I am Woman conference set for March 3

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In front, from left, are Melissa Hatch, SASS executive director; Amy Brown, and in back are Nancy Sylvester, and Rony Major, from Shorteez (event sponsors), with Jimmy Kalaitzis and Sue Stewart, Variety 104.5, event sponsors.

In celebration national women’s week, the second I Am Woman Conference and Trade Show will take place on Sunday, March 3, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

For the second time, Sexual Assault Support Service for Women (SASS) will benefit from the conference which aims at providing women of our community with information, products and services, as well as an opportunity to network with other women in business.

“The majority of the donation will go towards to the public education program,” said Melissa Hatch, SASS executive director.

Hatch said that because of the demands in the community, the agency has hired on another counsellor, not funded by the government. “I Am Woman will help secure her position for the year,” she said.

“Sexual assault is a difficult subject for people to talk about and hear about and sometimes and we don’t get that extra financial support from the community. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have this event to help us out. It means so much to us to have the conference and all the people that come to help us offer services.”

The event will feature well over 50 exhibitors ranging from financial to health and wellness to lifestyle and beauty.  Organizers say what there will be something for every age group and interest.

Among the guest speakers and workshops scheduled, keynote speaker, Shanna McFarlane, will take participants on her inspiring journey “From Poverty to Profits.”

Vendors will include a variety of beauty products, candles, natural oils, cakes, baked goods, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and scarves. There will also be a fashion show and make-over reveal.

Community information booths will include financial, insurance and legal services as well as social services, such as education and victims services among other areas involving women.

Although geared to women, men are also welcome to attend, say organizers, who explain that the day is to promote women in business, their services, their products, and to celebrate their success.

Last year over 200 people attended, with the anticipation of 500 to 600 this year. For further information, visit www.iamwomanshow.ca.

Organizations: Sexual Assault Support Service for Women

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