WHEN: March 8th, 2019 – Doors 7:30am, Breakfast Served 7:45am

WHERE: Best Western Inn on the Bay – 1800 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5R1

Please join us for a delicious breakfast and hear Larisa’s story in achieving #BalanceforBetter. Make sure to bring some cash for the raffle! All proceeds go to The Women’s Centre Grey & Bruce Inc.

For more information, please contact the Fund Development and Communications team by emailing info@thewomenscentre.org or calling 519-376-0755, ext. 103.


This year we have the honour of hearing from Larisa Yurkiw

From her website:

“Larisa Yurkiw is one of the top 3 downhill ski racers in the world, an accomplished entrepreneur — and the first global athlete to combine these two skills in what has become known around the world as “Team Larisa.” Her voyage took her from a tiny ski hill in Ontario, Canada, to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, and to the the peaks of the Swiss Alps and the elite world of the World F.I.S. Ski Racing Championships, where she competed and placed in the top 3 — on her own terms — in the most elite of sports.

Racing at speeds of 140km/h down the world’s steepest mountains, she overcame personal, medical and national political setbacks to achieve her dream — and prove that in the 21st century, elite athlete’s can compete on their terms — and change the world of sports forever. It’s proven to be one of the most compelling, brash, and inspirational business and sports stories of our time.”




The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

Collectively WE CAN ALL Play a Part

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

International Women’s Day History:

International Women’s Day is a day that allows all of us to stop and think about the progress of women’s equality and the barriers and challenges still faced.  At the same time to look forward into the future.

The origins of IWD (International Women’s Day) come from women working in clothing and textile factories in New York City who protested against their working conditions and low wages back on March 8, 1857.  The police attacked the women and dispersed them.  Two years later, the women formed their first labour union to try and protect their rights in the work force.  On March 8, 1908 these women protested again, demanding shorter work hours, better pay, voting rights and an end to child labour.  They adopted the slogan “Bread and Roses” to symbolize economic security (bread) and a better quality of life (roses).  For 100+ years, women and their supporters have rallied for better working conditions, child care, and better pay.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark this day in history.

International Women’s Day belongs to all communities everywhere – governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation – everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.