International Women’s Day Gala – Empowering Women & Girls Into the Future

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day Gala – Empowering Women & Girls Into the Future

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) will be celebrating its annual International Women’s Day Gala on Wednesday March 8th, 2017 at St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

400 guests are expected at the annual fundraising event that will highlight the accomplishments achieved by women in the past, present, and future; advancing women further towards equality.  WEST is excited to announce that Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI (American Film Institute) Fest, will be the Keynote Speaker for our IWD Gala 2017. In 2014 Jacqueline was on Essence Magazine’s list of the 75 most powerful black women in Hollywood, and she was featured in Variety’s 2014 Women’s Impact Report as one of the female entertainment industry leaders in Hollywood deemed a game-changer and innovator.

This year’s theme is “Empowering Women & Girls Into the Future”.

During the event, WEST will recognize Journey Towards Success Recipients. The Recipients are WEST clients, who have gone on a challenging journey and been successful in achieving their goals, as well as Community Partners that have demonstrated a belief in the WEST mission and continue to actively support women on their journeys toward success.

The 2017 Journey Toward Success Award Recipients are…

  • Legacy Award – Martha Reavley, Award Sponsored by TD 
  • The Trailblazer Award (Corporate) – H & R Block Canada Inc., Award Sponsored by BMO
  • The Phenomenal Women –Francisca Bakre, Award Sponsored by Caesars
  • The Sisterhood Award – Terry Weymouth, Award Sponsored by Windsor Star
  • The Visionary Award – Mona Stonefish, Award Sponsored by CTV
  • The Trailblazer Award (Small/ Medium Business) – AlphaKOR, Award Sponsored by Biz X magazine
  • VIP – New Partner Award – Karen Pillon Award Sponsored by AM800 
  • The Innovation Award – Reem Al-Khulaidi, Award Sponsored by CPA

Feature photo: From left: Ann Diab, Vice President, WEST Board of Directors; Sheila Barker, Past President, WEST Board of Directors; Honourable Jean Augustine, Keynote Speaker; Gemma Grey-Hall, President, WEST Board of Directors and Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director WEST pose for a photo during the International Women’s Day Gala 2016. Photo by Mitzi Benvenuto.

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