October Dinner Meeting Inspires Advocacy To Action

October Dinner Meeting Inspires Advocacy To Action

The BPW Langley October dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 21st was a sold-out evening packed with inspiration, global news and business. This was the second in the BPW Langley 2015/16 “From Advocacy To Action” series.

Highlights from the evening

BPW Canada Past President Jill Worobec (and BPW Langley charter member) gave us an update into the current work that BPW International and National have been doing to help women. Jill also spoke about some of the history of BPW such as BPW Calgary founding member Nellie McClung, who was also member of the “Famous Five”. The Famous Five were instrumental in the landmark legal decision made for Canadian women on October 18, 1929, when women were legally recognized as “persons” under British common law.

85th Anniversary Celebrations of BPW International
BPW Langley member, Margo Almond just returned from the celebrations held October 9 – 11th at Parliament in Valletta, Malta. She talked about her experience there and a brief summary of some of the incredible work BPW has done since the 1930’s. We are so fortunate to have such a fantastic resource over the years. Today BPW International has clubs in 100+ countries across 6 continents. BPW holds a very prestigious category status at the United Nations – a position that has been held since 1947. Notable Canadian members of the BPW include Emily Carr, Kim Campbell (former Prime Minister of Canada), Mobina Jaffer, Roberta Bondar and Rita Johnston (former Premiere of BC).

BPW Langley Member mini-spotlight
Susan Friesen of eVision Media gave a brief and informative overview on Social Media with a focus on using LinkedIn for marketing and networking online. A special offer exclusive to our members and guests was announced for her new LinkedIn webinar course.

Guest Speaker, Tara Teng brought tears to our eyes
Tara Teng is a TV host, Miss World Canada 2012, a human rights activist, a World Vision ambassador and works with various organizations around the world to combat gender-based violence and human trafficking. She is a voice for justice, love and mercy worldwide and held the audience spellbound with her extraordinary stories of oppression and miracles she has experienced in her work to end slavery and violence against women and children. Tara spoke about how one person can make a difference and cited several movements that have started in BC – even by our own Langley citizens – that have made a huge impact globally. This evening was Tara Teng’s first impression of BPW and she expressed how amazed and inspired she was with the breadth and scope of the organization and how much work has been done over the many years and continues to be done for victims and people in need all over the world.

We welcome you to join us as we continue our Advocacy To Action Dinner Meeting Series on November 18th
BPW Langley meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Sandman Signature Hotel Langley, 8828 201 Street. The guest speaker for the November dinner meeting will be Jill Worobec, BPW Canada past president and BPW International past VP.

Photo From Left to Right: Guest Speaker, Tara Teng and BPW Langley President Deanna Evertt