Revive, Ignite & Shine

International Women's Day 2023

As International Women’s Day approaches,
we are looking forward to gathering again to celebrate YOU on Wednesday March 8th at the Balmy Beach Club.
Join us for another spectacular night filled with inspirational speakers, innovators, change makers, empowerment coaches, and all of you.

Revive, Ignite and Shine!   

The impact of the pandemic affected us in innumerable ways.  As we rise from its effects, we seek to live our best lives.
Life is a journey of self-discovery and a search for life satisfaction, happiness, wellness, developing our vision and following our passions.

What motivates you? What are your triggers? How do you reach your potential? Live your best life?

Women of Change is delighted to welcome our amazing speakers:
Nicki Brown, Dianne Weatherby in conversation with Eva Havaris, Miranda Marschalk, Breagha Carr-Harris,  Julie Seale and Kerry-Anne Ross.

Ms. Suzanne Duncan, Vice-President of Philanthropy will speak on behalf of the Canadian Women's Foundation.
Proceeds of our Celebration of Women's Day will be donated to the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Please join us for an evening of empowerment – to revive your spirit, ignite your passions and shine at the Balmy Beach Club from 6pm to 11pm. 

An array of appetizers will be served and a fine selection of wines and spirits will be available (cash bar). Please drink responsibly.
Our Pop-Up Market and Silent Auction will feature our local artisans and entrepreneurs.

A little bit about our Event Speakers

Suzanne Duncan

Suzanne Duncan has helped social justice organizations reach their philanthropic potential for 20 years. At social service organizations like YWCA Toronto and The WoodGreen Foundation, she connected visionary donors to innovative projects. She spent 9 years at the CAMH Foundation where she raised $39million+ for major mental health initiatives while curating and creating experiences for donors to feel the impact of their giving. Now as the Vice President of Philanthropy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Suzanne is advancing gender justice and ensuring women, girls and non-binary people don’t get left behind as we recover from the pandemic.
Nicki Brown

Nicki Brown

Nicki is a women’s empowerment coach on a mission to help women heal, and feel happy, healthy and whole in their mind, body and soul. Her company Sunflowers In Sunshowers, focuses on helping women flourish through holistic and transformational life coaching. She’s passionate about the work she is doing to help women love themselves wholly and live their life more fully.  After experiencing a “quarter-life crisis”, she struggled with her identity, life direction and overall life satisfaction—this was her awakening. She began a journey of self-discovery which led her to dismantle her conditioned beliefs and behaviours in order to re-define and realign with her vision of “the good life”. This journey led her to realize her calling as a life coach and pursue multiple certifications. Her passion is helping women witness their potential through increased awareness and self love and then help them heal from the beliefs and blockages that are keeping them stuck or holding them back so they can step into their power and create their vision of “the good life”. To date, she has had the privilege of helping women all over the world from London, England to Portland Oregon.
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Dianne Weatherby

Dianne Weatherby

Dianne is the Chair of the Board of the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) and has served on the Board in various capacities since 2012.
Founded in 1918, the OTA is the largest provincial tennis association in Canada, with 250 member clubs representing 85,000 adult and junior players.
Dianne is the second woman elected to serve as Chair in the association’s 100+ year history.
She has been President of her community tennis club since 2006.
In 2020, Dianne retired from the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Tennis Federation after 14 years serving in various capacities, including President and Past President.
Dianne has worked in the securities industry for 30 years, and currently works in the public affairs department of a regulatory organization where she is responsible for the management and execution of high profile, corporate events, and member education.
Since 2018, Dianne has served on the Board of Directors of YouthLink, a multi-service agency offering youth and family counselling, parenting support, youth shelter and housing, and education programs. She is currently the Chair of the Community Engagement Committee.
Miranda Marschalk

Eva Havaris

Eva Havaris is a veteran executive leader in the Canadian sports industry and founder of Leadership Mindset by Design – a leadership development and coaching agency for emerging leaders.
A former Division One collegiate soccer player and coach, Havaris earned numerous accolades most notably being recognized as the Canadian University Sport women’s soccer MVP in 2003.  She was later inducted into the Western Mustangs Hall of Fame in 2019.
Concurrent to her coaching endeavours, Havaris launched her career as an Executive in the Canadian Sport industry and has worked at the provincial and national levels in sport.  She joined Rugby Canada in 2006 and worked as the Associate Director of High-Performance Women’s Rugby and Rugby Development Manager until 2010.  She later went on to serve as CEO of two NSOs – Taekwondo Canada (2010-2014) and Equestrian Canada (2014-2017). 
 Havaris was a member of the Executive team that launched the Canadian Premier League serving as the Vice-President of Strategy and League Operations and Chief of Staff for York United FC. 
Eva currently serves as the Vice President of Partnerships and Participation at Tennis Canada.
Eva holds a Master of Arts in Sport Management.
Breagha Carr-Harris

