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Women’s Collective Hosts a Fireside Chat with Jill Earthy

Monday, October 15th, 2018 — 11:21am PDT
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Women’s Collective is a series of inspirational Fireside Chats, the first of which will take place on October 30th with Jill Earthy, Head of Growth at Female Funders in conversation with Lien Yeung of CBC. The Fireside Chats are a new series of volunteer driven, inclusive community events, with proceeds going to women’s charities in the Lower Mainland.


Founded by Maninder Dhaliwal, President & CEO Lions Gate International, the focus of the event series is real career and life advice for women from real people.

“Our speakers are successful and accomplished females who’ve lived the advice they are offering, and men who have earned the right to be on our stage by being champions of diversity and inclusion, and having a track record of supporting, and mentoring women.”

Fireside Chat with Jill Earthy

Best Advice I Ever Got: Life and Career Lessons
Where: Launch Academy (300-128 W Hastings, Vancouver)
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 76:00pm to 7:30pm
Tickets: Available online now for $25

Jill Earthy is the Head of Growth for Female Funders and Founders (powered by Highine BETA). She was formerly the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr. She is a community leader and active mentor, currently serving on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), and as Board Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre in BC. She is Co-Founder of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 Women’s Business networks in BC and Co-Chairs the annual We for She Conference in Vancouver supporting the economic advancement of women.

Jill is well recognized for her contributions to the community and has won numerous awards including most recently the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion award as a Community Champion and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Wendy McDonald award as a Community Catalyst.

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to this inaugural Women’s Collective event. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, October 26, 2018. Follow Women’s Collective on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #wmncollective #sheforshe for more information about upcoming shows.

Ride a 60-Foot Ferris Wheel in Downtown Vancouver for Variety BC

Friday, October 12th, 2018 — 1:15pm PDT
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Variety – the Children’s Charity and Global BC are excited to announce that Variety Week’s Wrap Party happening at Robson Square on Friday, October 26, 2018 will feature for the first time ever in downtown Vancouver, a 60-foot tall Ferris Wheel. Experience the amazing panoramic views of the city from up high above while helping BC kids with special needs.

Ride a 60-Foot Ferris Wheel in Downtown Vancouver

Where: Robson Square (800 block of Robson St, Vancouver)
Admission: Rides will be by donation to Variety BC.
When: Friday, October 26, 2018 starting at 12:00pm through to the 6:00pm Global News Hour live broadcast at 6:00pm.

Throughout the week’s newscasts, Global BC viewers will be introduced to families who Variety has helped this year. In addition, viewers will learn how to set up their own fundraising page online allowing individuals, groups and corporate teams to connect with friends, families and colleagues in support of children with special needs and their families province-wide.

Variety WeekVariety’s core grant areas range from mobility programs and life-saving medical equipment to specialized therapies, mental wellness and educational programs and bursaries for learning disabilities.

Donations throughout Variety Week (October 22-26, 2018) can be made by calling toll-free at 310-KIDS as well as online at variety.bc.ca or by texting “KIDS” to 45678 to make an automatic $20 contribution.

You can also donate to my personal fundraising page for Variety here »

For more information about Variety BC follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends providing direct help to children with special needs in BC. For over 50 years, Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. Since 2010, Variety has distributed more than $30 million in funding to families and organizations in communities all across the province.

Miss604’s Rebecca Bollwitt is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC.

Fall in Love with Victoria This Autumn

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 — 2:51pm PDT
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The beautiful gardens and groves that make Victoria a multi-coloured paradise of blossoms in the springtime also help turn it into an autumnal paradise in October and November.

Fairmont Empress

Cool ocean breezes, blankets of crunchy leaves underfoot in Beacon Hill Park, a fire burning in your B&B’s wood stove or cozy hotel lobby, a pint of local cider or piping hot Empress tea, and pulling on your gumboots for a spooky walking tour. In case you need any more inspiration to book a trip to Victoria this autumn, here are some special events, attractions, and activities to pique your interest:

Autumn Events in Victoria

Art of the Cocktail
October 13, 2018
Art of The Cocktail is the biggest cocktail party on the island! With over 900 attendees, 40 exhibitors & over 60 spirits being served, AoC brings the party to the heart of Victoria for an unforgettable festival of tasting, masterclasses and fun.


