IWD 2013 Potluck Celebration – Thank You

Chido, our wonderful MC for the evening.
Chido, our wonderful MC for the evening.

The International Women’s Day Potluck Celebration on Thursday, March 7 was a huge success! The event, held at the Kerby Centre, was attended by about 240 people.

Our local theme chosen for IWD, “Women in Leadership: Changing the Face of Power”, provided a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of female leaders, as well as recognize the work that still needs to be done by all to ensure gender diversity is reflected at all levels of leadership.

Dinner table centre pieces; flowers generously donated by Red Rose Florist
Dinner table centre pieces; flowers generously donated by Red Rose Florist

Entertainment was provided by Elbow River, a band that plays both country and bluegrass, as well as the Raging Grannies. Fair Fares & Fair Calgary Community Voices, a grassroots community group, were recognized for their success in having the eligibility increased for the low income transit pass, as well as having youth included in a pilot project for the pass. Amy Dornian, a Mount Royal practicum student at the Women’s Centre, spoke more to the theme of women in leadership. Amy also coordinated our IWD Photo Story project. We were also honoured to have Gael MacLeod, Councillor for Ward 4, speak about her experiences, as well as support and encourage other women to get involved in their communities.

A special thanks to the Elbow River band, who kept us entertained throughout the evening.
“Who can help to change the world? You can, You can!” Thanks to the Raging Grannies for leading the group in some fun songs about women in leadership!
Amy, Women’s Centre’s practicum student, provided us with an inspiring speech about women in leadership.

This event could not have happened without the hard work of all the volunteers. There were people helping out with door prizes, coordinating all the amazing food for the potluck, making sure the drinks were always plentiful, cleaning up, working at the welcome table, and so much more. Thank you for all your help!

Delicious potluck desserts. Thank you to everyone who brought a dish to the event.
Some members of our hard working kitchen crew!

A special thank-you to the IWD organizing committee: the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women, the United Way of Calgary and Area, the Women’s Committees of the Calgary and District Labour Council, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s IWD Potluck Celebration a memorable one! Click here to see more event photos.

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