Sometimes their life stories haunt my dreams. Weaving tales of pain and sorrow, along with immense strength, resilience, and inspiration. I awake with lingering sadness, feelings of inadequacy, or fresh ideas of how to deal positively with my own situation. As I reflect upon the amazing caregiving stories that Elk Valley women have shared when they reached out for support, I am reminded of a quote from Dr Victor Frankl. 

Fernie is a community that is full of strong, fierce, and dynamic women and girls—and that’s something to celebrate! 

International Women’s Day is an annual opportunity advocate for women and girls around the world. It’s a time to disrupt gender bias and dig a little deeper into what we really mean by gender equality. 

I’ve dedicated my life to the advancement, fulfillment, and empowerment of the outdoor women’s community. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned along the way. 

Event Date(s): 
Friday, March 10, 2023

Nordica has gathered a group of incredible women with unique perspectives on ski culture based on their experience within the outdoor industry, ski/snowboard brands, and as lovers of the sport.

They will explore the women's experience from the shop to the mountain and how we, as a community, can create a better sense of belonging for women in skiing. This is a FREE event that comes with 2 FREE drink tickets plus chances to WIN awesome prizes from Nordica, GearHub, Le Bon Pain and Fernie Distillers.

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, March 11, 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm

Join SheJumps and Fernie Alpine Resort to celebrate International Women's Day on March 11, 2023!

Join SheJumps on March 11th at Fernie Alpine Resort for a day of skiing and snowboarding with a supportive women's community.

They'll be kicking the weekend off at Fernie Distillers on Friday, March 10th at 7:00pm with a panelist event hosted by Nordica. The event will be a discussion about women in sports and business and how to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone as an individual and as a community. LINK TO REGISTER COMING SOON.

The worst form of inequality is to try and make unequal things equal.

Equality implies individuality.
-Trey Anastasio

All who have died are equal.
-Comanche horseman

As I continue to celebrate women while recognizing the theme of equality this month, I am reminded that none of us are created equal. We all possess varied strengths and weaknesses, the driving elements of who we are, changing all the time. I wanted to ask some of the women in my life, “what is the best part about being a woman?”

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every day until Sun Mar 06 2022.
Friday, March 4, 2022
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Sunday, March 6, 2022

You can join from anywhere–all you need is a smartphone and to be outside, whether that’s on skis or a snowboard, on the trail, or just in your backyard or a nearby park. Earn points by completing missions to be entered to win amazing prizes. Join Get the Girls Out! with SheJumps March 4-6th.

Visit the SheJumps website for more details, including regarding the local Fernie Alpine Resort meet up happening.

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, April 8, 2021
8:00pm - 9:30pm

These Kootenay (women) entrepreneurs are taking all the risk...THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS WATCH.

Welcome to a very special edition of the Kootenay Pitch Competition where three women entrepreneurs will take the virtual stage and pitch their business for Event #3 on April 8, 2021!

From the safety of your living room, cheer on Terry Van Horn from SMRT1 Technologies, Adele Hills from Sacral Solutions and Sarah Hobbs from Karma Well, as they pitch to a panel of judges featuring local and regional investors, industry professionals, and tech experts.

During one of the many moments through motherhood when I have felt out of my depth, a good friend told me, “We can do hard things.” That stuck with me and became a bit of a mantra. And through my own experience, and in hearing other women tell their stories, I’ve come to realize just how true those five little words are. Women are warriors. We can do hard things.

I stop for a rest and look back to watch her progress. My admiration for her grows with every step she takes. She moves along the up-track slowly and methodically, eyes cast down at the path ahead. She’s slower than she used to be, but who can blame her. She is walking for two now. I wonder what thoughts are coursing through her mind. I wonder if the second heart beat in her belly beats in rhythm with her own. 

As we recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day this month, I wanted to shine a spotlight on an organization that I think is doing great work supporting female entrepreneurs and business owners. The Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) was launched as a female-led, non-profit organization in BC back in 1995. Since then, WEC has helped power women-led businesses in a variety of ways and continues to offer support and mentoring to this day.