Stein and Dine
October 20, 2018
Victoria‘s own Oktoberfest! Hosted by the Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop in the Victoria Public Market, enjoy live entertainment, games, accordion music, Oktoberfest dancers, lederhosen contest, beard and braid contest, beer pong, giant Jenga, prize wheel and more. Stein & Dine is also a community oriented event, they give 10% of the ticket sales back to MOVE Adapted Fitness and Rehabilitation Society of BC.

Autumn Themed Activities

Corn Stalks

Pendray Farms Corn Maze
Until October 29, 2018
You can wander over 10km of trails through 14 acres of corn at the largest maze on Vancouver Island! Trek through the small or large maze – or both – then enjoy kettle corn at the concession. Don’t miss Pendray’s corn pit and Pendray’s barrel-train ride.

Ghostly Walk Tours
I do this tour every time I’m in Victoria! It combines local history with an informative walking tour, and of course spooky, spine-tingling tales. Visit the site of historic events, admire the architecture of Government Street, and see city landmarks in a whole new light. From the ramparts of the Fairmont Empress to Rogers Chocolates, the city’s best storytellers will share spirited accounts.

Whale Watching
Located on the rugged southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is an ideal launching point for your whale watching adventure in the Salish Sea. Book with Eagle Wing, Prince of Whales, Orca Spirit, Spring Tide, or Five Star and choose your wildlife adventure tour.

Goldstream Park waterfall 1

Watching the Salmon Run at Goldstream Provincial Park
Ranked as one of the most Instagrammable places in Greater Victoria, Goldstream Provincial Park is even more stunning when its leafy canopy changes colour. It’s at this time of year that you can watch the salmon run and see salmon spawning – a wonderful feat of nature just 16km from Downtown Victoria.

For Foodies in Victoria

Sea Cider

Tour Local Craft Brewers/Wineries
Victoria is the Craft Beer Capital of BC and home to Canada’s first brewpub, Spinnakers. The city’s variety of unique producers are famous for locally made beers, ciders, wines and spirits.

High Tea at the Empress
Enjoy the royal treatment by partaking in England’s most beloved ritual at the legendary Fairmont Empress. I have enjoyed tea after shopping with a girlfriend by the fire in the grand Empress Room, and have ordered the Princess Tea for my niece during a family sightseeing getaway.

Fairmont Empress

Whatever the occasion, there’s always scones, pastries, clotted creams and strawberry preserves with fresh lavender from the rooftop herb garden served to your table on a three tier tray. Let’s not forget about the tea! 21 loose leafs teas are on offer, and whenever I’m in town I pick up a box of my mother’s favourite, the Empress Blend tea, from the hotel’s gift shop.

Stay a While

Do something extraordinary this autumn, and book you trip to Victoria including a stay at one of the city’s lovely accommodations. From B&Bs and historic hotels, to boutique or resort offerings just steps from the capitol.

Follow Destination Greater Victoria on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #ExploreVictoria to plan your next adventure.

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, October 11th, 2018 — 9:08am PDT
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Oktoberfest, fall colours in the park, shows, markets and more! Autumn is in full swing and there are plenty of fun things to do in Vancouver this weekend:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend - Autumn

Friday, October 12, 2018
Oktoberfest at the Alpen Club
The Y2K Party: The City’s Biggest 2000s Dance Party
Sharon & Bram and Friends 40th Anniversary Farewell Tour
Family Paint Night
I’m a Hippy: Fundraising Gala for BCCHF
F Cancer Vancouver
Savour Fall Food Festival
Fan Expo Vancouver
The Great Big Boo, Richmond
West Coast Women’s Show
Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex Grand Opening Weekend
Vancouver International Improv Festival
Théâtre la Seizième Presents Baby-Sitter
Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO
Vancouver International Film Festival
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tour
Sweeney Todd The Musical
MASH by Tim Kelly

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Goran Bregović at the Chan Centre: Win Tickets

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 — 4:37pm PDT
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The Chan Centre presents Balkan composer and bandleader Goran Bregović and His Wedding and Funeral Band on October 21st. Drawing on the traditional Balkan rhythms and soulful Romani folk tunes of his homeland, Bregović makes his Chan Centre debut in this exclusive, sold-out evening with a program of all-time favourites and new songs from his latest album, Three Letters from Sarajevo.

