Events

We hold a variety of events - educational events, networking events, inspirational panels, volunteer events - throughout the year. Some are open to everyone, others are only open to people who identify as women. Some are free, some have a ticket fee.

Want to see an event in your community? We are a volunteer-led organization and rely on local people to lead events in their own communities. Contact us for information on how we can support you.

Unless we state otherwise, paid event registration is NOT tax-receiptable.


Upcoming Events


No events scheduled.

Past Events

  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 05:30 PM
    Justice Education Society

    Volunteer Orientation Night

  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 08:00 AM

    2014 Women's Campaign School - Calgary

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 04:30 PM
    Barcelona Tavern in Calgary, AB, Canada

    Calgary Women Talk Politics

    Join us for cocktail hour and politics. This networking event will feature a key note speech by Nirmala Naidoo, a long time journalist and former CBC Calgary primetime anchor. Nirmala is now the nominated Liberal candidate in the new riding of Calgary Rocky Ridge.

    Nirmala Naidoo Biography

    Nirmala Naidoo graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Political Science. She went on to study at Carleton University in their well-known graduate journalism program. 

    After graduating from Carleton University, Nirmala got her first job in journalism, at CTV’s W-5 where she worked as an investigative researcher for Canada’s longest running investigative news-magazine style program.

    In 1989, as the first Gulf War was about to break, Nirmala quit her job at CTV and moved to London, England to work as a freelancer during the war. While there, she worked at NBC’s London Bureau where she edited the horrific stories of the war to inform US television audiences. When the war ended, Nirmala remained in London on staff at the newly launched Christian Science Monitor television network. She was a researcher/chase producer there yet also got in front of the camera from time to time for the network (based in Boston, Massachusetts). Highlights of the stories Nirmala brought to the conscience of her viewers were of the IRA bombing campaign in London, an exclusive interview with the wrongly convicted Birmingham Six when they were acquitted, British election fringe parties, and an in-depth investigation on London’s homeless.

    With the experience of these organizations under her belt, Nirmala then moved on to her next challenge; freelancing for Visnews and Middle East Broadcasting.  While at Visnews, she worked as a journalist and assignment producer. The highlight of her time there was scoring exclusive coverage of the 40th anniversary of The Queen’s Accession in 1992. Nirmala negotiated with Buckingham Palace and Visnews became the only news agency with broadcast rights which it offered as pool coverage to other media.

    Nirmala moved back to Canada in 1992 so she could use her skills  in-front of the camera sharing stories with the community she grew up in. Her first anchor job was at CBC Saskatchewan in Regina where she began as the weekend anchor/reporter and was promoted months later to the late night weekday anchor. Nirmala moved to Global Calgary (then Calgary 7 News) in 1994 where she worked as the 6pm news anchor. She remained at Global Calgary for 14 years.

    In 2008, she left Global Calgary for CBC Calgary, where she was the solo primetime anchor for three years, anchoring the 5 p.m.5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.  Nirmala became the first minority in Calgary to anchor at prime time.

    Nirmala is now the nominated Liberal candidate to become the Member of Parliament in the new riding of Calgary Rocky Ridge.

    Community involvement and supporting charity work is an important part of Nirmala’s core belief system.  She has been generous with her time by promoting, hosting and emceeing dozens of events for charities such as Juvenile Diabetes Association, Alberta Children’t Hospital Foundation and AIDS Calgary.  She also spent several years as moderator from the CANSPELL Spelling Bee.  For three years she sat as the chair of the Aventa Addiction Treatment Centre for Women.

    Currently Nirmala is the Public Relations Manager for Symons Valley Road House, an historic property located on the north edge of Calgary.  

    Nirmala is married to Jeffrey Phelps and has two sons.

     

  • Friday, June 12, 2015 at 07:00 PM through June 14, 2015
    Legislative Assembly of BC in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Women's Campaign School 2015

    The Women’s Campaign School (WCS) is the longest-running campaign school of its kind in Canada. The speakers are veteran elected officials and campaign organizers from all parties, coming together at this non-partisan event to share practical skills and first-hand experiences working in our political system.  

