies in our community for the 'Ultimate You' package and in recognition for their care, dedication and kindness towards their family and friends," explained Sczryba-Davis.  Both women featured a prominent part of the fashion show.

Dominick Lillie takes the time to smell the flowers
The gymnasium was lined with over 40 vendors and during the day there were two times that attendees could go to one hour long breakout sessions that were included in the ticket price.  There were door prizes, gifts and an inspirational speech by Olympian Beckie Scott. This was a day where women got to learn, visit with close and newly made friends, and really think about the theme of the day - 'Reaching your potential'.

Lynne Teneycke and Jacqui Bennett Bruns were both recipients of the Rose Johnson Inspiring Women Award, met with great applause.

Breakout sessions included:

  • Importance of Play / Saying No to Children in a Yes Culture by La Vonne Rideout, Parent Link
  • Plot Your Course put on by Alberta Works
  • Style Workshop instructed by Erin Hall- Fashion Design and Sustainable Production, Lethbridge College
  • Nia (Movement Medicine) / Meditation presented by Lise Schulze Black Belt Nia Instructor
  • Sharing Your Gifts in the Kitchen
  • Janet Casey, Corner Mountain Inn
  • One-on-One Computer Help, Yes Please! Shannon Jackson
  • Financials for Home Based Business by Kirk Clements, Business Analyst, Community Futures
  • Time Management by Erin Grujic, Occupational Therapist

Massages were offered by Ria Frith from Heart and Soul Bodyworks.

At the end of the day each woman who participated received a carnation to brighten their day.

Related stories:
Olympian Beckie Scott gives keynote speech at Women's Fair
Lynne Teneycke and Jacqui Bennet Bruns awarded the Rose Johnson Award for Inspiring Women

La Vonne Rideout

Find a way to play in your day

Red Hat Society

Sylvia Barbero, Rebecca Holand and Wendy Pargeter from Beaver Mines Store

Jesica and Kevin Shepherd brightened their booth

John Taylor updated the crowd on the Community Conversation on Learning

Lise Schulze and Donna Jackson

Olympian Beckie Scott accepts flowers from Vice Chair Adult Learning Council Susan Gerber while Emcee Monica Sczryba-Davis looks on.

Tables were decorated 'InStyle'

Legacy, Darci, Emily, Rose Johnson, and Shannon Jackson

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