COQUITLAM—In celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2011, CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council will host a free lunch and celebration to honour women in the Tri-Cities.
The second annual celebration focuses on service providers who support women and the women who benefit from these services. This event is unique in that it honours those least able to pay to attend a celebration of women.
Cindy McQueen, vice-president of CUPE Metro council says, “many women who use women’s services can’t afford to attend IWD celebrations even though they are often most hurt by cuts to women’s services. This event will provide them with an opportunity to celebrate along with other women all over the world.”
This promises to be an exciting event and includes a delicious lunch, wonderful speakers and entertainment. Speakers will include Carol Metzmurray, Executive Director of Tri-Cities Community Based Victim Services, Tri-City Women's Resources Centre and Joy's Place and Diane Thorne, MLA for Coquitlam Maillardville.
Entertainment will be provided by Metis singer and songwriter and CUPE member Arlette Alcock with women’s rights activist Joyce Arthur from “Joyce and the Jaguars” and Aboriginal Women's Ensemble M'Girl.
Craft activities will be provided by experienced CUPE child care workers, and women and their children will be provided with free bagged lunches they can take home as well as transportation to and from the event.
Sarah Bjorknas, CUPE Metro council member-at-large, says that based on the experience in 2010 it is important to offer free transportation to the celebration of women. “The women who participated loved the food, the speakers and the entertainment and said that they really hoped we’d be doing this again next year. So I’m very proud to see that Metro is continuing this fabulous tradition of honouring women!”
The event is open to women in the Tri-Cities. It is happening on March 8 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.
Transportation to and from the event will be available. For more information contact Cindy McQueen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 778-688-9537.