    If you want to be a candidate, run a campaign, or just be more knowledgeable about this process, attend the WCS. Over 500 students have benefited from participating in the event since 1999.

    This year Women's Campaign School will be held at the Chambers of the Legislative Assembly of BC in Victoria. In this inspiring setting, participants will learn how to run an electoral campaign from start to finish. Particpants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills by developing and presenting their own campaign plans. 

    2015 Program

    • Friday June 12th, 7-8:30 pm: Opening Reception in Legislative Rotunda
    • Saturday June 13, 9am-5pm: Educational Programming in the Legislative Chambers
    • Sunday June 14, 9am-1pm: Educational Programming, Campaign Plan 

    2015 Speakers 

    • Speaker Linda Reid
    • Councilor Adriane Carr
    • MLA Carole James
    • Marcella Munro, Campaign Communications Specialist
    • Raj Sihota, Campaign Strategist
    • more to be announced...

    Come join us in Victoria this year and get the skills, confidence, and practice you need to run an amazing campaign!

    Please note: entrance into the Legislature is free, however, should you wish to participate in Campaign School you will need to pay for registration. Thank you.

    Parking Information can be found at  

    http://www.leg.bc.ca/info/2-15.htm

     All events take place at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

     501 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 2LB

     

    Please do not park in the parking lots behind the Legislative Assembly. These spots are not available to visitors to the Legislative Assembly and your vehicle may be towed. There are numerous parking lots operated by Robbins Parking in the vicinity.

     

    Friday June 12, 2015

    7:00-8:30pm Wine and Cheese in the Reception Hall

    Come meet and mingle with the WCS registrants, Canadian Women Voters Congress Board members, speakers and distinguished guests.

     

    Saturday June 13, 2015

    Location: the Chambers of the Legislative Assembly.

    Remember: No “bare arms”, no photography or recording and no food or beverages allowed.

    Doors open at 8:30am

    9:00 – 10am

    Opening Remarks 

    There are unlimited opportunities for women to personally connect with the political process. Meet some of the amazing women behind the Women’s Campaign School.

    10:00-10:45am

    Making the Decision to Run

    For many women, the hardest part of entering politics is making the decision to run. Whether you are thinking of running locally or federally, learn from current MLA’s what prompted them to seek elected office.

    Host: Erin Rennie

    Speakers: Carole James (MLA, Victoria-Beacon Hill), Vicki Huntington (MLA, Delta South) 

    10:45-11am –Coffee Break sponsored by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region

     11:00-12noon

    Seeking the Nomination

    Whether you need to compete against others or are acclaimed, getting the endorsement of a political party as its candidate in an election in a specific riding is serious business. Learn how to seek and secure a party’s nomination and get both its name and yours on the ballot.

    Host: Karen Aitkin

    Speaker: Jackie Tegart (MLA, Fraser Nicola)

     12noon-1pm. Lunch break.

    A boxed lunch will be provided.  Use this as a chance to catch some fresh air, mingle with other guests or make phone calls.

     1:00-2:00pm

    Getting to Know your Riding (Demographics)

    Are you in an urban riding? Rural? A mix? Learning about the voters in your riding will help you target you campaign resources and help your name stand out on the ballot.

    Host: Dr Janni Aragon

    Speaker: Raj Sihota

     2:00-3:00pm

    Communications

    Learning how to communicate your message to voters and the media can be challenging for even the most seasoned politicians. Marcella will help you create the perfect “stump speech” for your campaign.

    Host: Trina Isakson

    Speaker: Marcella Munro and Diamond Isinger

     3:00-3:45pm

    Fundraising

    Asking for money can sometimes be harder than asking for a vote. Our formidable Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia will guide you in the process of raising the money needed for a successful campaign.

    Host: Raj Sihota

    Speaker: Linda Reid (MLA, Richmond East)

     3:45-4:00pm - Coffee Break sponsored by the Canadian Women Voters Congress.