Miranda Marschalk

Miranda Marschalk is a Psychotherapist and Certified Life Coach. She has over 20 years of experience counseling individuals and 2 year counseling groups. She specializes in Narrative Therapy, Cognitive and DBT Therapy and works to help her clients discover new ways of seeing and living their best lives. Miranda studied Nursing at George Brown College, Life Coaching at Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching and Psychotherapy at Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health and Adler University.
Starting out as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Hospital setting, she has taken her career through many different landscapes of the profession. She has been a front-line RN and has also worked in Health Management. Her areas of expertise are in Mental Health and Geriatrics. She has also lead group counseling sessions, focusing on Narrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy.
Miranda is an excellent listener and client advocate. She has a way of getting to the root of the issue with gentle probing, helping lead her clients to self- discovery. Her technique is one of talk therapy, using her strong attention to detail to draw out key triggers and motivations. Even the smallest revelation can bring about profound meaning leading to lasting understanding and change. She will lead you on a path to tap into your strengths, becoming the active pilot on your own journey.
Miranda is an excellent communicator and genuine individual. She is caring and understanding and really wants to see her clients make lasting progress to succeed. Her approach is one of guidance towards self-discovery, through acknowledgement of self and past experiences. She will help you draw upon your strengths to address the past and change your ongoing story. Miranda will guide you through the building blocks to create a foundation of Independence and Self Confidence.
Learn more about Miranda's journey in her interview with Business Talk Radio.
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Breagha Carr-Harris

A 15-year sports professional, Breagha is currently the Head of Women’s Professional Soccer at Canada Soccer having previously worked with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment across all 6 brands (Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC, Argos, Marlies and Raptors 905).  Breagha’s career spans across multiple disciplines ranging from; Ticketing, Membership Engagement, Fan Experience, Guest Services, Event Operations, Sport Development, Supporter Relations, Community Relations, Marketing, Global Partnerships, EDI, Event/Fundraising, Player/League Relations, Recruiting/Prospect Hosting,  Game Operations and Team Logistic Officer.  Breagha is a certified coach, having previously been an Assistant Coach with the men’s and women’s varsity soccer programs at York University and has over 15 years experience coaching soccer at various youth levels.

Julie Seale

Julie is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about her work. With over 21 years of experience, she has worked in many areas, including acute care, rehab, and family medicine. She is currently employed at a family health team where she uses a Health At Every Size® (HAES®), weight inclusive approach when counselling clients on their eating habits and food choices. Julie also has a part-time private practice where she helps her clients navigate diet culture so they can begin to heal their relationships with food…and their bodies. Her approach focuses on Intuitive Eating, finding pleasure in movement and developing body respect. She also has a strong background in gastrointestinal disorders (like IBS, IBD, diverticular disease), diabetes, and cardiovascular health.

When not out and about smashing weight stigma and diet culture, Julie can be found playing with her adorable rescue Siamese or using her skills as a certified beer sommelier to help people learn about beer (and food, of course!).
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Kerry-Anne Ross

Kerry-Anne is a Nurse Practitioner with 15+ years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings, currently working in paediatric acute care. During her 10 years in family practice, Kerry-Anne enjoyed working with patients across the lifespan, managing acute and chronic illness, and promoting health and wellness. While struggling to care for patients with weight based concerns, she was introduced to Intuitive Eating.  The evidence based approach resonated with her and she began incorporating it both in her practice and her own life. Through both one on one and group interactions, Kerry-Anne saw the way that the principles resonated with patients trying to navigate a world saturated with diet culture. This has led to a passion for dismantling diet culture and weight stigma, and spreading the word about the Intuitive Eating approach. 
Outside of healthcare, she can generally be found running around after her two little boys. She sometimes loves to run, and the way that it makes her brain feel after. She always loves to read, travel, and have a good chat over a meal with loved ones.

Including Complimentary tickets toALL ABOUT WOMEN SHOW
on April 28-30, 2023
at the International Centre, Hall 3 & 4, Mississauga

You don’t believe in taking a Band-Aid approach to solving problems and neither do we. That’s why the Canadian Women’s Foundation focuses on the most critical challenges facing women and girls, and invests in the most effective solutions for long-term change.

With your support, we approach holistically—from women and girls in communities across the country right up to the federal government level. It takes strong community organizations and dedicated service providers to deliver programs that change lives. Yet, these organizations often operate on shoestring budgets with few resources.

With your support, the Canadian Women’s Foundation provides organizations with one to five years of funding, which helps to retain staff, evaluate programs, and improve long-term outcomes.We also bring grantee organizations and sector experts together to network, discuss emerging issues, coordinate services, and work together toward long-term solutions.

Canadian Women's Foundation

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. By supporting community programs, the Foundation empowers women and girls to move themselves out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership.

Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. With the support of donors, the Foundation has raised more than $100 million and funded over 1,950 programs across the country. These programs focus on addressing the root causes of the most critical issues, and helping women and girls who face the greatest barriers.  

The Canadian Women’s Foundation aims to be inclusive of diverse people across gender and sexuality spectrums. We focus our efforts on supporting those who face the most barriers and have least access to relevant services. This includes people who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and 2SLGBTQI+.

To learn more, visit


The road to gender equality has been long, but every step forward comes from the tireless efforts of supporters like you.
Together, The Tireless will achieve gender equality. And we won’t rest until all of Canada is with us.
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Join us in our celebration of International Women's Day with awesome women at the beautiful Balmy Beach Club on Toronto's waterfront.

The Balmy Beach Club, 360 Lake Front, Toronto, ON M4E 1A7

 Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite .

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, let us not forget the many women thatare standing up against the invasion and have chosen to fight along with their men.

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