Mothers and daughters encouraged to attend conference

  • Jan. 29, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Mothers and daughters aged 10-13 of Central Alberta are invited to the upcoming Mother Daughter Conference on Feb. 8th put on by Soroptimist International of Central Alberta.

The fun-filled day is set to include speakers, workshops, lunch, and fitness activities.

Guests can expect to take part in a self-esteem workshop, a peer pressure presentation, information on drugs and alcohol in our community, puberty, dangers and pitfalls of social media, cell phone use and online bullying.

“We found these all to be very relevant topics for girls within that age group and maybe let them know what they can expect in the next few years,” said Sherri Smith, treasurer for Soroptimist International of Central Alberta.

“We want the girls to know that they are not alone and that if they are facing issues then there is a good chance that someone else in the room may very well be facing the same issues they are.”

Mothers and daughters will also hear from guest speaker Mayor Tara Veer, whom has spoken at past mother and daughter conferences.

“The girls are always so excited to hear Mayor Veer speak and I think a lot of them really look up to her and want to find out more about her as a person,” said Smith.

“In the past Veer has spoke on issues such as bullying and how she came to find herself pursuing a career in politics.”

The conference will also present $3,000 in cash to two winners of the Women’s Opportunity Awards, with the first place winner receiving $2,000 and the second place winner receiving $1,000 to spend as they wish.

The Women’s Opportunity Awards give women the chance to make a better life for themselves and their families through increased access to education and better career opportunities.

“We’ve been doing the opportunity awards for a long time now and have helped a lot of women with that funding,” said Smith.

“There are so many women out there who could use this money to help them and their families and we encourage them to apply.”

The awards are given out under the decision of three judges in order to give women a chance they had not previously had, or may never have otherwise.

Women’s Opportunity Award applicants are those who have faced economic or social barriers, and personal hardships that have prevented them from pursuing and achieving their educational and professional goals.

Applicants must be accepted to or attending post secondary schooling such as college/university or vocational/workplace training, as well as have children or dependants.

Applications are available from the various colleges in the Central Alberta region, or by contacting Lynn Rienguette, Women’s Opportunity Awards chair, at 403-348-9707.

Applications for the awards are due Feb. 1.

For more information on the awards, the conference and Soroptimist International of Central Alberta contact Sherri Smith at 403-391-7912.

jswan@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

WATCH: Mellisa Hollingsworth highlights Special Olympics Celebrity Breakfast

Olympic Bronze Medalist from Central Alberta shared her journey with a packed house

WATCH: Over 10,000 lbs of pet food given out to help Red Deer’s vulnerable

Alberta Animal Services and Red Deer Food Bank’s Kitchen Kibble will feed hundreds

Local coalition seeks to bolster youngsters’ development

‘Strengthening Positive Assets Resiliency in Communities’ supports local families

Central Alberta Humane Society presents cat yoga

Proceeds will be used to care for the shelter animals

Innisfail RCMP respond to fatal vehicle collision

A 22-year-old driver was ejected and pronounced deceased on scene

Canada won’t ‘play politics’ on U.S. migrant children policy

The U.S. government is under fire over its ”zero tolerance” policy

Humboldt survivors to attend NHL Awards

Players say it’s a blessing to be back together again

Justice minister: marijuana still illegal for now

Driving under the influence of drugs has always been — and will remain — against the law

Crown recommends 150 years for Quebec mosque shooter

Crown lawyers say Alexandre Bissonnette deserves to receive the longest sentence in Canadian history

192 missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia

Divers are searching an Indonesian lake after a ferry sank earlier this week

No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children

A lawyer has documented more than 300 cases of adults who have been separated from a child

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Most Read