     4:00-5:00pm

    Staffing and Volunteers

    A campaign is only as successful as it’s campaign team! Tania and Kimanda are sisters and campaign strategists with over 20 campaigns  - often on opposing sides!

    Host: Erin Rennie

    Speakers: Tania and Kimanda Jarzebiak

     5:00-5:50pm

    Get out the Vote (GOTV) and Voter ID

    You can only win if the people vote for you. Sonia is passionate about Voter ID and GOTV and will help you identify the voters AND what you need to do to draw them to the polls on voting day.

    Host: Dr. Janni Aragon

    Speaker: Sonia Theroux

     6:00pm - Group Photos on the Steps of the Legislative Assembly

     

    Evening out! Join us for a “Pint and Politics” at a local pub.

     

    Sunday June 14, 2015

    Location: Ned Debeck Room

    9:00 – 10:00am

    Presentation Skills

    For many people, the thought of public speaking is scarier than jumping off a cliff. Learn from a seasoned elected official and professional business coach how to get over your fears of speaking in public.

    Host: Erin Rennie

    Speakers: Adriane Carr and Margaret Page

     10:00-12noon

    Campaign Plan Preparation

    Use the skills you have learned this weekend to develop a campaign plan! With the help of our campaign experts, you will leave with the tools needed to start your adventure in politics.

    12noon-1pm

    Closing remarks.

     

     

     

     

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 06:15 PM · 26 rsvps
    YWCA Metro Vancouver in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    2015 Annual General Meeting

    The Board of Directors of the Canadian Women Voters Congress hereby gives notice that the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place Thursday, July 23, 2015, at 6:30pm at YWCA Metro Vancouver, 4th Floor - 535 Hornby St , Vancouver BC for the following purposes:

    • To receive the report from the board
    • To receive annual financial statements
    • To elect the board of directors 

    Doors open at 6:15pm. All interested people are welcome to attend though only members are able to vote on Society business.  

    The venue is wheelchair accessible, and children are welcome to join you.

    The meeting will be followed by a social at a nearby restaurant around 7pm.

    RSVP for by Monday, July 20.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 23 rsvps
    Barcelona Tavern in Calgary, AB, Canada

    Calgary Women Talk Politics with MLA Stephanie McLean

    Join us for cocktail hour and politics. This networking event will feature a key note speech by Stephanie McLean, Member of the Legislative Assembly representing Calgary-Varsity. 

    About Stephanie McLean

    Stephanie McLeanStephanie McLean was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Calgary-Varsity on May 5, 2015. She currently serves as Deputy Government Whip.

    She also serves as a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services and as a member of the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee.

    She also serves as a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services.

    Educated in Alberta, Ms. McLean completed a bachelor of arts in philosophy at Concordia University College in 2008 and received her juris doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2012.

    Ms. McLean is currently a partner at the law firm of Gosselin-Tardif McLean LLP. She served in a clerkship and spent time as an articling student in the Provincial Court of Alberta.

    She is an active community volunteer, having served on the board of directors for both Alberta Theatre Projects and Friends of Medicare, in 2015. Ms. McLean has also offered her legal expertise to Calgary Legal Guidance, the Student Legal Assistance Society and the Elizabeth Fry Society.

    Ms. McLean lives in Calgary-Varsity with her husband and enjoys law, social justice and the arts.

     

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 7 rsvps
    The Main in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Celebrate International Women's Day

    You are invited to join with the Canadian Women Voters Congress to celebrate International Women's Day. The theme of this event is mentorship. There will be an opportunity to hear an invited speaker and also to network with other women during the event. Appetizers will be provided and cash bar will be available for beverages.

    To learn more about International Women's Day, or their 2016 #PledgeForParity campaign, visit: www.internationalwomensday.com

  • Friday, June 10, 2016 at 07:30 PM through June 12, 2016 · $20.00 CAD · 50 rsvps
    Legislative Assembly of BC in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Women's Campaign School 2016

    The Program:

    Women’s Campaign School (WCS) is the longest-running campaign school of its kind in Canada; since its inception in 1999, nearly 600 students have attended.

