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Annual General Meeting – June 15th

The Bridges for Women Staff and Board of Directors are excited to come together, once again for its Annual General Meeting on June 15th, 2017.  This is an important time to celebrate the accomplishments, growth and 29 years of trauma-informed services provided by Bridges for Women to our participants, graduates, and community partners. Program starts at 5:00pm at Camosun College Landsdowne Campus in the Na’tsa’maht (“the Gathering Place”), followed by a reception in the Wilna Thomas Building. The AGM business, special resolutions and the election of the Board of Directors commences at 6:45pm.
GUEST SPEAKERS AND PERFORMANCES:

Ann-Bernice Thomas

Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria, Spoken Word Artist,
Actor, Activist, Film Make

Ann-Bernice Thomas has been in love with writing ever since she was a little girl. From poetry to stories to stage plays and picture books, she wrote and read everything she could. In grade 12, Ontario had its first high school slam competition, where her English teacher insisted she join the school’s team. The transition between page poetry and spoken word was one of the most difficult and downright cringe-worthy processes she has ever experienced, but somewhere along the road, she fell in love with the art of Spoken Word and never looked back.
Two years later, Ann-Bernice became the Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria. She uses her voice to rally social change, discussing immigration, identity, feminism, sexual education, mental health, and racism. She has performed at Victoria’s Ferguson Rally, The Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life, and stage-managed and performed in the Applied Theatre show Waste Management. This show toured to different high schools, discussing dumpster diving, capitalism, and the world of waste we have created for ourselves.Spoken word helped Ann-Bernice find the importance of her voice, changing her life in the most unexpected of ways. Now she aims to pass the gift of voice on to those that so often go unheard, so they can tell their tales that are aching to be told.

Learn more about Ann-Bernice at: www.wildwomanpoetry.com


Councillor Jeremy Loveday

Elected in 2014, Jeremy is passionate about making Victoria more affordable, sustainable, and vibrant. He is drawn to local politics because of the concrete nature of the decisions that need to be made and a deep love for the City of Victoria.  So far, he has found each day as a Councilor challenging and rewarding. He is driven by the belief that Victoria can be one of the greatest small cities in the world and that our residents have the ideas, drive, creativity, and passion to make it happen.
Jeremy is perhaps most well-known for using his award-winning spoken word poetry to speak out about important issues. In 2014, he made headlines around the world when one of his videos advocating against gender violence went viral online. He is the Founder and Director of Victorious Voices Youth Arts Festival and was the champion of the City of Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate Program; the first of its kind in Canada.
Jeremy is action-oriented and leads collaboratively. You can often find him riding his bicycle, working with youth, or meeting with residents in local coffee shops. Jeremy grew up in James Bay, currently resides in Fernwood, and holds a degree from Concordia University in Montreal.

WHERE?
Na’tsa’maht, The Gathering Place – click link for campus map
Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, Victoria, BC
WHEN?
Thursday, June 15th 2017

5:00pm to 8:00pm

DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:

Ample parking is available next to The Gathering Place / Na’Tsa’Maht in the P1 Parking lot, off of Landsowne Road (turning left into the lot is permitted). All parking at Camosun College is pay parking.
Rates: Short Term – $0.50/15 min; 4 hours – $3.25
Public transit is also accessible with bus routes 4, 7, 8, 14 & 15x.
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