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Friendship Centre to host International Women’s Day event on March 8

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Register by March 6 to attend

On Thursday, March 8, the St. Marys Friendship Centre will host its first-ever International Women’s Day event from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature presentations by local women from various backgrounds, with refreshments and a social hour to follow.

Ann Slater, a local grower of organic vegetables, will speak about her experiences as a farmer and environmentalist. Town of St. Marys Councillor Lynn Hainer will share about women in politics. Wellness Coordinator Pauline White will speak about issues related to women’s health and self-esteem. Finally, Warda al Hilal Al Bakkari and her daughter Marah Ajjan, members of the Syrian family sponsored by the St. Marys Refugee Sponsorship Group, will answer questions about their journey to Canada.  

Admission is free; however, attendees should pre-register by Tuesday, March 6 by contacting or 519-284-3272.

Photo opportunity

Media are invited to a photo opportunity with the guest speakers on March 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Friendship Centre.

Additional information

From the International Women’s Day website (

“International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.”

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Stacey Wheal | Corporate Communications Specialist
519-284-2340, ext. 429 |