    The goal of this program is to provide self-identified women the information and skills necessary to run an effective political campaign. The skills taught at this program are relevant whether you're running for a position at the municipal, provincial or federal level--or if you're looking to support someone who is!

    This program features speakers who are veteran elected officials or campaign organizers/support staff from all parties, all of whom are coming together at this non-partisan event to share practical skills and first-hand experiences.

    Due to the tremendous success of last year's event format and location, this year's Women's Campaign School will be held in the Chambers of the Legislative Assembly of BC in beautiful Victoria, BC. In this inspirational setting participants will learn the building blocks of running a campaign from our seasoned experts. They will then have the opportunity to practice their new skills by developing and presenting their own campaign plans to presenters for feedback. 

    Tickets:

    Can't do the full weekend program? No sweat! We have single day tickets available, as well as early bird (until May 31st!), student and volunteer rates (limit of 10 volunteers). 

    Payment for registration is not tax deductible. 

    Please note: Entrance into the Legislative Assembly is free for all visitors; registration and payment is only require to participate in Campaign School.

     

    Schedule of Events:

    Opening Reception on Friday June 10 from 7-8:30pm.  

    All day sessions on Saturday June 11 from 9am-5pm.

    Morning sessions on Sunday June 12 from 9am-1pm.

    All events take place at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

    501 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 2LB

     

    Please do not park in the parking lots behind the Legislative Assembly. These spots are not available to visitors to the Legislative Assembly and your vehicle may be towed. There are numerous parking lots operated by Robbins Parking in the vicinity.

    Friday June 10, 2016

    7:00-8:30pm

    Wine and Cheese in the Reception Hall

    Come meet and mingle with the WCS registrants, Canadian Women Voters Congress Board members, speakers and distinguished guests.

     

    Saturday June 11, 2016

    Location: the chambers of the Legislative Assembly.

    Remember: No “bare arms”, no photography or recording and no food or beverages allowed.

    Doors open at 8:30am

     

    9:00 – 9:15am

    Opening Remarks with Board Members from the Canadian Women Voters Congress

    There are unlimited opportunities for women to personally connect with the political process. Meet some of the amazing women behind the Women’s Campaign School.

     

    9:15am -10:00am

    Making the Decision to Run

    For many women, the hardest part of entering politics is making the decision to run. Whether you are thinking of running locally or federally, learn from current MLA’s what prompted them to seek elected office.

    Host: Monique Goffinet Miller

    Speakers: Carole James (MLA, Victoria-Beacon Hill) and Shari Lukens

     

    10:00 – 10:40am

    Seeking the Nomination

    Whether you need to compete against others or are acclaimed, getting the endorsement of a political party as it’s candidate in an election in a specific riding is serious business. Learn how to seek and secure a party’s nomination and get both its name and yours on the ballot.

    Host: Raj Sihota

    Speaker: Jackie Tegart (MLA, Fraser Nicola)

     

    10:40am-11am –Coffee Break sponsored by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region

     

    11:00am – 11:30am

    Campaigning and Managing the Rural Riding

    The rural riding presents it’s own challenges –long distances, multiple offices and differing political needs.

    Host: Sal Bhullar

    Speaker: Linda Larson (MLA, Boundary – Similkameen)

     

    11:30-12:15pm

    Communications and Debate Preparation

    Learning how to communicate your message to voters and the media can be challenging for even the most seasoned politicians.

    Host: Raj Sihota

    Speaker: Whitney Brown and Pat Bugera

     

    12:15pm-1:15pm. Lunch break and Optional Tour of the Legislative Assembly

    A boxed lunch will be provided.  Use this as a chance to catch some fresh air, mingle with other guests or make phone calls.

     

    1:15-2:00pm

    Fundraising

    Asking for money can sometimes be harder than asking for a vote. Learn the skills needed to gain the financial foundation needed for a successful campaign.

    Host: Sal Bhullar

    Speaker: Mani Deol-Fallon

     

    2:00pm-3:00pm

    Get out the Vote (GOTV) and Voter ID

    You can only win if the people vote for you. Sonia is passionate about Voter ID and GOTV and will help you identify the voters AND what you need to do to draw them to the polls on voting day.

