Her Health Matters: Local Businesses Step Up & Show Support

Did you know that until 1998, women weren’t included in most research and medical trials in Canada? 1998 – that was only 20 years ago! This means that when drugs were created and put into the market to help with women’s health issues, many hadn’t even been tested on the female body before becoming available for sale.  Even today, women’s health research is still vastly underfunded, and as a result, women remain unaware of many of the unique health risks that exist.

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Here are just some of the mind-blowing women’s health care facts that you should know:

  1. Prior to the 1990’s women were not included in most medical research studies.
  2. Each year in Canada, heart disease kills more women than men. It is the leading cause of death for women over 55, and the second most common cause of death for women under 55.
  3. Women experience depression twice as often as men and yet are three times more likely than men to experience barriers to accessing mental health care.

There is a gender bias that exists in the healthcare system, and BC Women’s hospital – in partnership with some fantastic local businesses, is taking a stand against this bias and the lack of resources available in women’s health, with a new initiative that has launched called Her Health Matters.

Yyoga – 15% off 5 Class Passes using a special promo code. Her Health Matters

WithinUs – 10% off using a special promo code.

BRUNETTE The Label – donating a percentage of sales on the BABES SUPPORTING BABES sweatshirts to BC Women’s.

The Juice Truck – donating partial sales to BC Women’s.

For more information on the special offers available through participating businesses, or to donate directly to this important cause, please visit BC Women’s – Her Health Matters.

Our Jan/Feb issue features some great stories on how we can support the leaders of tomorrow, pick up our latest issue, available at a location near you, or online here.

Michelle Pockey Leadership Award Accepting Applications!

Are you a female leader? Then listen up!

The Michelle Pockey Leadership Award has been created to recognize Michelle Pockey, an exceptional female leader in our community. As a prominent lawyer and community activist, Michelle dedicated herself to making a positive difference in the world – from energy, mining, environmental, and Indigenous legal issues, to increasing the economic success and impact of women. With her vision, she co-founded the Professional Women’s Network in 1997, and the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network in 2016. She worked tirelessly for 20 years advocating to advance women in business, law, Indigenous and non-traditional sectors. She was an inspiration for others every day of her life until her passing from cancer in June 2016.

The Michelle Pockey Leadership Award will give first priority to an Indigenous woman, a single mother, or a woman facing economic hardship. Second priority will be given to a woman pursuing law, justice, Indigenous, or environmental studies. The award is intended to support her tuition, housing, or childcare in the pursuit of post-secondary education, which will advance her leadership and long-term career prospects.

You can also support the award through donations, so take part today!

For more information and to download the application form, click HERE 

New Breast Milk Donation Locations

Doctors often encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies, since it has been clinically proven that a mother’s milk is the best nutrition for little ones to develop and grow healthy immune systems. But for some new parents and vulnerable babies, access to quality, safe, and healthy milk is not only a challenge but a necessity. The BC Women’s Milk Bank, through BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, takes in donations of breast milk, pasteurizes it, then feeds babies who are in the neonatal intensive care unit who are at high risk of developing infections and others diseases. Healthy donor milk is just one effort to help their tiny bodies fight off disease. “With a helping hand from donated breast milk and even more milk depots opening, babies will have a better chance to thrive,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “We have long known the benefits of human milk for vulnerable babies, so now we’re making it even easier to donate milk to help babies in need.” Previously, it has been a challenge to access these donation centres, meaning milk supply had decreased to a dangerous and all time low. Thankfully, five new donation locations have opened up across the Lower Mainland, giving potential donors better access to drop off their milk while giving more at risk babies access to the quality nutrition they need.


Financial Freedom with TD Your Story, Your Future

by Jodi Iverson

A couple of years after my husband and I were married I went to program my VCR (yes, I realize this dates me) and discovered I couldn’t. I was panicked! How was I going to ensure I didn’t miss an episode of Grey’s Anatomy?! I had forgotten how because this had become “his job.” It is common in relationships for each partner to take on individual responsibilities. Typically each partner gravitates to the tasks that are better suited to their skill set, so we lose skills we may have been confident about in the past. In our relationship my husband heads up both technology and our finances, so when I read the startling statistic that 9 in 10 women will be left with sole responsibility for their finances at some point in their lives, I was reminded that my financial wellbeing was certainly a larger crisis than my less than savvy tech skills, so I had better get back on my financial game ASAP.

