Back at the annual Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day Celebration at Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam, BC. As always, the chamber delivered a fantastic event and always fantastic food at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club. This year’s celebration featured speaker: Shachi Kurl, President at Angus Reid Institute; Panelists: Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera, Co-Authors of “Nerve: Lessons in Leadership from Two Women Who Went First” with Paige Petriw, Councillor at the City of Port Coquitlam as moderator and closing remarks from Fiona Famulak, President & CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

The theme for this year:

IWD 2023: #EmbraceEquity

For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity.

Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA.

We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion.

Collective activism is what drives change. From grassroots action to wide-scale momentum, we can all embrace equity.

Forging gender equity isn’t limited to women solely fighting the good fight. Allies are incredibly important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women.

When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and we embrace inclusion. We embrace equity to forge harmony and unity, and to help drive success for all. Equality is the goal, and equity is the means to get there. Through equity, we can reach equality.

What a great sold out event!