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 

Guest Post: Surviving 68 Days of Hard Labour (aka Summer Vacation)

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(This is a letter from one of our readers we thought you all might enjoy and relate to. We know we did! ~ WCF team)

From One Burnt-out Mom to Another

School is back in session (!) and I for one am proud that my family and I are still alive to see it. Surviving 68 days of summer vacation was a challenge, to say the least.

Most days of “vacation” went a little something like this…It’s 8:17 pm and I have put my boys in the small room they share in our East Vancouver apartment. My husband is, of course, at work, where he animates video games, but more importantly, gets to enjoy conversing with adults 60 hours a week. Because I am a stay-at-home mom, I bask in the bevy of luxuries associated with raising two boys, who this month will turn six and eight years of age.

The older one has ADHD. He wakes up vibrating and shouts as if he is Sam Kinison on fire. Just now he put a pushpin on the end of a Nerf Gun “bullet” (sharp side out) and was threatening to shoot his little brother with it. His medication has worn off and when that happens he gets evil ideas. An added bonus: the medication also prevents him from going to sleep at a normal hour so his little brother and I get to savour the joys of ADHD.

The little one is no angel either. His life appears to be a series of minor accidents and injuries, which he responds to with off-Broadway melodramatics. I must go through a carton of band-aids a week, which I hold at the ready in my purse. The only other thing I go through as quickly is red wine. His voice can reach a unique decibel that penetrates my ear canal and goes straight to my brain’s panic centre. This is why I have begun to wear earplugs at home.

I am a 44-year-old peri-menopausal woman who, like many of my peers, had kids in my late thirties. It seemed like a good idea at the time. In hindsight however, I should have predicted the collision of my pissed-off hormones and the “rambunctious” energy of two boys under eight. I have no patience anymore, no sense of humour, no joie de vivre. Some amateurs call it “Motherhood Burn-out.” Now that I have lived through eight long summers with my boy(s), I can honestly say that I don’t think it is natural or healthy for an adult to spend this much time with children. This is why I have already booked multiple summer camps for 2012!

At this juncture in my life, I actually daydream about having a job. A job outside this house. Any job. Any job with lots and lots of hours. And grown-ups. And no kids! A job that I would be paid for and thanked for and, maybe even… respected for. I would get a lunch break where I could actually sit alone in silence for a full hour! Perhaps even a job which would pay me to take a vacation! (Vacation defined as a leisurely adult trip without kids to take care of).

I am now checking out the job listings on Craig’s List and imagining what my updated resume would look like now after taking eight years off from the work force…

Objective: To get the f*%# out of my house and talk to grown ups!

  • Middle-aged, depressed, mom seeks missing identity (and a quiet position in serene adult office).
  • Has state of the art computer skills (from 2003).
  • Outspoken.
  • Dynamic (mood swings).
  • BA Degree in Communications (from before you were born).
  • Needs 4 pm nap and chocolate break.
  • Was smart and hip at one time.
  • Concise
  • No cleaning, cooking, nursing, teaching or wiping anyone’s ass.

Desired Hours: 7 am until just after the kids’ bedtime.

Did I mention that I am overjoyed that school is back in session…?

Lisa Doucette


Don’t Miss Once Upon a Belly Today in Yaletown!

An informative and exciting festival for new and expectant parents, Once Upon A Belly provides an amazing environment that brings together everything your growing family will need. Parents and parents-to-be will be able to shop and explore for all things baby. The event will also include:

  • A gift bag full of free products & samples for the first 250 moms in attendance
  • A “Mommy Lounge” to breastfeed and change babies.
  • A broad scope of exhibitors
  • Door prizes galore, including a shadowbox of your baby’s feet casting, courtesy of Wee Piggies & Paws, valued at $350
  • Guest speakers offering specialized advice in their respective fields

Admission is by donation. Proceeds will go to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 11am-4pm

WHERE: Roundhouse Community Centre, Yaletown


The Latest Scoop Comes to Gastown

Haven’t heard of The Latest Scoop? This innovative pop-up store does just that—pop up in unexpected places for a short time, selling all kinds of cool fashions, accessories, furniture, gifts and household goods, and then—poof! It’s gone! We loved the finds and gifts we “scooped” at the holiday stores in Kits and Ambleside, so looking forward to more great deals this time around.

This time, The latest Scoop has opened in Gastown, at 206 Carrall Street, and will be open until Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm, Sundays and Holidays 11am-5pm.

Learn more at www.thelatestscoop.ca.

Momcafe: The Constant Juggle

Don’t miss the next Momcafé event this Friday, November 19 The Boathouse in Kitsilano. Two busy moms (one an entrepreneur, another a lawyer) will share how they combine running strong businesses, raising a family and giving back to their communities. Sit back and relax while you enjoy a light breakfast, steaming latte and onsite childcare, while listening to these inspiring women and connecting with other educated, savvy Vancouver moms.