Fortunately I had the opportunity to get in touch with my inner Gail Vaz-Oxlade at a new seminar, Your Story, Your Future, presented by TD Wealth specifically for women. We started with a short video outlining the often overlooked economic power women possess. Did you know women influence $1.3 trillion of Canadian investable assets? We also start 4 out of 5 new businesses in Canada, yet Only 48% of us work with a financial advisor, as opposed to 61% of our male counterparts. Why is this? TD identifies this as a problem and has worked hard to ensure we are getting the advice we need in the way that speaks to the majority of us via a more holistic approach including education, options, and the time needed to identify and reach our goals.
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Your story, Your Future is not a sales pitch, it’s not a boring, in-bank technical financial planning lecture. It’s an opportunity to explore your specific goals and dreams and take the financial steps necessary to achieve them. The best part is you don’t have to do it alone! Invite your pals for drinks & appies with a side of independence. TD Wealth will send an advisor to the comfort of your home to lead the seminar- think girls’ night out meets empowerment and freedom.

Booking a seminar now will help you & your social circle change up the conversations we as women are having about personal finance. Our group ended the evening with a renewed passion for the financial future and the steps to take us there.

Contact Investment advisors for more info or to book your own seminar.

Jillian Bryan
T 604.482.2466
E jillian.bryan@td.com

Tracey Lundell
T 604.482.2495
E tracey.lundell@td.com

Vancouver Bridal Swap!

With weddings come joy and excitement, but they also come with a hefty price tag followed by a collection of decor, accessories and dresses that fill up every available storage space. Fear not! This weekend is a chance to rid yourself of used wedding items or sell them to future brides.

Don’t miss Vancouver’s Original Bridal Swap, and this year, because of popularity, the show has expanded into the Croatian Cultural Centre on April 12, 2015. Created by DreamGroup Productions, Vancouver’s most notable event planning firm, the event returns for its 5th edition. Bridal Swap connects past brides to sell gently used wedding décor items & dresses to those planning weddings in the future, while also donating proceeds of sales to various B.C. charities.

When: Sunday April 12th, 2015, 11am – 3pm (EARLY BIRD: 10:30am)
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre
Tickets: www.bridalswap.ca/tickets
Social: @BridalSwapVan #bridalswapvan

White Rock Princess Party

Looking for a fun afternoon for your child while supporting charity? Check out the 5th annual Princess Party in White Rock. All proceeds from the event go to the White Rock Firefighters Charity Association in support of their efforts to build an all abilities park in the community.  Last year, over 190 little ones attend (plus chaperones) and the event raised $13,111. 

The event focuses activities on building positive inner character such as friendliness, helpfulness, and kindness. Kids will be greeted with their very own crown, chat with other “royalty,” meet Princess Elsa, enjoy crafts and food, and then of course, meet with the local heroes themselves, the firefighters!

The Princess Party is on Saturday, August 23rd 2014 from 12 p.m until 3:00 pm at the Star of the Sea Community Center, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock BC. Tickets are $30 per prince (ages 2-5) or princess (ages 2-10) with one chaperone. Don’t miss this chance to have fun with the entire family and of course, don’t forget to dress the part!


Small Weddings at Going to the Chapel

The Chapel at Hycroft House

The Chapel at Hycroft House

With the average Canadian wedding costing more than $24,000, costs have exploded and made the perfect wedding day out of reach for some. Not everyone has that kind of money to spend on their special day, especially when children, university and other issues take priority. If you’re looking for a small wedding, Going to the Chapel at Hycroft House, home of the University Women’s Club, might just be the perfect solution for you and your family. Founded by MJ Ankenman, a member of the University Women’s Club, Going to the Chapel gives small weddings the pizzazz and class that your special day deserves.

Hycroft House was built in 1911 and is a breathtaking, Edwardian home with elegance and detail that won’t fail to impress. Stunning architecture, beautiful features and period furniture make for a wedding venue that will create lovely photos and epic memories. Going to the Chapel weddings are held in the chapel room with Tiffany glass ceiling and stunning views of the gardens.

With a max wedding size of 20 people, Going to the Chapel offers a fantastic wedding location and one stop marriage shopping at a price that won’t make you wince. The going rate includes setup, commissioner, and location for your one hour ceremony. However, Going to the Chapel also offers add ons such as makeup (by Brittany Pifer), flowers, change room, champagne and nibbles for your guests.

Contact AJ and her team to arrange your wedding ceremony today.

Don’t Miss the It’s My Family show in Abbotsford

Become part of the family at It’s My Family on Nov 16 & 17, 2013 at the Tradex in Abbotsford.  Don’t miss out on the largest and most interactive show in the Fraser Valley.

Come and rock out to a fantastic performance by Bobs & Lolo. Get in touch with your inner Princess with performances by Snow White and Cinderella or join a princess for story time and be sprinkled with fairy dust in our perfectly princess area.  Be awestruck by the amazing Science World presentation.  Get your giggle on with fabulous performances by Norden the Magician and Neale Bacon and His Crazy Critters. Roll on down to witness the fantastic feats by The World Roundup Freestyle Skateboarding Team.  Jump, tumble, roll, and bounce with the Langley Gymnastics Foundation interactive circuit, bouncy castles and toddler area by Par – T – Perfect and Hamster Balls and Laser Tag by Games2U.

