Salmon Arm celebrates International Women’s Day

Paige Hilland with the SAFE Society MC’s the early celebration of International Women’s Day at the Shuswap Pie Company on March 5. When thanking everyone for their support, she said it’s important to continue to mark the day and to ask important questions about equality. She closed with the saying: “Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Gina Johnny and Marilyne Johnny take time out for a photo in front of the “Each for Equal’ display at the Shuswap Pie Company on Thursday, March 5. International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Tori Jewell with band Making Do entertains those gathered at the Shuswap Pie Company on March 5, an advance celebration of International Women’s Day coming up on Sunday, March 8. The band received accolades for volunteering its services every year at the event for more than five years. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Jim Hilland makes the sign for equality in support of women during the celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday evening, March 5 put on by the SAFE Society at the Shuswap Pie Company. Officially, International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Dee Lewis speaks at the International Women’s Day event at the Shuswap Pie Company on March 5 about the theme equality and how her daughter Kim, who passed away several years ago, made the grade in a man’s world, using courage and determination to overcome obstacles and achieve great things. The event was put on by the SAFE Society. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Dan Murray and his young son Theo visit the Shuswap Pie Company on March 5 to support the celebration of International Women’s Day at the annual event put on by the SAFE Society. This year’s theme was about equality: ‘Each for Equal.’ (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

International Women’s Day is officially on March 8, but the Okanagan-Shuswap has started celebrating this week.

In Salmon Arm, recognition of the day started on Thursday, March 5, with a coffeehouse-style event. Organized by the SAFE Society and hosted by the Shuswap Pie Company, the intimate night was full of music, stories and good company.

SAFE Society’s executive director Jane Shirley said International Women’s Day is an important reminder that while we have come a long way in terms of gender equality, there’s still more work to do.

But it’s also a time to celebrate women who have made an impact.

“It’s a time to celebrate your aunt, your grandma, someone in your past, a friend who has mentored you through thick or thin,” Shirley said.

“We encourage you to come forward and celebrate that person in your life, to say how meaningful they are, because there are lots of people who don’t get the recognition they need because they have so many things going on in their lives.”

Dee Lewis spoke at the event and said the most important thing is to look for the good in other people, and to encourage that goodness.

“It’s so important to nurture that greatness because I think we’ve all had someone in our lives that’s been profound and influential…,” she said.

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Twila Amato
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