International Women’s Day 2018 Program

“Strong Women for Change: End the Violence, Do it Now!”


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Juno Towers, Stadacona Base, Halifax


Morning Workshops:

(1)   Inner Strength Yoga (Morning) 

Renee Auffrey fell in love with the practice of yoga in 2000 and became a yoga teacher in 2003. The foundation of her practice has always been empowerment. She works with breath, movement and self-awareness, which helps us to reconnect with inner strength, both physically and spiritually.  Let’s come together for an All Levels Vinyasa Yoga Flow to help us reconnect with our OWN inner strength and awaken the Goddess within. It will be a Celebration of Sisterhood and the Divine Female Energy! To enhance your experience please bring loose comfortable clothing and a yoga mat. 

(2)   Confidence Building (Morning) 

Join Marjorie from TEAM Work Cooperative with Women's Employment Services for a workshop on Confidence Building. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss a number of techniques designed to increase confidence including assertive communication and goal setting. Topics will include the impact of confidence in women’s lives. 

(3)   Taking Charge of Your Financial Life (Morning)

You can build your own financial house - let me show you how. In this workshop with Paula Roode, she will teach you how to take charge of your financial life by balancing your budget, creating an emergency fund and reaching your financial goals.

(4) Women’s Equality for Progress (Morning)

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to understand what equality means within the workplace and in society.  Participants will explore the barriers that women have had to face when trying to achieve equality and any progress that has been made.  Participants will examine the story of Viola Desmond and be invited to look at their own experiences through an equity lens.

(5) NEW: Personal Safety (Morning)

Officers from the Halifax Regional Police will be offering a session on personal safety including tips on how to increase your self-awareness and overall safety.

Afternoon Workshops:

(6) Women Against Abuse: Stop the Violence, Do it Now! (Afternoon)

This workshop will provide an opportunity to share tools and resources to assist us in stopping Domestic Violence. We will identify what we can do to better support workers who are victims of Domestic Violence, to discuss what the union can do to better support members who are victims of Domestic Violence and to engage everyone in the development of solutions to stop the violence!

(7) Creating a Harassment Free Workplace (Afternoon)

This workshop, presented by the Joint Learning Program, will increase participants' understanding of what generally constitutes harassment. It will clarify respective roles and responsibilities of the union and the employer in creating a harassment-free workplace, and will describe some of the individual behaviours that can create conflict in the workplace and the roles and responsibilities of the parties in the complaint process. 

(8) Zumba (Afternoon) This workshop is now full, please select a different workshop

Ditch the work out and join the party! Zumba is a Latin inspired dance for fitness and feels more like a party than a work out. Come join Zumba certified instructor Donna Langille to get your Zumba on. No previous experience necessary!  You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this class.

(9) Child Care (Afternoon)

Christine Saulnier, NS Director at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives knows that our current approach for Early Learning Child Care (ELCC) system is not working. Come to this workshop to learn about an efficient, reliable, affordable and quality ELCC and what we can do to help make it happen.

We look forward to seeing you there!