All invited to celebrate Women’s Day

March 8 marks the 30th anniversary of International Women’s Day—and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (Rainy River District local) is observing the event with a celebration at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.
“The main point is to get together in celebration,” said local ETFO president Sharon Preston.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. next Thursday with a light meal, followed by some entertainment.
“It’s a social time for people to relax and talk,” Preston noted, adding there won’t be a lot of speeches.
Cathy Richards, Cynthia Donald, and Jackie Lampi-Hughes tentatively are scheduled to provide some of the entertainment.
There also will be a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Atikokan Crisis Centre.
“We will graciously accept donations for the silent auction,” Preston noted.
Those donations can be dropped off at the ETFO office, which is located next to the Volunteer Bureau at 140 Fourth St. W. (the old CN station).
Tickets for the event cost $10 each, which are available at Pharmasave and Shopper’s Drug Mart.
Preston noted both women and men are welcome to attend. “There are many men who are supportive of women’s issues,” she said.
The organizing committee, headed by Lorina Fryer, is hoping many people buy their tickets in advance so they have an idea how much food to order.
Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2007 is “Ending Violence Against Women: Real Action for Real Results.”
It was established by the United Nations in 1977 as an opportunity to celebrate the progress made to advance women’s rights and to assess the challenges that remain.
“International Women’s Day encourages us to consider steps to bring about equality for women and girls in all their diversity, and to celebrate the collective power of women past, present, and future,” according to Status of Women Canada.

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