Kelowna mayor joins International Women's Day discussion panel at UBC Okanagan

Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd is one of four women participating in UBC Okanagan's March 8 International Women's Day panel discussion about the aspirations and realities of today's women.

Joining Mayor Shepherd on the panel are Jacqueline Foley, Hydrogeologist with Golder Associates, Pauline Terbasket, Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, and Gwen Anderson, UBC Okanagan Nursing Professor. UBC Okanagan graduate student Natasha Neumann is moderator for the discussion.

"We are very excited about this panel of accomplished women," says UBC Okanagan Human Rights and Equity Advisor Marie Molloy. "These women bring a wealth of experience, wisdom and passion about the work they do from a variety of perspectives. They are very admirable role models in their chosen careers and are sure to offer some important insights into the aspirations and realities of today's women."

Having It All: Aspirations and Realities of Today's Women takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. in UBC Okanagan's Arts Building ART 103 on Thursday, March 8. The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

International Women's Day was first observed in 1911, and has become a global day of events intended to honour women's advancement and recognize continuing challenges.

A variety of other activities at UBC Okanagan are planned for the afternoon of March 8. These include:

A presentation on Women in Sports by student athlete Sarah Knipe, All-Canadian basketball player and UBC Okanagan nursing student (from 2:15 to 3 p.m. in Arts Building ART 103).

Guest speaker Lindsey Davis is presenting a research talk entitled Great Expectations: the Well-Being of Youth in a Globalized Society. Davis is a senior researcher with the specialist youth research division at Synovate, one of the world’s largest market intelligence firms. The “eco-conscience” of youth and young women under stress are recent studies she has been involved with (3:15 to 4 p.m. in Arts Building ART 103).

Award-winning documentary photojournalist Wendell Phillips shares images of women he has captured from around the world in a project titled, Women in the Global Community. Phillips features images from East Africa to polar Greenland, and from Post-tsunami recovery in Banda Aceh to Macedonia. There's no admission fee but donations to the Kelowna Women's Resource Centre are encouraged. This special presentation is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Student Services Centre Lecture Theatre SSC 026.

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