Goran Bregović at the Chan Centre

Goran Bregović at the Chan Centre

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)
Tickets: SOLD OUT!

The charismatic artist is “a musical spectacle unlike anything else on North American stages” (San Francisco Chronicle) and has collaborated with such greats as Iggy Pop, Cesária Évora, and Asaf Avidan.

Throughout his career, Bregović has remained unmistakably Balkan with his uplifting and eclectic melodies. For almost 20 years, Bregović and his Wedding and Funeral Band, which varies in size from nine to 19 depending on the occasion, have been on a never-ending world tour that so far has included more than 1,000 shows. Demonstrating the unique tone and multicultural influences in his work, Bregović’s concerts are known for being triumphant affairs that emphasize a love of music that is undeniably intoxicating.

Performing for the first time at the Chan Centre, Bregović and his Wedding and Funeral Band will play a selection of all-time favourites, such as Bella Ciao and Presidente, alongside new songs like Baila Leila and Pero from Three Letters from Sarajevo. A meeting place for Muslims, Christians, and Jews before the Balkan Wars, the city of Sarajevo has influenced Bregović’s music throughout his career.

In this new album, Bregović celebrates his birthplace and its cultural history with a mixture of foot-stomping percussion and haunting Bulgarian, Georgian, and Corsican chants for a night of jubilant sounds and lively entertainment.

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The Chan Centre has offered up two tickets for a lucky Miss604 reader to see Goran Bregovic. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Monday, October 15, 2018. Follow The Chan Centre on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information about upcoming shows.

Dress for Success Vancouver’s Success Luncheon

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 — 3:41pm PDT
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Dress for Success Vancouver (“DFSV”) will host their 6th annual Success Luncheon on November 14th in order to celebrate the Dress for Success community of sponsors, supporters, ambassadors and champions.

Dress for Success Vancouver’s Success Luncheon

When: Wednesday November 14, 2018 from 11:15am to 1:30pm
Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver (39 Smithe St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Individual tickets are available for $150. Tables of 10 available for $1,500.

Dress for Success Vancouver's Success Luncheon

The event will feature speakers Mary Jo Dionne, Dress for Success Client Ambassador Geraldine Roxas and returning to MC the event is Fiona Forbes.

Geraldine will also be awarded the DFSV Inspiration Award, acknowledging her journey and achievements with the support of Dress for Success programs. The Success Luncheon is an annually anticipated opportunity to bring together the organization’s corporate supporters and share the work the achievements of the organisation over the past year.

Mary Jo Dionne, this year’s keynotes is an award winning writer, speaker and philanthropist. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, has appeared on CBC, Global TV and is a repeat guest on Vancouver’s Breakfast Television. She has openly shared her and her Mother’s story overcoming poverty, circumstance and challenges and the frame of mind that led them to success. Her messages are clear and expertly delivered with warmth and humility. Mary Jo has also spoken at Sir Richard Branson’s home on Necker Island.

In addition to the keynote and award presentation, guests will networking, meet with speakers and local corporate supporters across sectors and enjoy a plated lunch. Raffles tickets and opportunities to sponsor a DFSV woman will be available.

About Dress for Success Vancouver

Dress for Success Vancouver is a registered charity committed to empowering women into the workforce by providing professional attire, career development tools and a career advancement program. An affiliate of the international organization Dress for Success, DFSV was established in 1999 as the first international affiliate and has served over 30,000 women in the Lower Mainland.

Follow Dress for Success Vancouver on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info.

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