Andrea Scott is the co-owner of Skoah and Chiiki Munki. She is also an active consultant in the areas of PR and marketing communications, working with some well-known Vancouver companies including Lululemon Athletica, Grouse Mountain Resorts, and the advertising agency Grip Limited. Her experience as a teacher has been instrumental in developing the training program for Skoah employees, and in ensuring Skoah customers understand their skincare program. Andrea is also the founder of the Hopeful Hand, a charity created through Skoah to benefit the parents of ill and terminally ill children at BC Children’s Hospital and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Andrea has two children.

Michelle Pockey is a partner in the Vancouver law office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Michelle’s practice principally providing strategic legal and business advice regarding environmental matters and natural resource projects (mining, forestry, energy) and property developments. Michelle is recognized in her community as an entrepreneur and a strong supporter of women in business.  In 1997, she founded and has continues to serve as Chair of the Professional Women’s Network with chapters in Vancouver and Calgary with the sponsorship of Fasken Martineau.  She also serves on the Advisory Board to Young Women in Business and is an active member of the Women President’s Organization (Vancouver Chapter II).  Michelle was nominated and named a finalist for the 2010 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Business and Professional Category. Michelle is married to an architect and has a daughter, Noa, age 5 and a son, Nathan, age 2.

What: momcafé breakfast event “The Constant Juggle—A Fresh Perspective on Balance”

Who: Andrea Scott, Co-Founder of SKOAH & Michelle Pockey, Partner at Faskens Martineau LLP and Founder, Professional Women’s Network

When: Friday, November 19, 2010 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (registration begins at 8:45 a.m.)

Where: 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Cost: $37 non-members – $31 members (plus HST)

Onsite childcare is available for an additional fee.

To register and for more details visit www.momcafenetwork.com

New Book: Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart

Can you imagine getting the “birds and bees” talk – complete with stick figure drawings – at age seven? What if you discovered your husband was cheating on you…when you were four months pregnant? How does it feel to learn the daughter you adopted 21 years ago wants to find her birth mom?

Just in time for the holidays, Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart: 28 True Stories of Love, Loss & Everything in Between answers these questions and more as writers take us on a personal journey into the relationships that shape our lives. With wit and humour, honesty and grace, these intriguing essayists—including two Canadians—dish on everything from families and lovers to influential life changers and pets.

Contributors to Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart came together through a professional community called Freelance Success. They are professional writers whose bylines appear in O: The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, the New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Newsweek, the Washington Post and countless other publications. Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart: 28 True Stories of Love, Loss & Everything in Between is available online via Amazon.ca, Chapters.Indigo.ca, as well as independent bookstores. SRP $21.00.

Attention Mompreneurs!

Enterprising Moms Fall Social Celebrates Mom Entrepreneurs!

The 2010 Enterprising Moms Fall Social is the place to be for women looking to build a business while raising a family. Taking place at the River Rock Hotel on November 5, 2010 between 7 and 10pm, the evening boasts three inspirational speakers, and a great opportunity to network with women from across BC who have successfully balanced entrepreneurship and motherhood. The evening is open to members, guests, friends and spouses.

For more information about the Fall Social, visit www.enterprisingmomsnetwork.com.

WHAT: Enterprising Moms Fall Social

WHO: Speakers include founder and President Kelley Scarsbrook, Ghost CEO Business Coach Felicia Lee and Family Coach, Kasia Rachfall.

WHEN: Friday, November 5, 2010

TIME: 7pm – 10pm

LOCATION: River Rock, Richmond, BC

TICKETS: $25.00 per person available online at www.enterprisingmomsnetwork.com

About Enterprising Moms Network

Enterprising Moms Network (EMN) is an ever expanding network of mom entrepreneurs who are dedicated to helping one another succeed in the always tricky balancing act of being a mother and an entrepreneur. As a diverse group of women with different talents, skills, and ideas, EMN is a great place for women to connect with other women who, although like-minded, have a wide-breadth of experience, education, and skills.

Calling All Fashionistas!

For moms only! Here’s an event this weekend that has absolutely NOTHING to do with Halloween…apart from the great clothes you might find to wear to a weekend event! Check out the poster below for all the deets. [Read more…]

Bopomo Facebook Party!

Here’s a cool event from one of our partners! LOTS OF GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON!

“Join us for our first ever virtual Facebook party co-hosted by Bopomo Pictures and Raspberry Kids.  It promises to be fun and interactive and there are several prizes to be won [Read more…]

Cool Event for Mompreneurs

Enterprising Moms Network presents “Balance, Perfectionism and Values” on Friday, November 5, from 7pm to 10pm, at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. There will be three key speakers: EMN Founder and President, Kelly Scarsbrook – “Busting the Myth of the Perfect Mom”; EMN Business Development Director/EMN Vancouver Director & Ghost CEO Business Coach, Felicia Lee – “3 Tools for Entrepreneurial Time Mastery”; and Fresh Perspective Coach & Accredited Trainer of NLP, Kasia Rachfall – “Your Values: The Unconscious Tool That Moves you Forward or Holds you Back”. Tickets $25 per person, includes speakers, networking and appies. Click here for more info.