Participate in the photo contest to raise funds for the Canucks Place Children’s Hospice sponsored by Ashley Martins Photography or enter your baby into the Baby Olympics Crawling Contest.

Enter to win the Ultimate Birthday Party Grand Prize or a fabulous 7 day trip for 4 to Southern California provided by Roblin Travel and Western Vacations.

For more info or to purchase tickets please visit www.itsmyfamily.ca or email zoey@itsmyfamily.ca

Halloween Shouldn’t be scary… for your waistline!

Halloween Shouldn’t Be Scary… for Your Waistline

 While the kids are out enjoying trick-or-treating, sitting around the candy bowl at home and avoiding temptation to snack can be difficult. To have a Halloween with less guilt, indulge in a few sweets that aren’t as “sinful” as the traditional favorites, and see if the lure of the real thing is truly worth it. TOPS Club, Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers guidance to a healthier Halloween that is still fun for all. Treat-sized candy can give the impression that “just a little bit won’t hurt,” but when the facts are laid out, there is nothing fun about these “fun-sized” bites. Consider this: 1 serving (1/5 of an 8-oz. package) of candy corn = 150 calories* = 42 minutes of walking,
2 Fun Size Snickers bars = 160 calories = 18 minutes of jogging
1 2-oz. package of Skittles = 250 calories = 38 minutes of cycling

Part of TOPS’ philosophy is that all foods can fit in your meal plan, in moderation. If you really want something sweet, have it – but also consider healthier options that give you the same satisfaction from regular candy. Help your health by calorie budgeting for the treats. Split a sweet with a friend, push yourself a little harder during your workout, or cut back on something else in your diet for that day. By staying mindful of choices and planning ahead, Halloween candy cravings won’t be so spooky after all.*Calorie counts and calories burned are estimated using www.calorieking.com.

Healthier Options Are Amazingly Satisfying

 Frozen banana-chocolate treats
Place peeled, medium-ripe bananas on sticks and freeze them. Once they’re frozen, drizzle with a little melted dark chocolate and serve. According to the Cleveland Clinic, dark chocolate contains flavanols that may provide antioxidant qualities and have potential influence on vascular health.

Crispy rice treats
Modify the classic recipe for a healthier version using whole grain brown rice cereal, honey, or brown rice syrup for substitutions. The brown rice syrup has a lower glycemic index than high fructose corn syrup marshmallows but will still make the treats sweet.

Honey popcorn balls
Popcorn balls are a Halloween favorite, but they’re commonly loaded with salt and high in sugar. They can be made healthier when prepared at home with just air-popped popcorn, honey, and a bit of salt. The popcorn provides fiber, and you can get creative by adding flavorful options. Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa power, and cloves will provide delicious taste options for your popcorn balls.

Vegetable “candy corn”
Try a healthy twist on a Halloween staple. You’ll need toothpicks, orange and yellow bell peppers, and cauliflower florets. Simply cut the vegetables and layer in the colors of traditional candy corn.

TOPS Club Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind.

Knit and Pledge for the Arts with Gateway Theatre

Gateway Theatre invites all knitters and friends to participate in their 2nd knitting fundraiser, Knit & Pledge for Gateway Theatre. Participants (either individuals or teams) are asked to create a 12″ x 12″ knitted square and gather a minimum pledge of $20. Squares will be turned into beautiful blankets which will be donated to local charities. Money pledged offsets costs associated with Gateway programs, like Academy classes, costumes for the Academy Summer Musical Theatre production, props for Studio Series productions, or wages for an actor’s salary for a Main Stage production.

You don’t have to knit to support your theatre. Donations can be made online or pledge forms downloaded on Gateway’s website. Pledges of more than $10 receive a tax receipt.

Show us your squares! Don’t want to knit alone? Come to Lansdowne Mall!
From October 30 – November 29, knit and chat each Wednesday from 11am – 1pm or Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

Send photos of your work in progress to: Kristen Cheun Post photos on their  Facebook  page.

Dates to remember
October 28th – Participants can start bringing in squares and pledges
November 27th – Delivery deadline for knitted square(s), pledge forms and money
November 29th – Blanket creation day & VIP sewing bee – Media event at 11am at Lansdowne Mall.

Tickets to ‘Art’ in February 2014
Participants raising a minimum of $100 receive one (1) ticket.
Participants raising a minimum of $200 receive two (2) tickets.
Plus: Prizes for Top Fund Raiser (individual) and Top Team