    Host: Monique Goffinet Miller

    Speaker: Sonia Theroux

     

    3:00pm-3:30pm - Coffee Break sponsored by the Canadian Women Voters Congress.

    3:30pm-4:30pm

    Connecting with your Riding

    Our formidable Speaker of the Legislative Assembly will tell you how to connect with your riding!

    Host: Sal Bhullar

    Speakers: Hon. Linda Reid, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

     

    4:30pm – 5:00pm

    Group Photo on the Library Steps

    Optional individual photos.

     

    5:00pm – 6:00pm

    Reception hosted by Equal Voice.

     

    Sunday June 12, 2015

    Location: Ned Debeck Room

     9:00 – 10:30am

    My first 60 days in Office.

    Congratulations, you won! Now what?

    Host: Monique Goffinet Miller

    Speakers: Jane Thornthwaite, (MLA, North Vancouver – Seymour), Marianne Alto (Councillor, Victoria) and Michelle Rempel (MP, Calgary Nose Hill)

     

    10:30-11am

    Presentation Skills

    For many people, the thought of public speaking is scarier than jumping off a cliff. Learn from a seasoned elected official and professional business coach how to get over your fears of speaking in public.

    Host: Jane Vermeulen

    Speakers: Margaret Page

     

    11am -12:30pm

    Campaign Plan Preparation

    Use the skills you have learned this weekend to develop a campaign plan! With the help of our campaign experts, you will leave with the tools needed to start your adventure in politics.

    12:30 – 1pm

    Closing remarks and graduation!

    Hotel Information:

    We have not partnered with a hotel as many of our participants do not require overnight stay. But for those of you requiring hotel information:

    Grand Pacific Hotel - beside the Legislative Assembly  

    http://www.hotelgrandpacific.com

    Youth Hostel within walking distance - "Hi Hostel"

    http://www.hihostels.ca/westerncanada/166/HI-Victoria.hostel

    Or, go to "Tourism Victoria" and check out all the hotels. Remember - we are NOT located near the airport or ferry. Look for DOWNTOWN Victoria hotels.

    http://www.tourismvictoria.com/hotels/ 

     

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 17 rsvps
    YWCA Vancouver in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    2016 Annual General Meeting & Social

    The Board of Directors of the Canadian Women Voters Congress hereby gives notice that the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 6:30pm at YWCA Metro Vancouver, 535 Hornby St , Vancouver BC in Meeting Room 1 (4th floor) for the following purposes:

    • To receive the annual report from the board
    • To receive annual financial statements
    • To elect the board of directors 

    Doors open at 6:15pm. All interested people are welcome to attend though only members are able to vote on Society business.  

    The venue is wheelchair accessible, and children are welcome to join you.

    The meeting will be followed by a social at The Blackbird Public House,  905 Dunsmuir St at 7:15 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

    RSVP for by Monday, September 5th.

  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 09:00 AM · $25.00 CAD · 40 rsvps
    Richmond City Hall in Richmond, BC, Canada

    Professional Development Day @ Richmond City Hall

    *This event was rescheduled from May 14th*

    Are you interested in running for elected office, or supporting someone running for elected office but have unanswered questions? Do you want to meet like-minded women who are interested in taking on leadership positions in their community? 

    We invite all self-identified women to join us on September 24th from 9am-1pm at Richmond City Hall for a professional development day! You will have the opportunity to hear from four women with a wealth of knowledge and experience in elected office. 

    This four hour event will include short presentations by each of our speakers, followed by break-out sessions in smaller groups with the opportunity for attendees to ask their most burning questions on selected topics. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Our speakers include:

    • Linda McPhail, City Councillor, Richmond
    • Hon. Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East
    • Linda Barnes, Past City Councillor, Richmond
    • Laura Sparrow, Assistant to the Chief, Musqueam Nation

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Balancing life & politics
    • Challenges women face/experience
    • Reflections on being elected/ Art of the possible
    • Experiences as a City Councillor