BPW Langley News October 2015

by | Oct 23, 2015 | BPW Langley Newsletter

BPW Langley News

Starting Off The New Season with Action!

BPW Langley launched the new “From Advocacy To Action Series” in September with The Honourable Sue Hammell, MLA as the guest speaker for the September 16th Dinner Meeting. In October, Tara Teng, Canadian Model, human rights activist, blogger, public speaker and television presenter will be the guest speaker.

BPW is mainly an advocacy group, preparing resolutions and presenting them in the form of a brief to the appropriate Provincial and National Government Ministers and to the Opposition Critics.

As a newly chartered club in 2014, we have been learning about BPW, growing our club and discovering what we would like to do as a club. The Langley club has chosen Violence Against Women as it’s priority theme and, of course, this would include any barriers to Women’s Equality.

BPW monthly dinner meetings are at 6 pm on the 3rd Wednesday, except for December when the meeting is on the 2nd Wednesday. There are no meetings in July & August. RSVP/email to: or visit our website for more information.



Tara Teng
Canadian Model, human rights activist, blogger, public speaker and television presenter

Tara Teng was named Miss BC World in 2010, Miss Canada in 2011, and Miss World Canada in 2012, despite withdrawing from the corresponding swimsuit competitions. Teng works as an abolitionist against human trafficking, using various social media to raise awareness to her cause.

Jill Worobec
BPW International 2nd Vice President, Membership Chair

Jill travels worldwide on behalf of BPW International and will be back from the BPW North American Regional Congress on November 6-8, 2015 hosted at the Westin Grand Caymen Seven Mile Beach Resort. Jill will have the latest exciting news from BPW and give an exciting presentation on the global aspect of BPW. She will show us how we can create resolutions, lobby the government and use our ties with Bpw Canada and international to get results for women in our communities.

BPW Langley 2nd Annual Christmas Social & Silent Auction

Last year’s event was a huge success! We raised over $700 for the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope. With another year under our belt, we are expecting an even bigger and better event this year and 1st Vice President Tracy Scanks is leading the way for us. Come join us for a fabulous evening ? all for a good cause. Husbands, friends and guests are all invited too!


Advocacy Group Meeting
@ 6 ? 7 pm Murrayville Town Pub, 22070 48a Ave. Langley

A special group of ‘movers and shakers’ meet for about one hour per month on the issue of Violence Against Women & Children. Our dynamic leader is 1st Vice president, Tracy Scanks. Everyone is invited to attend or help out in any way you can. If you are interested email: or connect with her at one of our dinner meetings. You will be contacted regarding the date of the meeting each month.

The Honourable Mary Polak
MLA, Langley

Mary Polak is currently vice-chair of the Environment and Land Use Committee, and is a member of the Cabinet Working Group on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and the Priorities and Planning Committee. Previously, she served as the Minister of Children and Family Development and Responsible for Child Care, and Minister of Aboriginal Relations.

Daphne Branham
Columnist, Vancouver Sun

Daphne Branham has been a columnist at The Vancouver Sun since 2000. She is a three-time winner of the Beyond Borders Media Award for her investigative work on the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C. and for a series on sex tourism in Cambodia. Her book on Bountiful – The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s Polygamous Mormon Sect – was published in 2008 by Random House and was a finalist for three national non-fiction book awards.

BPW Underwear Fundraiser

Our advocacy group is still in the planning stages with this event. If you have some ideas to help the evening, we welcome you to join our committee. It will be a fun evening that will give ‘support’ to women in our community. Panties, bras, stockings, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories to add to the clothing we have collected. We will also continue to collect gently used suits and career apparel at our dinner meetings between now and then.


Celebrating 85 Years!
In August 2015 BPW Canada celebrated its 85th anniversary. Since 1930, BPW Canada has worked steadfastly to improve the economic, political, social and employment conditions of women by developing their professional and leadership potential through education, awareness, advocacy and mentorship.

The Federation is a non-sectarian, non-partisan and non-profit organization that comprises of almost 40 clubs and 600 members across the nation. As part of an International Federation, which has Consultative 1 Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, BPW Canada takes immense pride in its strong history and legacy.

BPW Canada Vice President Appointed to Committee by Ontario’s Minister of Labour
Linda David, Vice President for Resolutions has been appointed one of the four advisors to the government’s new Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee by Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn. We couldn’t be more proud and excited.

Advocate for Women’s Empowerment Honoured by United Nations
Sheila Crook, a proud member of BPW Canada’s Bowmanville chapter, has been named by UN Women as one of its Global Champions for Womens’s Economic Empowerment. We at BPW Canada feel blessed to have Sheila as one of our members and will support her in any way we can on this new endeavor.
Photo: BPW Bowmanville member Sheila Crook (left) with International’s Past President, Freda Miriklis and Canada’s Past President, Doris Hall (right).

Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary ? General
We have had 8 male S-Gs and our 9th should be a woman! has launched a campaign to do just that and we strongly encourage each and every one of you to sign on. Visit to learn more about the campaign and join it now! We can do this!