Join us on Giving Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015 and be inspired by women leaders helping to make a difference in our community. The Giving Tuesday Breakfast is hosted by Carolyne Taylor of yoUnlimited with opening remarks by Patricia Jelinski of the United Way and closing remarks by Brenda Canitz of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

On Tuesday, Dec 1, we will welcome panel members who will speak to their own journey to support women via their personal and professional experiences and share with us how to get involved. We will open up for a question and answer period and attendees will have a chance to network with each other as well.

Panel Members

Brenda Canitz is the President of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Victoria Chapter, which counts 250 members and is known as one of the country’s strongest voices for the education and empowerment of women. She exemplifies how an academic background can be maximized for social change, as she applies her Master of Science and Bachelor of Nursing, to positive research in policy and practice, and as an adjunct professor at UVic in the School of Public Health and Social Policy.

Patricia Jelinski is the CEO of United Way Greater Victoria, which is the region’s second largest funder of social services, next to government, in the CRD. She brings over 15 years of senior executive leadership to the organization through her work in the private, public and non-profit sectors where she has successfully led business and fund development, community investment and brand building with groups such as the Edmonton Oilers and BCIT to name two examples.

Christine Kenwood is the Executive Director for 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre.

Victoria Pruden has been the Executive Director, of Bridges for Women Society since 2012, and has worked for the society for over 10 years in various roles. She has presented to many groups, community partners, and sister agencies about Bridges’ trauma-informed programs and the specialized work that Bridges does creating a legacy of transformative change. She is very proud of Bridges’ strong community partnership with First Nations in W’SANEC, our expanded locations in Langford and Sooke, and the dynamic changes in Bridges programs to be responsive to the needs of women in community. Victoria has over 17 years of experience in group facilitation, adult education, public speaking, non-profit directorship and management, and healing work in First Nations and Métis communities. Victoria has also worked as an Instructor at Camosun College in the Department of Indigenous Studies, a Provincial Director and Negotiator for the Métis Nation British Columbia, and is an alumni of the United Way Public Policy Institute identified as one of BC’s emerging non-profit leaders. She is also the President, Métis Nation Greater Victoria.

Makenna Rielly, MA is the Executive Director for the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society and Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years with an emphasis in ending violence against women, and has a strong commitment to providing needed services to survivors of violence and their families, supporting prevention education, and building public awareness. Additionally, Makenna is a committed ally to work with marginalized communities that do not access mainstream services. For example the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is working collaboratively with members from the trans community to make the Centre more accessible to trans survivors of sexual assault to receive needed services and support.

Proceeds of this event will be used to create a yoUnlimited Grant through the United Way and funds will be directed to supporting women’s programs.

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7:30 am to 7:45 am – Mix and Mingle
7:45 am to 7:50 am – Welcoming
7:50 am to 8:20 am – Breakfast Buffet
8:20 am to 8:50 am – 3 panelists (7 minutes each)
8:50 am to 9:20 am – Q&A
9:20 am to 9:30 am – wrap – up