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JIBC International Women's Day

JIBC New Westminster
March 6, 2020 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Justice Institute of British Columbia celebrates International Women's Day with a special event featuring food, entertainment, trivia, prizes, inspiring speakers, auction and more!

Our Time, Our Journey 

Please join us on Friday, March 6, 2020, for the JIBC annual International Women's Day Celebration. This event will provide a forum for the JIBC community to continue the dialogue around women in public safety and social justice from strategies to support gender parity to celebrating accomplished women in the field. The forum will be interactive with many opportunities for networking and dialogue.

The event will take place at JIBC Theater, 715 McBride Blvd, from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, and will feature appetizers, entertainment, trivia and prizes, inspiring speakers, a silent auction and more!

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you!



Heidi Cave is an author, mother and motivational speaker. She is devoted to coffee, family, TV and all things lemon; she feels that all of these things are vital to a fulfilling life. You can learn more about Heidi at heidicave.com. You will find her memoir Fancy Feet: Turning my Tragedy into Hope in bookstores and Amazon.

Lynda Montis: Lynda is an internationally recognized motivational speaker and entrepreneur. She draws on her formal training as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a specialty in weight management. Lynda is currently presenting motivational workshops to patients at the Obesity Medicine and Diabetes Institute and she is passionate to share numerous tips on ways to improve both lifespan (living longer) and health span (living better). She will be focusing on ways to age with purpose, mobility, vibrancy and joy.

Detective Sandy Avelar & Detective Anisha Parhar (Her Time Initiative)

Detective Sandy Avelar has served for over 20 years with the police department, including tours in Vice, Organized Crime Section Gang Crime Unit, she devoted the majority of her career to youth and gang work and sits on the board of directors for the Boys Club Network. Sandy is the co-founder of “Her Time”, an anti-gang initiative for females.

Detective Anisha Parhar is in her tenth year with her police department. Anisha is currently working within the Organized Crime Section Gang Crime Unit.  Anisha is the co-founder of “Her Time”, an anti-gang initiative for females and has presented “Her Time” at the National Gang Crime Research Center’s annual conference in Chicago, IL.

Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie was appointed an Associate Chief Judge for a two year term in April 2016 and re-appointed for a three year term in April 2018. A member of the Board of Directors of the Justice Education Society, she has participated in a Justice Education Society project to strengthen the criminal justice system in Guyana.

Meredith Graham is a proud young person from government care, a spoken word artist, a youth advisor with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, a youth worker, and an advocate for systems change especially inside our child welfare system, mental health system, and educational institutions. She journeys with five mental illnesses and weaves those stories into her mental health and spoken-word workshop facilitating, keynote presenting, and consulting. She is a recipient of the Coast Mental Health’s 2016 Courage to Come Back Award in the Social Adversity category. Meredith believes in the power, possibility, and responsibility of community in becoming instruments in a person’s symphony of resiliency.

Inspector Colleen Yee
is Commander of the Youth Services Section of the Vancouver Police Department. In 2013, Colleen created the VPD's Women's Personal Safety Workshop, the first of its kind in North America. Colleen recruited a team of female police officer volunteers to deliver the life-saving workshop more than 100 times, reaching over 3,000 women in Metro Vancouver. The workshop often helps women who are vulnerable to violence and who historically had negative perceptions and/or experiences with the police. In building trust, many have come forward to report abuse and harassment. Colleen also created a certified self-defence training program for Vancouver female police officers of all levels of seniority and experience to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence. She was recipient of the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you!

This is #ourtime, this is #ourJourney and our stories and voices need to be shared and heard.

IWD Silent Auction: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 9:30am to 1:15pm

Stop by the atrium and put a bid on some of these great items!

All funds collected go to: The Press for Progress Award provides financial support for JIBC students in eligible programs, who have contributed to changing the status quo tofoster equality and inclusivity through their community involvement.




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Last updated February 20, 2020