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.

Her Health Matters Campaign New Format

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 

Oyaco Celebrates a Birthday!

OYACO, one of Canada’s larger distributors of infant, toddler and maternity products, is turning 15 on Mother’s Day this year! One of the first companies to introduce baby sleeping bags to Canadian parents in 2001, OYACO has continued to bring innovative, creative and truly helpful products to the Canadian marketplace.

OYACO was founded in 2001 by Narda Simpson, President of Oyaco Products. Narda, who continues to run the company today, is an inspiration to Mompreneur’s everywhere. Building a company from an idea drawn up at their kitchen table into a national success story is something many entrepreneurs will do only in their wildest dreams.

“Oyaco is my first baby,” Simpson says. “I wasn’t a mom when I started the company. A friend of mine was making sleeping bags for babies, and I bought one from her to give to one of my friends as a baby gift.” Simpson’s friend was very impressed with the usefulness of the sleeping bag, and word spread to other friends, who were eager to have them for their babies. “Before too long, we found ourselves sewing baby sleeping bags after work in the evening and selling them privately,” she says.

Simpson’s success was fast and furious. With a keen business sense and a natural instinct for knowing what the consumer wants, Simpson started sourcing the product from international manufacturers and distributors to bring to the Canadian market. With the success of the Grobag sales, Simpson’s business started to be recognized by other baby product manufacturers who wanted to enter the Canadian market, and Simpson soon found herself sourcing and importing products from around the world.

“We really strive to make parenting easier,” Simpson says. “We want to take the frustration factor out of parenting by giving parents the tools they need to enjoy these precious moments in their young family’s life. Our products must be practical, otherwise we won’t carry them. This has really been an awesome journey.”

WestCoast Families Congratulates Oyaco on their success!

Xpocity Shopping Social!

Don’t miss the Xpocity Shopping Social on Thursday, September 25th from 4-10 pm at the Vancouver Four Seasons Hotel on West Georgia.

XpoCity is Vancouver’s first Women’s “Shopping Social”, a shopping expo that provides women with the opportunity to discover and experience some of Vancouver’s best and most unique brands, products and services. The event will be featuring up to 70 exclusive vendors in the 5 main aspects of a woman’s lifestyle: Health/Fitness, Beauty/Fashion, Food, Home & Business/Career. XpoCity is the ultimate Social Shopping event for the Vancouver Woman. The woman that is likes to explore and experience all areas of her lifestyle. Our handpicked vendors and brands are the best in their category, offering only quality and lifestyle-enhancing products for women looking for quality in all products they incorporate into their lifestyle. XpoCity is also an event that brings like-minded women together. Through networking, aspiring entrepreneurs, women in business and working professionals can mingle and connect.

The first component of XpoCity will be a Vancouver Professional Women’s Networking Session, where women can mingle, connect and network with other like-minded women. Women will have the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with XpoCity ‘Xperts’ – some of Vancouver’s most influential women in business, media and pr professionals, stylists, bloggers and great personalities!

XpoCity is the ideal evening out, featuring all things women love under one roof including:

  • Great vendors
  • Mini manicure bar
  • Complimentary hair
  • Make-up and eyelash touch-ups
  • Female DJ
  • Refreshments
  • Exclusive offers
  • Shopping
  • Giveaways & Gift cards
  • Much MORE!

Womens Networking Session – 4:00pm – 6:00 pm

Book Signing, Megan Williams, Our Interrupted Fairytale4:30pm – 6:00pm

Xpocity Expo – 5:00pm – 10:00pm

8 March is International Women’s Day!


8 March is the day we celebrate women and all that they bring to the world during International Women’s Day!  IWD is a great time to teach your children about the strength, courage and compassion that women offer professionally, emotionally and in everyday life. Keep an eye on these events in the Lower Mainland and celebrate International Women’s Day with others!


1. I am Woman Hear Me Laff, 7 March, 2014, 8pm, Main Stage at the Surrey Arts Center

All female comedians bring laughter to International Women’s Day!


2. International Women’s Day & 1 Billion Rising, 11 am – 3 pm, Abbotsford City Hall, 8 March

This event will showcase film screenings, talks, dances and more to celebrate women and women’s rights!


3. International Women’s Day Conference at SFU, 8 March, 9 am – 4:30 pm, Century Plaza Hotel

Guest speakers, panels and this IWD expo will educate and interest all genders. 


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…]